October 2018 Blog Posts (13)


I want to apologize to all my friends here at the nation. I am really behind watching all the great videos and commenting. My work place blocked you tube and things have been really hectic I was in training all last week for new dispatch software. I promise I am trying to get caught up. I really enjoy all the posts on here 

Added by Danny Gordon on October 31, 2018 at 5:01pm — 3 Comments

So Bentely the worlds best english cocker

SO wrer at the dog training club and theres 4 pheasant out there.

2 guitars traded for birds for Bentley ,what a dog ,quarters thrugh the field.

Finds and flushes,steady to wing and shot. Marks the dowened birdwith intensity.

Icall his name and like a shot he is off and the retrieve is a beautiful thing to see. 

Later at home in my shop an idea forms and I think how someone is going to get lucky.

Day cound't be  better.

Added by Thomas Blasque on October 23, 2018 at 9:56am — 1 Comment

New CBG build from the land down under

Hi all,

This is my first blog (ever) and 3rd CBG type build, so I thought I would share the ride with those who might be interested.

Technically it is a 3 string hollow body guitar as no cigar box's will be harmed during the build.

Scale will be a  fretted 24.75"

neck will have a truss rod adjustable at the heal end

Body and neck stock is Victorian mountain ash and spotted gum

and is based on a design I saw on the web

I'm lucky because I have…


Added by Gary Holdsworth on October 21, 2018 at 3:33am — 11 Comments

Double cake box guitar

Meet my newest creation: #9 - "Die fesche Wienerin" - a double cake box four string guitar.

I had these two plywood cake boxes from Vienna lying around and couldn't resist turning them into an instrument... One was slightly smaller than the other (but exactly the same height) and individually they were too small for a full-scale guitar. But then I had the idea to…


Added by Hans on October 17, 2018 at 8:00am — 14 Comments

fret marker ideas

Good morning all, I have started working on my next 3 string guitar and I have decided on a fretless neck, the last fretless neck I constructed I scorched the fret markers with a hot wire but found the scorch marks spread into the grain making the finished article look a bit untidy. Has any other members got any ideas they would like to share on method and materials used.  Cheers Phil

Added by Philip Hopper on October 17, 2018 at 4:06am — 11 Comments

CBG project

Planning my next cbg project any cool design ideas out there, do springs make a difference inside the box, art work, embellishments etc etc. Cheers and keep chugging.

Added by Philip Hopper on October 13, 2018 at 3:45pm — 4 Comments


Hello all, my name is Freddie Cisneros, I'm a musician originally from Texas now living in Prescott, Arizona.

I have been repairing guitars and other music instruments for many years. I'm a service center for Martin Guitar, Fender, and other companies out here in the West.

Don "Boz" Bostwick and I shared a Fox-Hole in Viet Nam. We had a lot of adventures back then, he was an inspiration to me.  

Moderator, I hope this is the proper place to poest this, please advise.…


Added by Freddie Cisneros on October 13, 2018 at 2:24pm — 3 Comments

My Foray Into the World of CBGs

I started my musical exploration on bass back in my late teens. A buddy of mine was learning guitar and needed someone to play bass for him. "It's so easy," he said, "there's only 4 strings and all you do is play one note." Well, needless to say, I quickly found out bass playing is significantly more complicated than that. After playing bass for a bit, I tried out a guitar. Guitar led to synthesizer, and synth led to drums. Somewhere along the way I picked up a mandolin, a harmonica, a…


Added by Poorness Studios on October 13, 2018 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

interesting phone call

o I get a call from a friend at my dog training club. Seems I left one of my cbgs there {I had m 81yo artist friend paint it with a setter on point and a quail on it} . I was offered a pheasant hunt in exchange for the guitar.

Now mama didn' raise no fool. I accepted. So sometimes the cbg gods smile you in different ways. I think I mite just leave another one there,by mistake of course.

Added by Thomas Blasque on October 13, 2018 at 9:22am — No Comments

what a time it is

what a time it is to be 69 and still in the shop.Building ceegar box getuars. as my friend says .itell him yeah its almost like being a part of something you are going to bring joy , into the world. Some where or place after my generation is gone there will still be someone still playing that old cbg. 

Added by Thomas Blasque on October 13, 2018 at 9:07am — 1 Comment

At last...my CD!

At long last I've put out a CD!! Launched during my mini Euro tour of the Low Countries with Hollowbelly, at the Ouwehoer Cafe in Rotterdam.



Added by ChickenboneJohn on October 13, 2018 at 6:46am — 2 Comments

Cigar Box Banjo #9

Just finished CBB#9. The maple came from arms off a discarded recliner, and the walnut from a discarded awards wall plaque. The fretboard was made from ziricote from eBay.

Added by Marvin walker on October 11, 2018 at 3:45pm — No Comments

RED ALERT>>> Cigar Box History NEWS

Hey guys Check this out, It's a 1920's Red Top Grease Can Banjo

Look at the details on this really cool instrument, this is homemade twang!

There is even grafite pencil marks to mark out the frets on the neck, the builder even had to modify the markings afterwards.

This is so cool, this is a great piece of history! If you would like to…


Added by 3 String Guitars on October 4, 2018 at 3:28pm — 2 Comments

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