November 2010 Blog Posts (19)


Glad to be here with all you guys and girls..i,ve been a musician for 40 years and i,m still forming bands and recording my music which has gone from basic blues thru everything and come back to the origins of these primal instruments..i,m about to embark on my first attempt at C.G.B .. I,ve drawn up my design for my 3 string pick up which i,ll wind myself and i,m in search of the right piece of wood for the neck..i have many many guitars some handmade… Continue

Added by Geoff Brown on November 29, 2010 at 12:02pm — No Comments

Cigar box Guitar Documentary

Footage from May 2010 when Gary Martin and myself shared a stall at The Brisbane guitar Show.
My debut as a documentary maker.
The Bloopers are fantastic but sadly there was no time to include them here.


Added by Nigel McTrustry on November 27, 2010 at 7:53am — 7 Comments

Ian Siegal and Ben Prestage - Dingwalls 25/11/2010

So Siby and I went to see Ian Siegal supported by Ben Prestage at Dingwalls in Camden Lock. It's only half an hour by cab from home. One of the advantages of living so near to town.

We got to Camden at about 4pm and wandered about for a while. Lots of interesting stalls and shops to look in but not all of them a wheelchair friendly. Had dinner in a Wetherspoons washed down with two Leffe's.

Dingwalls was great. Good view for wheelchairs and right…

Added by Norm Fasey on November 26, 2010 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

I got interviewed!!!

I good people....I got interviewed following the Bristol Guitar Show..heres the link for anyone remotely interested.....

Added by ChickenboneJohn on November 23, 2010 at 1:37pm — 11 Comments


hi guys and gals! had a nightmere today .after 3 hours of careful cutting on a realy nice vintage tin, neck slots, hole for pick ups and jacks etc, i was well happy with the results.however i was not best pleased when 15 minits later , out of the window i could see my 3 and 6 year olds jumping up and down on the said falt left the shed door open after going for a brew.never mind lesson learned!more buicuits to buy doh.

Added by dan wilcox on November 21, 2010 at 5:28pm — 3 Comments

Another Brit

Anyone local to my home in rural west Norfolk ?

I'd like to hookup with any like minded CBG players and builders who can point me in the right direction to help me learn to play and then build my own custom CBG.


ian drury

Added by Ian Drury on November 19, 2010 at 5:23pm — No Comments

other musical influences

hi guys and gals !been listening to alot of hollowbelly recently,which got me thinking who /what influeces other peoples cbg music and playing ,as hb is punk and blues and a raw sound ,what would your tastes be? my music taste outside of cb blues is quite wide eg i could listed to son house ,nirvana,rory gallager,and the cramps all in the same hour.

Added by dan wilcox on November 16, 2010 at 5:13pm — 4 Comments

bottle neck problems

hi guys thanks for all the good advice onyour comments.i now have another problem!i have recently perfected the art of cutting my own bottle necks.but i find the bur/casting lines that run up each side of the slide very annoying wilst playing is there any way i can polish these out?ps the kids have found the buiscuits ,one tin already gone sorry turkish youl have to be quicker next time lol.

Added by dan wilcox on November 15, 2010 at 5:29pm — 4 Comments


I climb into the Bellybus, beneath rainy British skies and set off for Europe.Little do I know the rain wont stop for the entire trip.Tonight I'll be staying 200 miles away at DJ Hillfunks gaff in Kent before we both head on out to Europe.That evening Hilly takes me to play a short set at a bar in Kent.The bar owner looks chuffed to nick to have me there, and it serves me well as a warm up for tomorrows festival.…


Added by HOLLOWBELLY on November 15, 2010 at 5:59am — 28 Comments


after reciveing some biscuit/cooky tin advice ,i have been down to the shops !now im layden down with 100000 calories worth of biscuits, tough job but someones got to do it.there realy are a lot of very nice tins out there on the run up to christmas.cant what to get stuck in (to the building not the biscuits)

Added by dan wilcox on November 14, 2010 at 5:28pm — 1 Comment

The Definitive Upright Washtub Bass

Tub-O-Tone provides free plans for a really great design for washtub bass. Plus they have links to all sorts of other washtub bass instruments to give you great ideas on how to use large metal things laying around your yard.

Happy browsing!

Added by Diane in Chicago on November 14, 2010 at 10:16am — 1 Comment

thanks guys

thanks guys .do tins and cans give a sort of resornator sound? and would you cut sound holes in a tin or would that take the strenth out of the stucture ?

Added by dan wilcox on November 13, 2010 at 4:57pm — 2 Comments

c b alternatives

hello to all out there ,just wondering how many people use alternative boxes,as i have recently used a beech wood fishing float box & sewing kit boxes for my builds .its real hard to get c bs in the uk so im haveing to use what i can

Added by dan wilcox on November 13, 2010 at 2:32pm — 6 Comments

Triads: Exploring the Basic Building Blocks of Open Tunings

I have been playing in open tunings since the 1980s. At first having no understanding of music theory, they appeared to be a vast wasteland that did not yield much bounty. Of course, this is far from the truth. It is all there, but I could not see it.

Currently, I am fasinated by the reduction of the traditional 6 string tunings down to the essential 3 notes that make up a major chord. (A Major Triad contains the 1,3,5 tones from the Major Scale). The very heart of open…


Added by Keni Lee Burgess on November 13, 2010 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

o m g

went to a ben prestage gig in dery uk last night ,i have never seen such a talented man.pure c b g and country blues , 4 insurments at once plus vocals ,legand ! also had a chat with him absolute gentelman !

Added by dan wilcox on November 12, 2010 at 4:25pm — 3 Comments

Cigar Box Guitar Kits

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Added by James Bush on November 12, 2010 at 1:35pm — 2 Comments

Does anybody read these individual blogs?

I have considered actually using this blog portion to infect my thoughts on others, but does anyone actually read them? Hmmm. Maybe I will start ranting on a regular basis and see who notices.

Added by Joker on November 10, 2010 at 10:36am — 13 Comments

Song Tabs for Chromatically Fretted Instruments

Hi All.

I recently built a 4-stringer with equal-spaced strings and chromatically spaced frets. I have tuned it to "GDgd", which is an extension of the "GDg" tuning of my diatonically fretted cigar box stick dulcimers (strum sticks). The new string is on the high side. I also plan to play around with "ADad" tuning where the new string is the low string. With my old diatonic song tabs, most can be played on a single string, and this should hold true for the chromatic version with GDgd… Continue

Added by Rand Moore on November 5, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments

Have built a new 4-Stringer CBG...

Hi All.

I have been working on a new 4-stringer CBG with a 20" scale length and which will be tuned like a Baritone Ukulele, except with steel guitar strings. That is, it will be tuned D-G-B-E so I can get a bit more familiar with the guitar layout while playing with an instrument whose dimensions are more to my liking.

I have a few photos, so I guess that would be a good place to start.

Here is a photo of… Continue

Added by Rand Moore on November 2, 2010 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

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