October 2013 Blog Posts (21)

The Blues Life (Shane Speal newsletter + free mp3 download!)

The Shane Speal newsletter for 10/29:  What it's like to be the "King of the Cigar Box Guitar," two major Snake Oil concerts this week (York PA and NYC) + a free unreleased song for you to download (link at the end of this letter).

The Real Blues Life.

The ragged wood…


Added by Shane Speal shanespeal.com on October 29, 2013 at 9:19am — 5 Comments

Ipad 1 Phil 0

Thanks for your comments Wolf...I must apologise to all for the spell checker on my ipad which stubbornly refuses to accept what I type and insists on saying what it thinks I meant to say...In my reply to Ian I was, of course, referring to building a Canjo not a 'cannon',...DOH!

Added by Phil Thomas on October 26, 2013 at 4:56am — 2 Comments

Dear Headless Mandolin,

       I found your head!! It was laying in the gutter outside a dive a frequent. What happened? A solo dual against some jealous banjo player? where's the rest of you? I looked for clues but was unsuccessful. Their was a creek near by, some sort of water burial maybe? I crawled down the rocks and hiked downstream, under a bridge....nothing. If this is how you ended up how did your former owner fair? Hope their ok, mandolin players are hard to find around here. Hope your not some headless…


Added by Cornbred on October 24, 2013 at 2:49am — 3 Comments

The Adventures of Cigarbox Don Ig:Lu Inverness Oct 30th till Nov 10th

Guitars and violins made from wine boxes and  cigar boxes, banjos made from warming pans and dog bowls, and bass guitars made from bicycle parts form the focus of an exhibition at Ig:LU in Inverness. Artist and…


Added by The Slim Panatellas on October 23, 2013 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Our Booth

Since I'm new here, I thought I would share how we set up our booth. On one side I have my guitars. On the other side are my wife's knitted animals. She also makes place mats, do-rags and we both turn wood pens on the lathe. Hope you enjoy!…


Added by Al Nelson on October 21, 2013 at 9:04pm — 2 Comments

Greetings from Wales

Hi everyone.

Glad to be here. I am Phil Thomas from Penarth, near Cardiff in South Wales, UK. Approaching 60 years of age of which 45 have been as a musician, singer and storyteller performing all over the world. Now in semi retirement I work part time on a variety of arts and music projects. By academic persuasion I am an ethnomusicologist. In the summer of 2012 I spent six weeks in the USA on a research fellowship where I met a CBG busker in New Orleans. From then on I was pretty much… Continue

Added by Phil Thomas on October 18, 2013 at 10:09am — 4 Comments


Added by Clock The Wolf on October 18, 2013 at 5:48am — 35 Comments


Found CB Nation and thought I'd join and share the CBG's I build. Been building for a few years off and on. Look forward to the interaction!

Added by Al Nelson on October 14, 2013 at 7:32pm — 5 Comments

Planning my second amp - $19 with Reverb

For my first amp, I used a Guitar Fuel Tonemonster MAH5.  It works great!  Sounds good.  I like it.  Costs $44.95 plus shipping.  All good.

But, for my second amp, I started looking at the features I wanted and how I could get them under $100.  Here's an i

dea: check Craig's List and Guitar Center for used low power amps and hack the electronics from one of them to give me the look I want.  

Here's the spec on what I picked up: 15 Watts,…


Added by Blue Hair Bob on October 14, 2013 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Burning sand builds

Www.bulldogburnings.com has now been updated with new stuff folks.

Added by Careless John on October 14, 2013 at 6:10pm — 1 Comment

A Great year for Cottin Pickin Blues!!!!

Hi All!!!!

Cottin Pickin Blues has been so very fortunate this year as we made so many talented new friends.......

The talent we have found in the Sarasota area alone is abounding.....

Our Cigar Box Guitars are being played on stage at almost every venue in town......and numerous venues nationally....

We have designed and custom built our art for Ocean Blues, Coffee News and many other…


Added by Steve Cinnamon on October 13, 2013 at 6:29pm — No Comments

Cottin Pickin Blues Sponsors The Delta Swamp Rats !!!!!

Our guitars are now being used exclusively by the Delta Swamp Rats.......Getting ready for their National Competition in Memphis Tenn. Her is one of their latest performances...Steve Arvey, Tony Smith and Aaron Fowler.


Added by Steve Cinnamon on October 7, 2013 at 10:05am — 1 Comment

My first amp power up

I have my first amp powering up and making noise.  I used a Guitar Fuel TM MAH5 for the electronics, a 5" speaker (from a console organ), Joann fabric burlap for the grill, and a JM's Churchill box.  I am still waiting for the knobs to arrive.   Not my finest woodworking ever, but I like…


Added by Blue Hair Bob on October 7, 2013 at 2:30am — 4 Comments

Number two

Only a four-string this time. Neck from Deltagroove. Made the bridge from glued popsicle sticks and a drawer pull. It was tough getting it low enough, even sitting on piezo rod, but it's there now. Love the pre from CB Gitty and the very affordable and mellow electric pickup. You can't see them, but there are two outputs, so no switch.



Added by Nano Thing on October 6, 2013 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

F### it, play it until it implodes

         my latest build could have been worse but this one has me a little discouraged. Its my first build in about 9 months as I have very little free time these days, and in my haste through each step to just finish the damn thing and play it I made a lot of mistakes. mistakes that can be repaired and some mistakes I can live with but at this point im sick of it. …


Added by Cornbred on October 5, 2013 at 7:59pm — 4 Comments

The ironing board lap steel cigar box guitar

The lap steel that I said I wouldn't sell, I sold it and so I needed something cool to replace it. I built this beast of a very old ironing board (a $10 find) and a Blu-J cigar box from 1910.

The nut and bridge risers are made out of an old yard stick. I made the…


Added by Charles Atchison on October 5, 2013 at 11:30am — 7 Comments

Here we go!

This is a bit different - using a public forum community instead of my own domain for my Cigar Box Guitar Journey.  Cigar box Nation seems to be the place to be so why not use the resources here?

I am starting on my first Cigar Box Guitar.  I bought some boxes from the local cigar store (they have a pile in the corner - $1 each), a neck fro cbgitty.com, amp parts from Guitar Fuel on eBay, and I will make the rest.  The second one will be with my son for a home education…


Added by Blue Hair Bob on October 4, 2013 at 4:05pm — 3 Comments

truss rods

Anyone putting truss rods in their CBG builds. I have been thinking about playing with it. Just wondered if anyone else was going through this process...

Added by Hudd Byard on October 3, 2013 at 12:26pm — 4 Comments

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