December 2015 Blog Posts (10)


One of the biggest problems  for a new slide player  to overcome  is  “slide rattle” and clang  ,when the  slide  catches the  wrong string  in the wrong way and the string rattles against it . it can make your  tune sound like  2 skeletons  humping on a tin roof  using a tin can as a condom .  ;-)

So, I pondered for a while on what would help new slide players avoid this discouraging hurtle.

I came up with an idea.. and  thought  , “that might  work”  , but  I  never  really …


Added by the anonymous pick on December 31, 2015 at 9:30am — 24 Comments

New Guy - First Build

Hi all, just joined this group after taking for a while I thought I would try to give some back.  I have made a few projects so far, this is the first....

My First Cigar Box Guitar

 After stumbling across the whole Cigar Box Guitar thing (not sure where I originally found it) I decided to make one.  I got into making bows a few years ago and while I still enjoy it there comes a point where making another meets the quantity I already have x the effort x skill and so on.  Having…


Added by Kigar on December 29, 2015 at 9:09pm — 4 Comments

All my loving

The song from the Beatles, but I am trying to be a nicer person...

I've been trying again to find the melodies of the songs by playing the chords but for many of them I still do not have the strength, dexterity or patience soooooo I wonder off into Strawberry Fields or find myself floating on a River with Tangerine Trees and Marmalade Skies. The last time this occurred I found myself "picking" out the tune ALL MY LOVING by The Beatles (found attached, below).

It's not in the…


Added by Kirt Gardiner on December 29, 2015 at 1:12am — No Comments

3 way switch ?

I recently finished my 1st CBG using 2 pickups and a 3 way switch. In the neck position is a lipstick tube(4.52 ohms) from Gitty.. A single coil(9.04 ohms)) from Guitar Fetish is at the bridge. The neck and bridge position sound like I expected, the neck is subdued and the bridge is harsh. My question is about the middle position. Both pickups are active but the neck pickup is dominate and the ohms drop to 3.05. I was expecting more of a equal blend. Any ideas? At the top of this page is a…


Added by jeff weins on December 27, 2015 at 1:43pm — 10 Comments


So, you have finished all the hard work of shaping the neck. Fit the box snugly to the neck. Added a very nice mahogany fret board.  Installed the piezo pickup, sound holes. Everything is done, now string it up and give it a test drive. Whats that? Fret buzz!!! On not one, but two frets. AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH!!!!!

Why can't there be a way to test for fret buzz BEFORE the absolute last step? Now I have to unstring, reseat those two frets, hope it's right this time, and stress over the…


Added by jeffrey ross on December 24, 2015 at 12:51pm — 9 Comments

2015...another hard row to plough

Phew,  another year end nearly come around, and I’ve kept myself busy again. 2014 saw me consolidating my guitar making and music business…with only the odds and ends of my day job as an architect to deal with, putting my elder daughter Anne to work, helping me around the workshop and in the office, a few festivals, workshops and so on.  2015 has moved up a gear, and has been a full-on year of getting the business on a serious footing.…


Added by ChickenboneJohn on December 24, 2015 at 2:30am — 6 Comments

A Horse Called Music

Hey all,


I have used more than a single note and wrote the Tab for the Willie Nelson version of:


I have linked the YouTube Video of the song so that if you don't know it you can find and hear it.…


Added by Kirt Gardiner on December 22, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Hi all from sunny Hornchurch, UK

New to the CBN forum and CBG's so hope this post is in the right place! Retired recently so thought I'd make a dream come true and bought a Tele to play some blues. Silly me! Should have delved deeper to find that 'my' sound comes from a slide CBG. Darling wife has played Father Xmas so a three-string is on it's way as I speak. Hope to learn a lot from you chaps out there!
Meanwhile, a very merry Xmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to all.

Added by Dave Stuckey on December 18, 2015 at 4:57pm — 5 Comments

Another one note song.

I've been at it again, finding a few useless notes, one string at a time for anyone that may want. This time I've gone non-PC with the attached.

If you're having a party with a Piñata then maybe this could come in useful.


Have fun, whatever you're doing!

Added by Kirt Gardiner on December 17, 2015 at 12:54am — 1 Comment

3 stringed fretted CBG tuned to GDG

Hello Guys,

I am new to the CBG as well and do not understand a lot of the musical terminology, however in support of some previous posts by other members, I would like to post the following:

  • My fretted 3 string guitar is tuned to GDG;
  • Is there anywhere I can buy, acqire etc, a list of chords for this guitar's configuration i.e a diagram of the fretboard showing the positioning of each chord and where it sits on the fretboard?

Thanks for any help…


Added by Bob Long on December 9, 2015 at 9:45pm — 3 Comments

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