November 2012 Blog Posts (15)


   I just finished this little guy for the good people at Collishaw farms in Cloverdale, BC. Patrick Harrison, who owns the farm, saw a little spot on cigar box guitars on the TV and tracked me down. He spent some time looking for a local artisan to build one for him. lucky for me, I am the only one in the Vancouver region. So far!.

   Here is a pick of how it turned out.…


Added by Craig bluesbox williams on November 27, 2012 at 12:55pm — No Comments


Added by Steve Cinnamon on November 26, 2012 at 11:03am — No Comments

Special pricing!!!

I have a dozen CBGs in stock right now.  Contact me for special Holiday pricing!!!!  ....and be watching for another article on my builds in the Venice Gondolier on Dec. 15th.

Added by Steve Cinnamon on November 26, 2012 at 10:59am — No Comments

Hi All....Hope your holiday season is going well so far. Now's the time for a Cottin Pickin Blues CBG for the perfect holiday gift

Hi All....Hope your holiday season is going well so far.


   Just wanted to take a few moments to remind you that the holiday season is upon us and an electric/accoustic cigar box guitar might be just the perfect gift for a friend or family member.


Also, if you know of anyone that might be interested in purchasing one of my builds, please have them contact me.


Have a continued wonderful holiday.





Added by Steve Cinnamon on November 26, 2012 at 10:57am — No Comments

De la machine à coudre aux micros de CBG

Beau comme la rencontre fortuite sur une table de cuisine d'une machine à coudre et d'un Diddley Bow


One String Willie est bien connu des lecteurs de ce forum et des amoureux, j’en suis, du grand père des instruments de blues, j’ai nommé le Diddley Bow.

Cet homme…


Added by Alan on November 25, 2012 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

People who cannot play only - please

I became interested in CBG because learning to play guitar was on my bucket list. Anyone here in the same boat?

I am learning how to build much quicker than how to play. Anyone in that boat alos?

OK, so on the playing side, I have actually made some progress I want to share. Well, not share, more like talk through  - a discussion group  - theropy?

First I did the thumb tacks on the neck at the third, fifth, seventh, and twelfth fret positions. Later, after a lot of…


Added by frank tennyson on November 25, 2012 at 4:46pm — 1 Comment

"Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss" - A popular fiddle and dance tune from southern Appalachia (aka "Blue-Eyed Girl"). Arranged for dulcimer.

The following song is in ABC music format and it should be cut and pasted into an ABC converter program like the "abcConverter" on Once you submit your ABC file, the converter will produce a quick and dirty image of your musical score which is then displayed on screen. Above the music, in the center of the…


Added by Rand Moore on November 23, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

still pushin' on...

The guitar is complete,except for strings,outer shell for the case done.Worked a couple of hours on the inner bottom half of case,installing guides,dividers n such before I start padding and upolstery.Pics to come.

Added by mike mccaw on November 23, 2012 at 11:20am — No Comments

Hi all,

Hi everyone,

I'm new here do thought I would introduce myself :)

I'm Glenn abd I'm 41 from Dorset, England. Im now medically retired and have just purchased my first guitar.. A Jaxville Custom -Union Jack which I bought recently as I've always wanted to learn to play guitar but never got round to it.. Insure you can buy a "Roundtoit" somewhere :)

I purchased the guitar to compliment my PS3 game Rocksmith where you plug in a real guitar and learn /… Continue

Added by Glenn W. on November 20, 2012 at 7:32pm — No Comments


Just wanted to say hello..from central Illinois

Added by Larry Loskot on November 15, 2012 at 9:08am — 4 Comments

Uncle Crow 3 string build

Last night I finally spent the time making an Uncle Crow style 3 string.  Last weekend I bought several boxes from the cigar lounge a few blocks away.  Made a couple of trips to the hardware store (mostly home depot), even got a piece of oak.  I was considering some modifications to the Crow design but then just decided to "go with it".

I found an old 1x2 in the corner of the garage with a knot in it.  Thankfully one side was long enough for a neck, the other side long enough…


Added by Brian on November 14, 2012 at 6:06pm — 2 Comments

Pics of First Ever CBG


The pics of my first CBW are now on my site.  

I learned a lot and now have some mistakes that I will try to avoid next time around.

My wife said that it sounds like a guitar.  I will take that as a compliment.

Have fun,


Added by Paul Valentine on November 10, 2012 at 7:51pm — 1 Comment

Upright Washtub Bass / Double bass style

Here's the tub, its 18" in diameter

Here's the tub with the sound board anchors in place

Sound board ready for mounting and paint…


Added by Reeds Taylor on November 10, 2012 at 6:30pm — 21 Comments

CBG # 1 is done


Thanks for asking about my project.  I finished it last night and  it actually sounds like a guitar.  Now I need a slide.  I was using a metal ruler for a slide with the guitar laying flat on the table.

I took a few pictures of the parts along the way.  I will take a few pictures of the finished project and put them on here this weekend.

Have fun,


Added by Paul Valentine on November 9, 2012 at 8:36pm — No Comments

Short story - no cbg content

Small Town Hero by John Bolton

Goodland County, Oklahoma.

I picked up the Sunday paper and read the front page headlines.

Oklahoma won its bowl game. Football is big here in Oklahoma. As I started to dig for the funnies and sports page, a photo on the bottom of the front page caught my eye. It was Travis Erbeck, my old friend from Clayton. The bold print read, ‘Small Town Hero: Good Samaritan Dies Saving Girl And Dog.’

I felt like I’d been punched in the gut. It was…


Added by Uncle John on November 4, 2012 at 11:00am — 14 Comments

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