July 2013 Blog Posts (15)

WEIRD EXPERIMENTAL "MUSIC" VIDEOS (Video Blog #3)

First up is What Is It?

From Winsor McCay's 1921 animated film.

1 string cigar box guitar, psychotronic strumbox, and the voice of The Wolf?

Next up is Knoxville Girl…

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Added by Clock The Wolf on July 31, 2013 at 2:00pm — 34 Comments

The way we were.

A normal tea time kitchen when I was a kid just not that long ago.

This was how it was 50 odd years ago in the UK when I was a kid, yes I had a black face like that after playing on pit stacks and bomb sites, can anyone see something familiar?

Added by Chris Thomas on July 31, 2013 at 10:58am — 1 Comment

Thoughts on a Double Neck Cigar Box Guitar

The Shane…

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Added by Shane Speal shanespeal.com on July 31, 2013 at 7:20am — No Comments

After just over a year of drooling, got me a 3 String.

Just over a year ago I had the luck to see Markus James (an awesome blues player) play a few tunes on a cigar box guitar at the Vancouver Island Musicfest 2012. I have been drooling over the sound since and I have been looking into building or purchasing one (nearest ones I could find were in Vancouver BC). Well, at this years festival lo and behold, the owner of Hard Times Musical Instruments was demoing a few that he had built and in fact, he was actually building one at the festival for…

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Added by Rodger Burton on July 29, 2013 at 11:27pm — 5 Comments

Just came home from Afghanistan and got my Cigar Box Guitar!  What a great welcome home present!  Thanks again!  Steve

Just came home from Afghanistan and got my Cigar Box Guitar!  What a great welcome home present!  Thanks again!  Steve

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Added by Stephen A. Heinz on July 29, 2013 at 4:23pm — 2 Comments

maybe its been done?

it would be nice if somebody would make a poster of different f holes for cbg makers so we can stencil a certain style on !!!

Or has it been done?

Added by Mr.melo on July 21, 2013 at 10:12am — 6 Comments

Build # 2 is ready to play.

Not done, but ready to play.  Sorry about the paucity of pics.

I built this one with a 20" scale length so the lower frets would be closer together, make it easier to play with my little stubby fingers.

I also built the fingerboard up higher than the face of the box so there would be room for a higher bridge and nut and still leave some space in the…

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Added by Jeff McFadden on July 20, 2013 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

$30. build at the fest and played in this song!

My friend Scott Stubblefield bought an electric CBG kit for $30. at the June St. Louis  CBG festival 2013. He did this recording directly through a Vox Mini amp plug, fed into the computer and mix using a free program. $30. 3 string CBG kit! It impressed me what one can do on a budget.

Added by smilingdog1 on July 13, 2013 at 3:07pm — 1 Comment

3 WAY SWITCH HELP!

Hi there people!

I am in a new proyect in doing a 6 string 3/4 scale CBG, and I am almost done.

One single coil and a piezo for that electric and acouctic sound, but I am in a dilema.  HOW TO USE THIS SWITCH IN THIS DIAGRAM FROM TED CROCKER?…

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Added by juan garcia on July 10, 2013 at 1:31pm — 1 Comment

vol. pot and piezo hook-up

Ron, I've hooked up everything according to Ted Crocker's diagram.  Maybe I have wrong value pot or piezo is bad from Radio Shack.  I've wired Tele's and Strat's with no problem.  Cut the buzz on the Tele's and Strat's with foil in the body cavities.  But have problems with simple CBG.

Thanks for you response

Added by wayne niswander on July 9, 2013 at 10:34pm — No Comments

volume control hook-up for piezo disk or rod?

Having trouble hooking up volume pot for piezo disk or rod.  What is the secret? certain value pot, need a cap. what?

Added by wayne niswander on July 7, 2013 at 10:20pm — 1 Comment

First Build "King of Hearts"

Here's a link to my YouTube video about my first build "King of Hearts".

Cigar Box Guitar

http://youtu.be/_UK3Nl4CNAE

Big River Highway…

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Added by Kenneth Wilson Hale on July 5, 2013 at 8:46pm — 2 Comments

Wandering in a vast forest

Wandering in a vast forest late at night with only a faint candle to light my way, a stranger appears and says, "Why haven't you been building cigar box guitars?" 

Well, all my answers are lame, so I'll just say that I'm building again and that I'm making some changes and hopefully will have some photos to post very soon.  I'm doing my very first 3 string on a box I made. 

I have some local musicians playing my guitars and people wanting me to make them something, so hopefully…

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Added by Charlotte Henry on July 5, 2013 at 11:37am — 2 Comments

Beginning build CBG #2

Launching a build on CBG #2. This one will have a 20" (506mm) scale length. I'm going to cut away (relieve) a significant portion of the neck behind the box top in an attempt to allow the top to resonate better, a la Shane Speal's "Dado Blade" video, but I'll use a router, 'cause that's what I have.
It's a pretty fancy box. I didn't take any pics tonight but I'll get some.

Added by Jeff McFadden on July 3, 2013 at 11:06pm — No Comments

Cottin Pickin Blues has been nominated for the Martha Stewart Viewers Choice American Made Awards Ten winners are chosen by the editors of the Martha Stewart Living magazine and are given American Ma…

Cottin Pickin Blues has been nominated for the Martha Stewart Viewers Choice American Made Awards

Ten winners are chosen by the editors of the Martha Stewart Living magazine and are given American Made Awards. Additionally, six winners are voted on by the audience in unique categories with one grand prize winner who will get $10,000. The winners will be invited to showcase their goods at the American Made Workshop in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal Vanderbilt Hall on…

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Added by Steve Cinnamon on July 2, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

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