July 2014 Blog Posts (17)

Off To Clifftop

Hey everyone, I'll be heading to the Appalachian String Band Festival (Clifftop, WV) soon and gone for a week. This American roots music festival leans heavily toward traditional fiddle and banjo tunes but there are also groups of blues, cajun and New Orleans brass band folks there as well - all acoustic music. One thing I love about this festival is that the overwhelming majority of the 3,000 + people who attend play music at various levels. There are a few who just come to listen but it's…


Added by Jim Morris on July 24, 2014 at 9:16am — 1 Comment

Justin Johnson

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Added by Ken Vickets on July 22, 2014 at 10:56pm — No Comments

How the Blues was born

As a novice getting the hang of playing any instrument, especially a CBG is very confusing. Playing the instrument in a Blues style is even more complicated if you do not understand its development. I have yet to find a good primer on blues. I am not an expert but the following appears to be valid from all I have read:

The major "D" for blues has a "D" for the I chord, and "F" for the iii,  a G for the IV, an "A" for the V, and a…


Added by frank tennyson on July 22, 2014 at 11:06am — 6 Comments

How I make my necks - part 3

Part 1

Part 2

So up until this point, we have the basic shape of the neck, and the fretboard is as good as done. This would be a good time to level, crown and polish the frets, if you wish. I wrote a 'how to' on that…


Added by Richey Kay on July 17, 2014 at 2:00am — 20 Comments

How I make my necks - part 2

Part 1

OK - so we're ready to start shaping the headstock. The first job is to mask off the wood, then draw the design. I've also measured and marked out where I want the tuners to be.…


Added by Richey Kay on July 17, 2014 at 1:30am — 14 Comments

How I make my necks - part 1

I don't claim to have invented this design, but here's how I make a robust neck through with a heel, leaving plenty of space under the lid for pickups/bracing etc. There are plenty of ways to go about this, and no right or wrong way. However this design helped me overcome a number of obstacles in my early builds. I will skip over quite a few basic aspects of CBG building so it might be an idea to have a grasp of scale lengths etc.…


Added by Richey Kay on July 17, 2014 at 1:30am — 24 Comments

Muddy Creek Guitars Radio Interview

Back in December 2013, local musician, Bill Maakestad, played a Muddy Creek Guitar at concert. Afterwards, local radio newsman, Rich Eggers, said he would like to do an interview with me sometime close to some of my sales. Summer is a big time for sales with town festivals and fairs. A few weeks ago, Rich had me in the studio for an interview. That weekend was Macomb's Heritage Days Festival. Rich came out and talked with a customer. The interview airs Monday, July 14th, on Tri States Public…


Added by Muddy Creek Guitars on July 13, 2014 at 4:30pm — 5 Comments

Cigar Box Ukulele Contest Winners Announced - plus awesome news!

Cigar Box Nation's "Cigar Box Ukulele Contest" winner announced!

Top prize is awarded to Delta Groove Guitars from Irvington, IL for his gorgeous double-neck tenor uke.…


Added by Shane Speal shanespeal.com on July 11, 2014 at 10:20am — 4 Comments

I see 3s. Chapter ii

hi there.  This is a continuation of my blog I see threes, which i will be referring to and expanding upon, the earlier blog should be considered required reading...


8 July 2014

Welcome back :)

So where were we ?

We talked about this little interval, the 'diatonic third', and learned that it is just…


Added by The Phrygian Kid on July 9, 2014 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

New CBG album "Das Wohltemperirte Cigar Box Guitar" by Captain Nemoff

Album Notes

Cigar Box Guitar and classical music met again after 150…

Added by Cpt. Nemoff on July 8, 2014 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

New Band...Free Download

I am really lucky to be playing with a great drummer (Matt Jones) and Bass player (Spencer Brown) in Bristol. We have been working hard in Matt's studio for the past couple of months coming up with new material for our debut album. Gigs coming up and i am really pleased with whats come out so far. Thought i would post up a free download of one our new tunes 'Angel In The Night'. A little taster of things to come. Hope you enjoy peeps. Keep on keepin' on.

P.S more lessons…


Added by Joe Cribb on July 7, 2014 at 8:12pm — 1 Comment

Recommended reading for new builders

I got interested in this by reading Music Factory by Mike Orr and I have used his wiring diagrams to create stomp boxes and built amp kits from cbgitty.  I would like to build guitars but live in a small apartment.

what are your favorite books for getting started ? 

thanks,  Kirby

Added by Kirby Amick on July 4, 2014 at 10:56am — 7 Comments

how to....

real easy to get them on the boxes.   Download the photo,

use spray adhesive on the box and attach....and finally cover it with a thin piece if plexi glass.  Real simple and the results are very satisfying.

Added by Steve Cinnamon on July 3, 2014 at 3:39pm — 1 Comment

New Direction!!!!!

We are now experimenting with personalized CBG's   ....What do ya think???

Added by Steve Cinnamon on July 2, 2014 at 5:31pm — 6 Comments

License Plate Sessions Officially Released!

Alright! Today is the day. License Plate Sessions is now available all over the place. Itunes, Bandcamp, CD Baby and all that other jazz. Thanks to everyone for your support. Thanks Jay Patton for building the guitar and producing the album. It was a blast to make. I hope you guys at cigarboxnation enjoy it!…


Added by Sincerely, Iris on July 1, 2014 at 10:12am — 4 Comments

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