June 2010 Blog Posts (13)

just learning

hi everyone i'm actually just learning how to play the cbg friend of mine lent me one of his and i think it is super cool any tips would be grately app.

Added by matthew millett on June 28, 2010 at 7:38pm — 1 Comment

1/2 step forward....

Well got all the tools I need. And found a place for wood. Sorta. They're only open wile I'm at work. Been working Sat's as well. They're closed on Sundays. Drove all the way there today to find that out in person. Oh well. LOL Really itching to get started on a first build so I can have something to post about. Seems like every time I check this site out there's 300 more hand made cigar box guitars. I'm kinda falling behind here. LOL

Going to get a pound of fret wire from…

Added by Paul Stephen Eklund on June 27, 2010 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Not much progress and some thoughts.....

Even though I have wood I can glue together to get a nice neck I'm still looking for a source for more. Everywhere I go it's the same story. They can get it but it'll have to be ordered in. Which means I'll be stuck buying wood without seeing it first. Don't like the idea at all. It's not just wood I'm looking to get. It's a part of a musical instrument. Something I'm going to build and play. Means a lot more to me than whatever they decide to ship. I know of one lumber yard 40 or so miles from… Continue

Added by Paul Stephen Eklund on June 26, 2010 at 12:03am — No Comments

CBG Christian Meuller T-Shirts

I just received 2 of the 4 T-Shirts today. If you think they looked good in the pictures, wait until you get them, if you haven't already. One word comes to mind, "Outstanding". Shane, Christian and all involved done a superb job with these. I should have expected no less when you look at this web site. Kudos all around again to Shane and all the members of this site for making it such a great place.

Added by Griz on June 25, 2010 at 11:40pm — No Comments

first build....it makes noise!!!

hello cbg nation!, i am a lurker comming out of the dark. i found out about cbg from a throw away local paper here in L.A. and went on the internet and found SO much info. i watched some vid's on youtube and loved the sound. gritty and raw! now being that i have zero musical skills and about the same woodworking skills i said "self, i need to build one of those and learn to play it" so i did. crow style. easy build with a $1.00 box and a piece of red oak and some hardware. i put some…


Added by hoodrat on June 20, 2010 at 9:42pm — 3 Comments

Moreland & Arbuckle in Flower Mound, TX

Saw Moreland & Arbuckle at the 2010 Wild About Flower Mound Festival yesterday. I love those guys and always try to catch a gig when they are in town. It was a good show despite the low turnout and high heat. Even though it was a 6:30 show, the guys were playing while facing the hot Texas sun so they were sweating their asses off. Aaron Moreland kept breaking strings and although he couldn't see with all the sweat in his eyes, he ripped up several songs with his trusty CBG. If you haven't… Continue

Added by Chris Barnes on June 20, 2010 at 6:56pm — No Comments

Tablature availability

Hi, I`m new to Cigar Box Nation, and pretty new to playing bottleneck. I`m working my way through Keni Lee Burgess tuition CD`s, and whilst I know that he tries to provide the knowledge & understanding to enable me to listen to songs and "work out" how its played, I still find it tough without tablature. ......... Is there anyone out there who provides tablature to order?

There are a number of songs I want to be able to play. .... "Black Angel Blues" and "It Hurts me too"…


Added by phillip smith on June 17, 2010 at 7:00pm — No Comments


I found the top piece to that buffet. Like the rest of the piece it was machine made out of scraps. Mostly good woods. The back of it is a usable 9 1/8 x 41 3/4 x 3/4 of mahogany. SWEET! It also has a large slab across the top of maple. 2 1/2 x 43 1/8 x 1 1/4. I'm hoping the 5 or 6 niles in it are the only things holding it together. I haven't come across any glue yet when doing repairs to the buffet itself so I'm hopeful this will come apart easily.

One note for anyone who's… Continue

Added by Paul Stephen Eklund on June 15, 2010 at 10:25pm — No Comments


This Saturday's festival in Oxford, Mississippi will showcase more than 30 regional bands including Jimbo Mathus, Johnny Lowe, and Valerie June. A cigar box stage will be featured, offering a live display of the play of homemade instruments. Anyone who is in the regional area, and home of the blues, should come check out this rare event. For more information go to WWW.OXFORDRHYTHMREVIVAL.COM

Added by Rachel Strotmeyer on June 15, 2010 at 4:44pm — No Comments

sound holes

how big should the sound holes be? several small ones or one big one (1/2 to 3/4 inch)

Added by William McCauley on June 15, 2010 at 3:25pm — 4 Comments

It's a start.

Got a load of cigar boxes and 6 tuners off of Ebay. Three of the boxes are kidna small. I'll use them to store things in. Or figure a way of combining two of them to make a different looking body. Now to find some decent wood for necks. Got to thinking. I go to auctions quite a bit. Every once in a wile there's damaged old furniture that goes cheat. That's how I got the buffet I have now. It looked real bad when I picked it up for $1. Looks great now. Was thinking it be cool if I could come… Continue

Added by Paul Stephen Eklund on June 9, 2010 at 8:24pm — No Comments

Need HELP. Wiring a CBG with real strat pickups

got a few questions and needing help concerning wiring a CBG with some old pickups i took out of my squier electric guitar. Just not sure whats the correct wiring procedure and how to ground out the wires so the sound is clean with no buzz. If anyone could help me and give some sort of direction, it would be appreciated. thanks

Added by Nick Riethmaier on June 8, 2010 at 5:09pm — 3 Comments

Guess it's a bit about me.

Grew up listening to classical music. Didn't start listening to rock till the mid 70's. I heard bands like Yes, The Moody Blues, Steely Dan, Lead Zeppelin. Went from listening to Mozart to playing air guitar to every Kiss album I could get my hands on. LOL Got my first guitar for Christmas 1976 and life hasn't been the same sense. Rock and more rock. Love speed metal, heavy metal, thrash... Favorite group? Seplutura!!! Also totally dig Jazz. Have a big collection of bebop, post bop and some… Continue

Added by Paul Stephen Eklund on June 6, 2010 at 10:53pm — No Comments

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