November 2019 Blog Posts (8)

Learn How To Play "I'll Fly Away" | 3-string CBG lesson

With this post, you can learn how to play the old hymn I'll Fly Away.

Included here are:

  • a video lesson that includes on-screen tablature…

Added by Glenn Watt on November 23, 2019 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

Tupelo Tenor kit

Hi, all, recently finished  gitty 4string kit, used the shorter banjo kit bridge, filed it down quite far, where the  ball ends are almost touching the top. Plays quite well, but i tuned it down to FCFA Because i formerly played 4string e.Bass,the GDGB tuning sounded too high for me.Also ran a ground wire from output jack to barrelhouse bridge.Lipstick pickup very clean through amp.Drilled access hole on back near output jack and installed star disk over it.

Added by Craig W.Solomon on November 21, 2019 at 6:51pm — 4 Comments

Hello from new member

Hi to everyone!

I just joined a few days ago and I wanted all of you to get some information about my background. 

I am living in Snellville, Georgia ( near Atlanta) and have been here in my home for the past 24 years. I grew up in Birmingham ,Alabama and  graduated from Ramsay High School in 1965. I attended UAB for several years as a working commuter student. I had a long working career as a branch manager, regional manager and sales manager. I am now retired and spend most…


Added by Morgan L. Scoggins on November 16, 2019 at 9:52am — 8 Comments

Player's Gear--brick and mortar shop

Loading up the shop.  The six string guitars draw the people in.  Just in case you're interested, the guitars in the rack are as follows:  Silvertone Stratotone Jupiter Reissue, Silvertone U2 reissue, Samick Acoustic, Teton "mini-jumbo" travel guitar, and Teton Baritone acoustic/electric. A semihollowbody Gretsch, a relic telecaster,  and a hollowbody Loar with 2 dogear P90 pickups stand guard at the front window.  Also have a couple of  vintage amps to get the shopper's…


Added by Rick Tish on November 15, 2019 at 8:55am — 1 Comment

The genius of Leo Fender or How I learned to build an electric guitar.

For the past few months, well actually more than a year, I have been working at building 4 string electric guitars.  I have tried to apply all that I have learned in making cigar box guitars but of course I have looked at the "real thing", the Fenders and the Les Pauls and the Parkers and the Rickenbacker and the Ibanez.  For aesthetic reasons, and…


Added by john w on November 14, 2019 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Cigar Box Guitar Bridges - For Sale - Made of Rosewood & GREAT Tone - Many available

I have a bunch of real rosewood brides for sale I am selling for just 6 bucks each. 

These bridges have an incredible sound and look great. They are super easy to use and really add value to your builds. I can only ship this type of wood within the United States.

Rosewood is becoming scarce and soon this type of wood will not be able to be harvested, only what remains on the market will be able to be sold.

If you build cigar box guitars you will really like using these…


Added by 3 String Guitars on November 9, 2019 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

brick and mortar

From now until the end of December, I'm doing the brick and mortar thing.  There's a refurbished mall in Marion, Indiana's downtown that the housing authority is really pushing to revitalize.  Got a good deal on a Nov-Dec only lease.  The most happening restaurant in the county is in the basement and I'm right in the middle of the line of sight when customers enter the building through the front door.  I'm still filling the place up, but I've got a basic plan for the space.  Here's to hoping…


Added by Rick Tish on November 8, 2019 at 3:54pm — 5 Comments

scale length vs personal physical characteristics??

Because I found the scale length I used to make the guitars I have given up playing them as the neck and fret spacing was to long/wide for me.

Consequently I went for ukuleles which I find more playable and manageable. After trying the different sizes I like the tenor best, closely followed by the baritone.

I will do another guitar in the future possibly using the 23" scale length suggested to me...that makes it 4 inches longer than a baritone I am still not sure.…


Added by Bernie Edwards on November 2, 2019 at 6:00am — 20 Comments

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