October 2011 Blog Posts (30)

2nd Build - Day FOUR

Todays To Do List


  • Finish Bridge



  • Drill Holes for Tuners in Headstock



  • Mock up of CBU#2…


Added by Loco on October 27, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

2nd Build - Day THREE

Today's Plan


  • Cut 1/2 circles in Headstock to allow for Tuners



  • Changed plan of having a 1/4" Poplar soundboard to using 1/8" Birch Plywood instead. This came from wanting a thinner soundboard to get more vibration in the tone of the soundbox.…


Added by Loco on October 26, 2011 at 3:14pm — 1 Comment

2nd Build - Day TWO

Todays To Do List:

  • Cut and Glue Heel


  • Cut and Glue Headstock Extension

  • Cut Neck to 14th Fret Position

  • Carve Neck…


Added by Loco on October 25, 2011 at 8:15pm — 1 Comment

2nd Build Begins - Day ONE

I started my second build last night.

I picked up the following materials

Poplar : 1/4"x8"x4'

Poplar : 1/4"x2"x4'

Poplar : 1/4"x3"x4'

Poplar : 1"x2x4"


I cut the desired lenghts that I wanted to make. Which was a box with




Added by Loco on October 24, 2011 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

The Beginning

Ok well first thing is to get a box. I didnt know where to begin but then remembered about a cigar store near my parents area in Toronto. I went in one day and inquired about empty cigarboxs and he sold me 3 for $6. Not a bad deal. I picked 3 different sizes and eventually picked one for my 1st build. Since I play the Charango which is tuned GG,CC,Ee,AA,EE I naturally decided to build a Cigar Box Ukulele aka CBU. Once i got my desired box size i began to go assemble the materials from my own…


Added by Loco on October 23, 2011 at 11:44pm — No Comments

Built a amp today

I had a Brick House box lying around, and one thing led to another...



Added by Dan Sleep on October 23, 2011 at 5:10pm — 3 Comments

Advise for beginners....

From Ira Glass . . .

    “What nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish someone had told this to me . . . is that all of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, and it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people…


Added by Jim Mitchell on October 22, 2011 at 7:49am — 7 Comments

Boxstock - The DVD

Another steep learning curve...after sifting through the footage that Stan Newton had taken throughout the day I managed to assemble something that approached a film record of the day, figuring out how to add credits and titles.  Then the task of actually putting it onto a DVD...converting it to the right format, adding menus, titles, music...blimey still I just about managed it.  Of course then the next task is figuring how to actually burn it to disk..and then software tells me the whole…


Added by ChickenboneJohn on October 22, 2011 at 5:44am — 1 Comment

Boxstock 2011...two weeks on

Well...it's all over for an other year...Boxstock that is. Just over two weeks on and I've got my office and workshop almost back to normal and I'm starting proper work again. I've got a long backlog of guitars to get on with, so sincere apologies to all my customers who are still waiting. The responsibility and culmination of a lot of work had taken it's toll on me both physically and mentally..so I'm just about surfacing again! This sort of thing just doesn't stop, as soon as it was over,…


Added by ChickenboneJohn on October 19, 2011 at 1:20am — No Comments

Trying to make a 6-string CBG - 8


I've run into a slight setback with this guitar, which I've decided to name La pesada (double meaning: annoying and heavy). The problem lies in the frets. You boys with the planers... I hope you appreciate what you've got. I think my personal planing system - a few hours of sanding back and forth along the fretboard until all the cut marks disappeared - left a bit of a valley in the middle of the board. That's my theory at least.

That wasn't my only problem, however.…


Added by John Schafer on October 18, 2011 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

The Square - Behind the scenes


I thought I'd post some pictures of the work process. The idea was to make a really cheap electric guitar. Expectations were pretty low since this was my first buld. I didn't have a clear view on what the finished product will look like. Only that it will have 3 strings and no fretboard. Everything else was decided on the fly.



Added by Juha K on October 18, 2011 at 5:00am — No Comments

How I built my CBU aka "Toro"



In this Blog I will detailing the procedure I took in building my CBU.


I will be posting pictures and notes in the near future, stay tuned.





Added by Loco on October 18, 2011 at 12:30am — No Comments

Building the Jagged Edge CBG

Click here to see the Jagged Edge Builders Blog


Added by Ted Crocker on October 17, 2011 at 1:02pm — 1 Comment

Building the Ugly Duckling/Beautiful Swan

(I found this old post on my computer of the Ugly Duckling/Beautiful Swan CBG Challence from the old Yahoo CBG group.  I thought you'd enjoy it.  BTW, I won the Challenge)



Crocker Ugly Duckling/Beautiful Swan…


Added by Ted Crocker on October 17, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

LMB.com is up!!

Alright!!  Proud to say that www.leavingmissblue.com is finally up!  Check it out for another take on playing CBG.  Thoughts/opinions welcome!!...



Added by Will Martin on October 16, 2011 at 9:05pm — No Comments

Aluminium Tricone Resonator

Finaly finished this Aluminium Tricone Resonator...technically it's not a cigarbox guitar, but it's made with the same spirit... apart from the tuners, strings and cones everything is handmade... .. went to the DIY store, bought some aluminium sheets and some other stuff then glued, nailed and hammered it together... 3 ukelele cones amplify the vibrations of the strings via the aluminium/ebony bridge... the coverplate made from a cymbal protects the bridge and cones... rosewood fingerboard,…


Added by Ruben Poncia on October 15, 2011 at 4:07am — 5 Comments

I now have a website - please feel free to visit


I now have a little website up at:


Please feel free to pop in and have a look. Comments welcome. If you like it enough to spread the word I would be grateful for that too.

Thanks and all the best.



Added by Roadkill a.k.a. John Maw on October 14, 2011 at 4:00am — 25 Comments

Building the Delta Box CBG

The Delta Box will be a Crocker production instrument.  I'm creating all the templates, jigs, components and hardware so I can assemble many of these at a time.  The complete opposite of what I usually do.


The box


Using a Forstner bit in the drill press to make holes for the 2 broomsticks neck…


Added by Ted Crocker on October 13, 2011 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment


Hi , please come and see my blog about cbg's Iv just started and go easy im a young cbg builder and have not had much practice! :D

Added by olly on October 13, 2011 at 2:17pm — 2 Comments

The 2 Knights - open mic recap 10/3 - 10/9 2011

haha - alrighty - J-Bone here - it was a busy week & weekend - we hit a least one new open mic and played some reg. spots - also played a rad show on sat. - well... heres the run down - 


#24 monday oct. 3rd - Salt Creek Wine Bar - 8900 Fairview, Brookfield, Il.

#25 monday oct. 3rd - Miss Kittys Saloon - 634 E Ogden Ave NapervilleIL - 

 We went…


Added by j bone on October 11, 2011 at 3:28pm — No Comments

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