August 2012 Blog Posts (12)

Knoxville News Sentenil story about the CANJO

Here's a link to a detailed and superbly written story by Brian Long, staff writer of the Knoxville News Sentinel newspaper, about the accurate history of the one-stringed musical instrument called the "canjoe", and by some, 'canjo'.

Added by CanJoe*John on August 27, 2012 at 1:24pm — 4 Comments

Building the Tennessee Thunder harp mic and gig case

Tennessee Thunder.  

Here we go, a harp mic for Tennessee Toddy.  

It starts with an old slab…


Added by Ted Crocker on August 26, 2012 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

Long Horn Cigar Box Guitar

My wife asked me what I wanted for my birthday, and my reply was I wanted the long horn pick up and matching head stock inlay made by Randy Bretz....well low and behold, she got it for me. Here is the mock up. ( I used the picture of the actual pick up)

So I got me a cigar box…


Added by Reeds Taylor on August 25, 2012 at 12:00am — 9 Comments

New 3 string FatdaddyBlues guitars and 4 videos

Hi, I have been absent for a while, and am sorry that I am not able to spend a lot of time here due to some obligations and issues, you know that life thing lol...

Anyway, I did get a new 3 string FatDaddyBlues guitar, and am enjoying it. I will be doing a show on September 22nd at the White Steeple Stage in Pinckney MI. Last night, I had some time alone for the first time in a while, and I took advantage of it and stayed up late recording videos of my practice. I added it here if you…


Added by Letha Allen on August 19, 2012 at 12:16pm — 8 Comments

Big Bottom Girls - 8/19/12 - a Goodland County Short Story - no cbg content

Big Bottom Girls by John Bolton

November, 1933

Goodland County, Oklahoma

Maggie Jinks, Susie Slater and Thelma Trueax were the big bottom girls. Big Bottom School which was officially designated but seldom called Goodland County School #9. It was a wood framed one room school house with nineteen students ranging from first to eighth grade. There were no seventh graders in 33’ and the BB girls, as the only eighth graders, ruled the roost. Miss Potter, their teacher. She…


Added by Uncle John on August 19, 2012 at 12:00pm — 17 Comments

Number 4

Started on a new build about two weeks ago,another 3 stringer with what I hope has a distressed/used finish on the wood and metal parts.Since my son has laid claim to my first CBG I built,this one will be for my own use.As a additional challenge,I'm gonna attempt to build a case for it as well,a first for me.If all goes well,the case will also house my harmonicas,and have a built in amp,we'll see...:)…


Added by mike mccaw on August 19, 2012 at 10:22am — 3 Comments

Email I received from a customer

Hi Mark

This is a bit overdue but thanks again for the great guitar.  My wife Shelly didn't even scold me which I attribute to the guitar's beauty. 

There was an employee at the hotel we stayed at in St Paul who is a player and he went nuts for it.  He kept saying it's folk art (which it is).  I was walking out of the hotel (the day after I found myself hanging in the lobby next to Billy Crystal, Robin Williams and Steve Martin - Im sure you know Martin is quite the…


Added by Mark Lillo on August 17, 2012 at 5:02pm — 8 Comments

Convert a speaker to a battery-powered amplifier

This looks good--

The article at Hack A Day links to

Pertinent details: this speaker encloses a 12v 1.2 mAh sealed lead-acid battery.  Also on the…


Added by Dan F on August 13, 2012 at 11:37pm — No Comments

...a common Cigar Box Guitar question...

...a common Cigar Box Guitar question...
I want to play 3 string CBG in GDg tuning on my 4 string CBG, what should I do?…


Added by Keni Lee Burgess on August 11, 2012 at 5:04pm — No Comments


(this link used to make sense, but some sneaky person changed some names, thus making me look like a raving lunatic...)

The ground rises up and smacks John "Uncle" Johnson clean in the face and he hurts and the dirt in his nose hurts and he keeps on…


Added by Clock The Wolf on August 10, 2012 at 9:00pm — 29 Comments

That Oily Fool...

He is one cool cat. That is all.

Added by Bad Finger (Eric) on August 9, 2012 at 10:09pm — 28 Comments

Adelaide Guitar Fest

Hey folks, coming up fast on the adelaide international guitar festival now.

got asked to do a stint in the 'meet the makers' slot, so on friday (aug 10th) i'm there, with jimbo to wrestle the crowds, and steer the rowdy ones back to the bar - or give them a guitar.

gonna talk about pickups and pickup making, the joy to…


Added by eric gittins on August 7, 2012 at 1:06am — 1 Comment

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