September 2011 Blog Posts (14)

Trying to make a 6-string CBG - 5


Not everyone enjoys watching glue dry.

This picture above represents where I was at so far. I like to engrave my signature on my guitars, and I wasn't sure where to put it on this one. I decided to remove that "MONTECRISTO" and put my name…


Added by John Schafer on September 30, 2011 at 11:12am — No Comments

Trying to make a 6-string CBG - 4


Below is the pickup plate. It's made from the same wood as the neck (African mahogany).

The following picture shows yet another mistake I've run into. Luckily, it's an extremely clean break and it'll be fine to glue together. It looks really good though, after shaping and sanding. This is my first time using a "normal" pickup (as opposed to a piezo). I didn't…


Added by John Schafer on September 26, 2011 at 2:20pm — 1 Comment

the TWO KNIGHTS - open mic recaps up to date

hello everyone - 

 j bone here - for the last few weeks the 2NITES have been hittin the open mic scene in the chicagoland area pretty hard and we have been having a hella rad time - 

i have been playing the open mics with my 3 string "big box" & king charles plays snare with brushes


here is a run down of where we have played so far -


#1 - thursday - july 28th 2011 - Gallery Cabaret 2002 n. oakley ave in chicago, il - it was hella awsome -…


Added by j bone on September 25, 2011 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

box vibration

I built a CBG with a 25.5 scale, piezo pickup, brass nut and fret bridge, it sounds great but how do i reduce the sound of the box vibration. I guess thats what you would call it. The piezo is mounted under the bridge with a volume control. Am using a digital delay with my Rouge battery powered amp. Does any one have any suggestions to the problem. thanks

Added by leland ray foy sr on September 24, 2011 at 2:43pm — 4 Comments

Trying to make a 6-string CBG - 3

Here are some more pictures of the fretboard progress. The board has some cool (in my opinion, at least) markings on it.


Here's my idea for the body. I'm going to use an old harmonica as the tailpiece. I'm going to use the reeds…


Added by John Schafer on September 24, 2011 at 2:02pm — No Comments

A new Album, and an Interview

For the last four months, I have been working on a new album, Plainspoken. It is thematic album of sorts, meant to be heard from beginning to end. I use cigar box guitars on a few songs, banjo and fiddle on some others, and my D-28 is all over it.

The main thing about this album thats different- Im trying to sell the download. I have given away six albums on this site…


Added by olds sleeper on September 23, 2011 at 10:47am — 3 Comments

Trying to make a 6-string CBG - 2

Seeing how it will fit together. That's the fretboard, the top of the box, and the neck. Eventually I got it to fit together just right. Notice the squareness of the heel. That changed soon after this picture


Next I cut the tuner holes and then started shaping the neck with the wood file.…


Added by John Schafer on September 23, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Trying to make a 6-string CBG

This is my latest project, which involves several firsts.

I am very excited because I found a great shop which sells quality wood and the delivery was amazingly fast: (It's here in Madrid)


I got two necks out of this block:

Yea, that's my lone electric saw. Luckily the wood is 5.5cm wide.…


Added by John Schafer on September 19, 2011 at 2:21pm — 2 Comments

Delta Blues: Last Dime Blues

Guys, this song is a blues on my home made CBG and canjo, and a normal blues guitar. The lyrics is by my friend (writing & singing). I play on the CBG and canjo, Andy plays on blues guitar.

We made this song to establish a memorial from the old Europe, Hungary for those poor black guys over there, at the Delta, because they were the roots. The story is simple: a woman, some…


Added by Balasch on September 16, 2011 at 4:11pm — No Comments

Neck Attachment

I'm just learning - are there any good sketches / plans for attaching a strat neck to a box - for a starter 6 string application?

Added by Greg on September 15, 2011 at 8:16pm — No Comments

1st build

Always have been interested in CBG,have tinkered with a couple that belonged to my friends,then I finally decided to build one.My first problem was I couldn't seem to find a box the size I wanted.The cure,as suggested by my friend was to build the whole guitar from scratch,box n all.Sooo thats what I'm doing.

 I started about three weeks ago,progress has been slow,but steady,not wanting to rush and make too many mistakes.Here r some pics of the build up to the point I am now in…


Added by mike mccaw on September 10, 2011 at 1:08pm — 3 Comments

Got to thinking about this building thing,,,,,

 And it occurred to me that I can still sand,stain/paint and assemble CBG's. I just cant cut out the necks right now.

 So if somebodies interested in maybe rough cutting out say, ten very simple necks maybe we could work something out where I can finish the necks and still stay in business a bit.

No expensive wood, maybe even fir without knots in it.

 Any ideas Guys?

Added by Roger Martin on September 6, 2011 at 5:24pm — 2 Comments

the Death of my business

This is to all my customers and friends I've made over the years building and selling CBG's
 I am (at least temporarily) going out of the CBG business due to health issues that will not allow me to do the wood cutting needed to build.I have  an illness that causes my arms and legs to spasm or jerk making it impossible to safely cut wood now days.
 I'll still be in the site here from time to time and hope to stay in contact with all the great folks I've met.

Added by Roger Martin on September 5, 2011 at 1:12pm — 9 Comments


hi guys, question... what is the most usefull when building a cbg, a band saw . or a scroll saw. any help would be grateful.

Added by phil noel on September 4, 2011 at 4:03am — 4 Comments

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