May 2011 Blog Posts (17)

Thirsk Guitar Show

A very long day...up at 3.45am...load up the car and on the road for 5.15am and a 150 mile drive to Yorkshire. I love being on the road that time of a morning...quiet roads, and seeing in the start of the day, even if it's a misty drizzley one.


It was nice to see some old friends and meet some new customers....I had another good day for sales, and some great guitar shop wants to stock some of my stuff, another wants a custom guitar with their logo on it, I…


Added by ChickenboneJohn on May 30, 2011 at 4:19am — 4 Comments

Too loud, too long and too many guitars. Is this possible?

Ok, first an introduction since few here really know me.

I am a huge music fan. I loved to go to concerts when I was younger (I think it was 1970 something......) And I still really enjoy taking in a good live performance.

I am interested in and study the evolution of American music, and find the story that comes together with the melting of folk, country, cowboy, delta and peidmont blues fascinating. The effects of immigration, migration, cultures, war and stand out performers…


Added by Mark Bliss on May 29, 2011 at 9:50am — 5 Comments

first cbg

Built my first cbg. Still have some refinement to do to get some bugs out. Now I will need to learn how to play it. Enjoyed building the cbg and looking to do a better job on the next one. It's been fun.

Added by Jack Kretchmer on May 28, 2011 at 8:50am — No Comments

Jimi is also a CBG player !

If you have information on this photo thank you for sharing them.

Added by TheoMojo on May 25, 2011 at 5:14pm — 6 Comments

A good day at North West Guitar Show

Last weekend I had a good day at Haydock Park, taking my store on the road to The North West Guitar Show...even got quoted in Music Instrument Professional....blimey...!!!


It was great to meet a few people that I'd only exchanged emails with, and some existing customers... "TexMexy" Kev was there to collect another custom guitar from me. There's always lots of…


Added by ChickenboneJohn on May 20, 2011 at 12:39pm — 3 Comments

About me

I played in a early 80's punk rock band called Violent Apathy (Featured in the book "Why Be Something That Your Not" available from Amazon etc.) Later I played in post punk bands Manalive, House Of Sorrow and the grunge band Black Spring. Violent apathy vids are on youtube. We recently did a reunion tour. I am into all music from country to metal. The cigar box thing is a current passion. I also have banjo's, Mandolins, strumsticks, upright bass, theremin, all kinds of goodies. I love music. I… Continue

Added by Tommy Fuller on May 18, 2011 at 6:02pm — 3 Comments

Can't Be The Blues

I have sat down and really, really tried to write some old-timey blues lyrics and I find it difficult.  After this weekend, it won't be possible for a long time, I'm afraid.


On Saturday night, I made the committment that my new hobby would be self-funding and not-for-profit.  At least, I don't want it to be the sink hole that my other pastimes have been.  Namely R/C cars, offroad wheeling in my Jeep and restoring a 1947 Willys CJ-2A.  I sold the Wrangler so that sorted itself…


Added by Bad Finger (Eric) on May 16, 2011 at 12:34pm — 12 Comments

The Budrow in the Studio for NEW a CD.

Here is a little video that Dave put together of us in the studio last week as he was recording us for our New CD that will be coming out very soon. We will giving away some CD's as well, ...details to come, stay tuned.

Visit and LIKE The Budrows on Facebook for your chance to win.…


Added by Jason Farthing on May 16, 2011 at 11:41am — 2 Comments



the first 100 downloads are free. this is my first all-cigarbox guitar album, featuring builds from Darren Brown, Christian Beshore, and Olds Sleeper.



Added by olds sleeper on May 15, 2011 at 3:32pm — 7 Comments

End of an Era, Back Porch Mojo will be closing.

   I want to thank all of those in the CBG community who have taught me, supported me, learned from me... and especially been my customers.

   I know there has been a lot of talk about me and my Back Porch Mojo of late, and I just want to take a moment to clear up some of the facts and fiction.  I have basically stopped building at this time. For better than a year I have suffered from some really nasty tendonitis in my right elbow and shoulder. these were the perils of being an…


Added by Darren "Big Daddy" Dukes on May 15, 2011 at 11:26am — 6 Comments

how do you make a canjo sound good

Start with a good can?

Added by Poppeysguitars on May 13, 2011 at 3:31pm — 1 Comment

Sourcing Cigar Boxes

Stringent anti-smoking laws in Ireland wont allow shops to display  cigars, the boxes are cosigned to back rooms. Tobacconists are virtually extinct so it is hard to find a shop that might  have a few boxes waiting to be skipped.


I was lucky enoughh to get a  few boxes from the Decent Cigar Empirium in Dublin, at the top end of  Grafton Strret. Anyone visiting Dublin should head in, you might not get a Cigar Box from  them, but boy what a place, smells of Cuban coffee and…


Added by Sean Laffey on May 11, 2011 at 6:50pm — 2 Comments

Luther Dickson from 'Black Crowes' talking and showing CBGs

Luther Dickson from 'Black Crowes' talking and showing CBGs.

Starts at 8:10.

Added by Mark T Chard on May 11, 2011 at 11:56am — 1 Comment

Entering this crazy Poor-Man's Music world !

Hey everyone (anyone who might be reading),


Loving this CBNation site !


I'm a terribly musically challenged individual.  You could set me out in the wilderness and although I could find a way to make a knife, build a hut, tell me my supper depended on contributing something musical and I guess I'd starve.


Thank goodness I discovered the 3 String instruments. 


I currently have a very pretty (I mean manly) 3 String Stick Dulcimer…


Added by James Boutilier on May 9, 2011 at 5:37pm — 8 Comments

Uploading profile photo

Can not get my profile pic to work. I go to the browser and choose a picture to upload and nothing happens, but I can upload the same picture to My Pictures and it will show up. Can anyone tell me what's up with that ?

Added by Mark Bishop on May 8, 2011 at 9:58am — 2 Comments

Generous hearts in GA

This week I'm a blessed gal,....(most weeks i am, this one especially so) on:

A parcel arrived this week from Georgia and sent by one Mr.BeStillroy Within the splendid box lay a beautiful handmade 3 string custom CBG reso that BeStillRoy felt led to gift in my direction.....!!!:-) it is dubbed "Cinderella"..(.and i spose it DOES have my name on it! --be sure and see his posts of pics for close ups) LOL (my YT user name cinderellalifestyle)  I am spending my tax…


Added by Laurie Lee Campbell on May 4, 2011 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Outclassed and outperformed, but still had fun.

This weekend I attended a party at a friend's house themed "bring your own musical instrument."  I wasn't sure about bringing my CBG since the host is a talented guitar player, so I just ate a mess of beans for lunch.  Then I decided to bring my CBG in case I got performance anxiety and needed a backup instrument.


So I arrived with the family and was surprised that no one else had brought anything.  Not even a set of maracas or spoons.  Nada.  The host immediately reached his…


Added by Bad Finger (Eric) on May 2, 2011 at 9:07am — 6 Comments

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