September 2015 Blog Posts (17)

CIGAR BOX NATION NEWS - Build a Gourd Banjo (free plans), Queens of the Stone Age plays CBGs, Bizarre Guitar Pickups and more

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Added by Shane Speal on September 24, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

Quick project

Put together a Guitar stand that will hold 6 or 7 guitars, cost less than $20.00 and took about 1 1/2…


Added by Gene Dale on September 22, 2015 at 6:40pm — 4 Comments

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Added by Gene Dale on September 22, 2015 at 2:56pm — 1 Comment

The Van Thom Weekender - Hollowbelly & Chickenbone John in Germany

Well, last weekend that time of year had come round again, and it was time for me and Hollowbelly to head off to Europe to meet up with our good friends over in Germany for the 3rd edition of the Van Thom Weekender. We were sad to hear that Paul Smith wouldn't be making it due to chronic back problems, hope you can make it another time buddy.  It's a weekend of music, fun and friendship hosted by our good friend and handmade music fan Tourette Van Thom, who, together with his wife Danni…


Added by ChickenboneJohn on September 18, 2015 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Build a Whamola bass, 3-String Beatles lesson, free CBG music downloads

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Added by Shane Speal on September 18, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

Barn to Be wild

On holiday with friends in Norway recently one day i knocked up this CBG, its rough as hell but was built with what was in the barn.Box is pine made from pine barn planking planed down, Neck 2x1 pine, tuners studding & nuts, bridge 2" of rebar. We had no polish but as the barns in Norway are invariably painted red & there was a drum of that handy thats what i…


Added by Keith 66 on September 17, 2015 at 1:19pm — 4 Comments

My First Experience with Cigars

We got holidays in our school. So, we decided to enjoy our vacation as much as possible. So, three of our friends packed the luggage and started our journey to Hill Area.

As soon as we reached the hill station, I saw many people smoking. So, I too got the desire to smoke. I went to the cigar shop and asked for a cigar. He asked which type of cigar do you want?

As Ii was very new to smoking, I said to the cigar shop owner that I am very new to smoking. Then the cigar owner gave…


Added by Brian Pyatt on September 16, 2015 at 10:07am — 1 Comment

CBG Gear Collection built around the Percolator 2W amp

Here's a portion of Hutch's gear, featuring the Percolator 2W tube amp. Following are his comments. Look elsewhere in this blog for a nice audio recording Chuck made with this setup.

“The amp itself is still in its primal unclothed state, however it has been paired up with a variety of speaker/cab combinations including a 4×4, a 2×4, a big cab 1×12 (20x20x16), and several 1×8 variations. Pictured are the 2 cabs I’ve decided to use. The black one started off as a fender frontman.…


Added by Zeppelin Design Labs on September 15, 2015 at 3:51pm — 1 Comment

wiring diagram request

I've looked at all the wiring diagrams I have and the one that I don not see is:

wiring two piezos to a jack and volume without a  3 way switch.. could anybody point me in the right direction ?



Added by Kirby Amick on September 12, 2015 at 11:50pm — 3 Comments

Rolling Stones cigar box guitar, Copper Pipe Guitar, Your Fret Tips, Double Neck CBG

The Cigar Box Nation Newsletter - All the cool instruments, plans and music you've come to expect.  Join the revolution.

Want more music cool instrument news?  Check out this week's C. B. Gitty newsletter. Featuring two free instrument plans:  Build your own Travel Uke + Build your own Gourd Banjo! …


Added by Shane Speal on September 11, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

First Build

Well this is my first build, it is a 4 string dandy. I hope by the weekend I can post the picture of the completed project.

I cant wait to play it. I'm already looking forward to my next build, man I am hooked. I thing the next one will be a 3 string.....…


Added by Gene Dale on September 10, 2015 at 9:59pm — 2 Comments

2nd Dutch Cigar box festival 13th of September 2015

13th of September the 2nd Dutch Cigar box guitar festival "Delta Calluna" will be held at Cafe Calluna in Ommen (NL).

We start at 14:00h with a fantastic number of bands and artist that will play on the 2 stages.

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Added by Cigarbox Henri on September 10, 2015 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Soundboards from Baseboards - includes instructions on Bookmatching

Earlier this year I was given a pile of unknown scrap wood from a friend doing some renos. He knew about my cbg hobby and that I liked to use reclaimed materials is possible. I was a little unsure of agreeing to take half a…


Added by Nathan Binns on September 10, 2015 at 12:00am — 7 Comments

Getting better acoustic tone and volume - some things I've learned

My first cbg was a three string made from a really cool Niles and Moser Chancellor box. I think I built it in an afternoon.   Against the odds it worked, stayed in tune and was fairly playable - if you ignored the biting fret ends.  Since then I’ve built about 20 or so and like the first, each has presented me with questions or problems that…


Added by john w on September 8, 2015 at 12:30am — 13 Comments

Freakish Guitar/Drum hybrid, PA CBG Fest filmed & online, One Hand Dan - Cigar Box Nation News

Have you been over to Cigar Box Nation's Facebook page?  This week, we had a full-on "Piezo Day" with videos and how-tos.  There were follow ups to the Pennsylvania and Kansas City Cigar Box Guitar Fests (photos and videos), featured instruments of the day and more.

Here's just a passing glimpse of what you've missed.  …


Added by Shane Speal on September 4, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Best End to Summertime Ever - Open Mic and Concert in Chicago

My summer is officially over, despite what the calendar says.  I start teaching high school Chemistry next week and I have a lot of desk time to put to prepare for my new career - one I've always wanted but have been too distracted to do for 20 years.  My other jobs I've taken for the money, the challenge of more responsibility that leads to promotion and more money, and a great opportunity to start up and run a company for eight years trying always to be the best employer possible and the…


Added by Bad Finger (Eric) on September 1, 2015 at 9:28am — 4 Comments

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