June 2017 Blog Posts (19)

First attempt at a guitar (part 2)

After cutting the outside, this is what the body looks like (upside down):

The neck is made of quarter sawn maple with red arariba glued in the middle.  I decided on 'neck almost through' building technique, and have about a 2 degree back angle on the neck.  While I have not started this yet, I plan on using wenge for the fretboard, tailpiece, and…


Added by The Big One on June 30, 2017 at 11:55am — 2 Comments

First attempt at a guitar (part 1)

After my drums and ukulele, I decided to try for a more CBG-esque instrument.  (Unfortunately, no cigar boxes were harmed in the making of this instrument).

This guitar uses CBG design principles, such as through neck, floating bridge, 4 strings, no truss rod, etc.  However instead of a cigar box (which I don't have ready access to), I decided to make my own box.  Since I am a sucker for punishment, I decided to make it in the traditional figure 8 shape... but without using any wood…


Added by The Big One on June 30, 2017 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Drum Set

Not a CBG, but a homemade instrument nonetheless, so I figure it (kinda) fits here.

Jungle / cocktail 2 piece drum set.  The floor tom doubles as a bass drum, with the foot pedal modified to swing upwards instead of forward.…


Added by The Big One on June 30, 2017 at 11:25am — No Comments

First stringed instrument build (Ukulele)

Hi all,

My work with stringed instruments began a few months ago with a ukulele build.  Not a cigar box, but a custom box nonetheless.

Maple neck and soundboard, walnut sides and back, red arariba bridge and fretboard, deer antler nut and saddle.

I did this one before I was familiar with CBG style building, so I made quite a few mistakes, but even…


Added by The Big One on June 30, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

Glastonbury with Chickenbone John, Hollowbelly and Anne Zilpha


    After last year's success selling cigar box guitars at Glastonbury, we decided to have another shot at it. My sales manager (and daughter) Anne completed the application in October of last year...and early in March we heard that we'd been offered…


Added by ChickenboneJohn on June 29, 2017 at 6:00pm — No Comments

The terrors of online window shopping

Oh no! I just had to stop myself from hitting add to cart about fifty times while window shopping on cb gitty! I only went on to look for some components for the next build and most importantly some more picks after my last one flew outta the car window on the way to work this morning. Supposed to be saving money for the wifes birthday so dont think it would have gone down well ☺

Added by Mike on June 29, 2017 at 12:42pm — No Comments

Flying V 3 String Build Part 2


Added by Milt Haselmire on June 26, 2017 at 6:46pm — 4 Comments

Flying V 3 String Build Part 1


Added by Milt Haselmire on June 23, 2017 at 2:38pm — 4 Comments

introducing cbg to guitarists

So, there are about 7 guitarist that I have met 5 of which i work with. I have shown these people my builds. A couple of them remarked "oh, cool i seen these on you tube." or something to that affect which is cool i let them look at it and play it. (sense i can't play very well at all it is nice to see them played.) However a surprising amount of them seemed confused and joke "why does it only have three strings." like there is something wrong with it. I don't know why but it makes me so…


Added by Donald Rees on June 21, 2017 at 10:27pm — 12 Comments

Tricone Resonator CBG

A friend of mine recently bought a dogbowl resonator cbg on Etsy. To be honest, it didn't have much "resonator" to it, but was built well and played in tune. A friend of his saw it and wanted a resonator cbg of his own. Long story short, I got the commission.

I know lots of you have made dogbowl, paint can lid, etc resonators, but for the life of me, I couldn't…


Added by Hal Robertson on June 21, 2017 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

Backslider Washboards

Just completed a small run of these. Two are one string Diddly Bows and the rest are 3 Stringers. Reclaimed Fir necks with single coils. All wiring is enclosed. Aluminum bridge and nuts.…


Added by Milt Haselmire on June 19, 2017 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

Backslider Guitars

I build and repair guitars in Western Canada. For many years I built traditional Acoustic And Electrics one at a time. In the last number of years I am making and playing almost exclusively 3 and 4 string CBG's and homemade guitars. I generally have several guitars for sale.

For those that are interested I thought I would post some of my builds, some of my techniques, and some works in progress. I work in a one man shop, that was originally a 1950's barn, and was in bad disrepair when…


Added by Milt Haselmire on June 16, 2017 at 7:06pm — 2 Comments

New cherry walnut hollow body 5 string banjo

Internal Remo toy hand drum from thrift store.  (not adjustable)

I had the wood. $25 to $30 project.  


Added by Steve Holladay on June 13, 2017 at 11:55am — 4 Comments

NEW CBG Single! Yellow Dog by Nigel McTrustry

Jump on that Train!

Please check out my new single now available on iTunes 

i play 3 string cbgs, 2 string bass,

Caroline Hammond - Percussion & vocal

Scottie Burke - Drums & vocal




Added by Nigel McTrustry on June 12, 2017 at 11:41pm — No Comments

e-drum kit

Decided after the 2x4 contest that i wanted to build an e-drum version of my acoustic drum kit firstly to challenge myself secondly to keep good relations with my neighbors. also decided to once again use 2x4s

i got the stave rings glued up for the 20" bass and also started to improve the drum lathe i built i put my roughter table into the top of one of my benches and started building the uprights when done i should be able to do a drum from 6" to 24" and up to 20" long…


Added by michael spiker on June 11, 2017 at 8:43pm — 2 Comments

Story of Dan 2.0 at the STL FEST

Dan Sleep attended the 2016 fest and surprised everyone, wasn't sure he would come. He must've had a good time because he said he would be back.

Unfortunately Dan got some bad news and life turned on him and he wasn't well enough to attend this year. Talked with him via email and he asked if he sent a photo would I stick it in a corner then he would feel like he was there. I said that I would make it happen. Checked with others to see if my idea to make a life size image of Dan would…


Added by gary herget on June 6, 2017 at 10:34pm — 10 Comments

Teaching moment

I guided my grown step-son through building his own Cigar Box Amp, his first experience with soldering and some basic woodworking.  We had a great time and he really likes the sound.…


Added by JL on June 6, 2017 at 7:51am — 4 Comments

River Front Times review CBG Festival St. Louis MO.

2017 5th Annual CBG Fest St. Louis MO.

Cigar Box Guitar Festival Brings DIY Instruments to St. Louis This Weekend

Posted By Quinn Wilson on Thu, Jun 1, 2017 at 6:09 AM

  • Cigar Box guitars can be constructed…

Added by smilingdog1 on June 1, 2017 at 11:50am — No Comments

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