October 2010 Blog Posts (17)

jelly baby

can't seem to upload music here but if you want to hear how the jelly baby tin banjo sounds visit here www.myspace.com/marshallstapleton

Added by marshall stapleton on October 31, 2010 at 12:51pm — No Comments

My License Plate Reso

So my License Plate Reso is not selling. Don't get me wrong, it looks as cool as hell. I just don't think I like the way it sounds. So I am going to do something about it. I am going to modify it into something else that I can use. I have a really nice Reso built by Shane Wagstaff who is also on The Nation. It's a sweet sweet sounding box. So I will have a go a modding the License Plate Reso myself into a non Reso with a mag Pup.…


Added by Norm Fasey on October 30, 2010 at 6:07pm — 18 Comments

having trouble

I am building a six string cigar box. The neck comes from a johnson acoustic. The problem I am having is after taking the johnson a part I noticed the trus rod wasn't attached to the headstock it is basically floating around in the neck. There is no "point of entrance" on the headstock. Should I drill into the headstock to try and secure this??? How would I go about doing that?

Added by drewber on October 30, 2010 at 10:36am — No Comments

truss rod trouble

i am using a johnson acoustic six string neck for my first cbg. the truss rod isn't attached to the headstock it is just floating around. there is no point of entry on the headstock. should i glue it in place, or drill through the headstock and TRY to secure it? I am finished with design and cuts, just waiting to clue it in place. let me know what yall think.

Added by drewber on October 28, 2010 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

How does this 'blog post' work?

Testing, testing 123...

Added by Rhythm Shack on October 28, 2010 at 1:47pm — 1 Comment

The Box

I picked up my Cigar Box this weekend at a charity event. Phil, the guy who built it has made tons of them with special needs kids. This is a special guitar :) Thanks Phil ! I posted my first sound-clip with my CBG. I used Line 6 POD with a James Wilsey patch to give it some old school verb.

Added by Kevin Donnelly on October 26, 2010 at 7:46am — No Comments

pieces and parts

Been getting some pickups and 3 on a stick tuners at suntek store, single coil magnetic with volume and tone for ~$6.00 they sound pretty good to me. Kind of a pain in the rear to find all the guitar parts on their site though.

Added by Bill Carmack on October 23, 2010 at 1:55pm — No Comments

Cool idea for a build.

Cool idea for a build if only I could hammer a nail into a piece of wood straight! Maybe I could get someone to build it?

1. Buy a decent Ouija Board from Ebay. One made from wood rather than card. One with the letters burned into the wood maybe?
2. Use it as the top of the guitar box.
3. Tune it to the so called 'devils tuning' and see if it inspires me to write something dark!

Added by Norm Fasey on October 21, 2010 at 10:29am — 7 Comments

LISTEN!!! REV NIX STINK FINGER RADIO- interview with olds sleeper

you can listen to a podcast of the show that was recorded 10/20


the rev is the man

Added by olds sleeper on October 21, 2010 at 6:18am — 2 Comments

Quick lesson on determining the scarf cut placement on scarfed necks.

So what I want to do here is to explain how I determine where to cut when I make a scarf neck. It was hard for me to calculate just where to cut the neck stock so that i had enough to make the headstock (pegboard if you want) but not too much. I tried math. I tried templates. I tried Zen. Then the answer was simple! You will see below.

First off, I make my scarfed necks where the scarf (headstock) is over the neck and both the neck and head are under the fretboard/fingerboard.… Continue

Added by Wes "I'm Baaaaack" Yates on October 18, 2010 at 4:14pm — 9 Comments

Dark Was the Night, Cold Was The Ground

By Michael Pointer Mace

>Jan. 4, 2009

So this is what’s on my interstellar record player: Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground—Blind Willie Johnson, 12-inch…


Added by PapaSimone on October 17, 2010 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Grand Opening

Captain Tattoo & Body Piercing in Lancaster, PA is having their GRAND OPENING

Added by Thomas Sweet on October 14, 2010 at 7:57pm — No Comments

Collection of tunes for my 3-String Diatonically Fretted Cigar Box Stick Dulcimer.

Hi All.

I like to "play" ( pick the melodies of ) folk music. This is just a start. I plan to add additional songs to this post so I can have a copy of my song tabs that I can share with you all. My cigar box guitars tend to be diatonically fretted as are stick dulcimers (strum sticks) and mountain dulcimers. You can also find a lot of easy-to-play music by searching "strum stick" and "mountain dulcimer" web sites. My favorites I'll put here using a "play by numbers" format…


Added by Rand Moore on October 14, 2010 at 12:00am — 7 Comments

Part 2: Adding Binding to a fret board

In part one, I selected the material, milled it down and cut it to the the width (-) the binding material (x) 2. I cut my fret slots and am now almost ready to start getting the binding ready for glue up.

First I will cut a radius for the binding to wrap around at the bottom of the fret board. Then in the picture below I clamp the binding to hold it in place for bending.

Next using a variable temp heat gun, I slowly… Continue

Added by Don Goguen on October 10, 2010 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Part 1: Adding Binding to a fret board

Adding binding to your builds does more than just add to the look. If done right it adds greatly to the feel and playability of your instrument. For those that have expressed an interest, below is my method for adding this traditional touch to the fret board.

It all starts with milling up the rough stock. I use 1/4" wide binding material from Stew-Mac which is 5 thousandths over. This means that I need to cut the fret boards to a finish thickness of 1/4" or just slightly under.… Continue

Added by Don Goguen on October 8, 2010 at 4:00pm — 6 Comments

Rouding out necks with a spokeshave.

So making nicely shaped necks isn't very hard. At least it isn't rocket science. First off, you have to want to shape your CBG neck in a nice rounded fashion BUT that is not a rule at all. No one says you have to round off any neck you make. If you want to then here is a very quick and easy way to make VERY nicely rounded necks that rival CNC machines or routers.…


Added by Wes "I'm Baaaaack" Yates on October 4, 2010 at 9:00pm — 10 Comments

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