July 2016 Blog Posts (13)

Third build

This is my third guitar build, the first two were definitely learning experiences. I think when I started out I was more concerned with the way they looked more than how they sounded. I joined CBN to get my work out there and see if I could pick the brains of more seasoned builders in hopes to improve my craft from pretty wall art to wall art that you can actually pull down and pick around the fire with friends. 

Submitted for your approval my third build. Thanks! …


Added by Jonathan Dodd on July 24, 2016 at 8:52am — 7 Comments

Remember "Blind, Gas-Can-Guitar Guy" from Africa? Let's Help Him Out.

Do you remember, Wesseh Freeman, the "blind gas can guitar guy?" He was the viral sensation that was filmed singing on the streets in Liberia, Africa.  Here's that original video:

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Added by Shane Speal shanespeal.com on July 19, 2016 at 10:00pm — 9 Comments

A Dulcimer from Way Waaaay Back

Hi, This dulcimer was my first build ever [apart from a mandolin built without plans or one to copy, but from photos]. Anyway built in around 1975 whilst living in Central Australia in the Northern Territory it was the first of many I built during the 70's…


Added by Taffy Evans on July 19, 2016 at 7:57pm — 1 Comment

Dulcimer from way back

Hi, I hear its Dulcimer week. Here's a photo of one I built some time ago being played by my young granddaughter. She's a young kid there but the manager of a jewellery shop now, phew! how time fly's.

I walked in the room and found that she had picked up the stick dulcimer and found one of my slides and was sliding away. She had also built a biscuit tin banjo, but…


Added by Taffy Evans on July 19, 2016 at 7:25pm — No Comments

First commission

A couple of years ago a friend asked me to make a special CBG for her husband, who organizes a popular annual blues festival in our region. The box was a special one, a treasured artifact signed by all of the performers at the show the year before. 

There are more signatures on the top, and the lid is curved, so I opted to make the bottom of the box the top of the…


Added by Jim Brown on July 17, 2016 at 10:50pm — 2 Comments

My last few builds

I thought I would just post a compilation of my last few builds in here just to let anyone who's interested see what I've been up to.

I'm not sure what I have shown you guys so I just took a few photos. I don't know if blog posts in here go to the photos page either so I might post them twice.

Quick rundown..

Three different scale length and semi acoustic to full electric builds. The smallest box is the inside sheath of the mid size guitar. So I got one for free…


Added by Fomhorach on July 15, 2016 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Americana Music Month, The Derry Down Cosmic Revival, project..

Awhile back  ,  CBN  member  "Gibby Fiddy  five"  posted  info in support  of this  historical  project .

Derry Down Project's Profile Photo

I took a shine to  it  and  pitched  in  .  you  can  too  . This  is   a great  piece  of history  being  saved   and  sure  to contribute to  more   history being  made.

The  video  can  portray it  way  better  than i can so watch and enjoy, and / or  get  involved  yourself  .…


Added by the anonymous pick on July 9, 2016 at 3:30am — 4 Comments

Pizeo and/or Mini Humbucker

Hey CBG peeps!  I've got a question regarding pizeos vs. a pickup such as a Mini Humbucker.  I'm looking to achieve that raw North Mississippi sound and would like some input on what type of pickup is best for that. Also, if I were to buy a CBG with an existing pizeo, can something like a Mini Humbucker be added and would the two types work together. How does these two different pickup styles translate in sound quality. My exiting CBG has a pizeo which sounds good to me but I've never really…


Added by Charly Lukhardtt on July 7, 2016 at 3:06pm — 8 Comments

Violin with a difference.

I thought I would add these photos of a violin I built, as I've just seen mention of CB violins. Must have built it about 25 years ago.

Its a solid body so of course its electric, the pickup is under the bridge feet. needs a preamp with an EQ to get a…


Added by Taffy Evans on July 5, 2016 at 8:21pm — 4 Comments

Bucket List L-00 Build

Building CBG's for a couple of years gave me the confidence in using hand tools to attempt a six string custom L-00.  I worked under the supervision of local luthier Dave Bagwill and it took me several months to complete.  

Since this is not a CBG I won't take up a ton of space here but thought some might enjoy looking at a couple of photos. Body is Sitka Spruce over East Indian Rosewood with Cocobolo trim and a Mahogany neck and Ebony fretboard.

It is ladder braced,14 fret to…


Added by Primitive Acoustics on July 4, 2016 at 6:59pm — 4 Comments

The Eight Days Of Glastonbury

Glastonbury -  the biggest greenfield music festival in  the world. Way back in October 2015, me and my sales manager (my daughter Anne) decided we'd have a go at…


Added by ChickenboneJohn on July 3, 2016 at 9:30am — 12 Comments


We quite often see photos of 1st world war troops with homemade instruments on this site , so I thought I would share the link below to the events which took place across the UK to commemorate the 20,000 thousand British soldiers who were killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, which began 100 years ago on on July 1, 1916. Ultimately 1 million troops were liked or injured in this battle alone, with big losses on both sides, at the end of the battle, there were 485,000 British and…


Added by David Bowes on July 2, 2016 at 5:29am — No Comments

a day in the Life of a CBG

I was just browsing Craigslist to see what the market might be for CBGs in my area. There was one post. The git looked a bit familiar and sure, enough...

    It was one of mine, that I had sold years ago. My logo was plain to see.  hmmm

At first I was like, "Cool. "

Then I was all,  " ...Didn't he like it enuff to keep it? "

T hen: I was kinda…


Added by Rich on July 1, 2016 at 5:22pm — 3 Comments

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