Bill Jehle
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Wichita Sam Dec 22, 2008. 15 Replies


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Bill Jehle replied to Shane Speal's discussion SURVEY: What do I build with these antique tobacco tins?
"The lid to that tin looks like the perfect cover for a single coil pickup or a rail. :)"
Jan 14, 2017
Bill Jehle commented on Steve Holladay's blog post 3 layers of noise.
"I would love to hear some vocal harmonies too. Great idea! :)"
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Bill Jehle and Chris Bohlman are now friends
Aug 27, 2016
Bill Jehle replied to Shane Speal's discussion 1886 Cigar Box Banjo Plans
"Nice work Shane! Seems like John Richard's plans appeared in many places. Copies of these plans are also published in the March 25, 1886, Waterloo, edition of the Iowa State Reporter."
Feb 22, 2016
Bill Jehle replied to Shane Speal's discussion JUST DISCOVERED - 1886 Cigar Box Guitar Story!!!
"Great find! You would think after all of the trolling through newspaper archives I would have found them all. Every once in a while, something pops up that I haven't seen before. Always a treat to see that there's still information out…"
Feb 18, 2016
Preston J. Laisure left a comment for Bill Jehle
"I don't know if you'll ever read this or not, but I own two of your dvd's about building, purchased a few years ago. I found them to be very helpful, even if I never told ya before. Truly - Thank you."
Jul 19, 2015
Bill Jehle replied to Josh Thompson's discussion Burnt out on making cbg?
"I think that I'm the slowest builder out there. I can make about 1 per month if I really put in the time. I have made a few copies of some of my guitars, but even then since I use broken and discarded old parts, they still come out different. I…"
Jun 26, 2013

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Playing Multiple CBGs Design Challenge...

Posted on March 17, 2012 at 11:01am 11 Comments

Well, it was going to happen eventually... The more I write and play, the more guitars I would want to include in the show. The problem that I have now is the "dead air" between songs feels like forever.

Since I don't have a guitar tech to run one over to me mid-show like the big dogs have, what can I do on the cheap to make that in-between guitar time really short, or mildly entertaining.

I've had some crazy ideas of duct-taping all my guitars together on a hula hoop, or on a…


New CBG CD Released...

Posted on January 24, 2012 at 11:03am 3 Comments

Hey folks, after years of building CBGs, making the "How To" DVDs, and writing the CBG History book, I've just released my first all cigar box guitar CD.

First off, here's the link to it on Amazon... Nadaband CD

This is probably the heaviest cigar box guitar music you'll ever hear. We really tried to push the capabilities of the cigar box…


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At 9:48pm on July 19, 2015, Preston J. Laisure said…

I don't know if you'll ever read this or not, but I own two of your dvd's about building, purchased a few years ago. I found them to be very helpful, even if I never told ya before. Truly - Thank you.

At 6:40pm on August 12, 2011, mike g said…
Hey bill thanks a lot for the kind words. I haven't posted in a while but i have been hard at work making and selling some guitars. hopefully i can get some time to post some more build pics and tips. I am absolutely hooked on making instruments. look for my guord ukelele in the future. Maybe I'll see you in York if i can make it.....Mike G.
At 9:04pm on June 5, 2011, Gdawg said…

I am new to the CBG revolution so I really don't know if we have any shows in Atlanta or not. Mike Snowden is the only person I know of performing on a regular basis. Check him out at I know he will be happy to hear that you liked his work.


At 4:54pm on January 21, 2010, Mama Mojo said…
Hi Bill, I just watched How to build a Cigar Box Guitar and was really impressed with the amount of information that you put in the video! It was really well done and it was some of the best money that I spent on Ebay re CBGs! Thanks so much! Best, Lana
At 2:03am on October 31, 2009, Tim Fontaine said…
Just wanted to let you know I bought one of your DVD's a while back. It was great. So now I hold you personally responsible for this new addiction and all the fun I am having building these things. Thanks for making the DVD!
At 5:33am on September 30, 2009, JUJU said…
Thanks very much Bill much appriciated mate - yes the pickup winder turned out real well i'm glad because it took forever to machine all the parts , would have been gutted if it did not perform - guess you gotta try these things to find out !
as for my playing i think i'm getting a little better must start to study the Keni Lee Burgess dvd i bought just aint had time
Thanks again mate .. keep well ..and keep building them sweet CBG's
At 4:32pm on August 24, 2009, Keni Lee Burgess said…
I have started a CBN group entitled, "How to Play CBG" It is my hope and intention to encourage the "Wealth of Talent" here on the Nation to share their knowledge and skill to further the CBG movement. Please consider contributing an instructional "video" link to this group. If you are a viewer seeking instruction, please feel free to write. If you have any suggestions or know other players who you think may want to post instructional "video" links, please contact me. Thank you for your interest and support, Keni Lee
At 11:04pm on April 4, 2009, Ray Womack said…
Bill, That video I got from you about a box, stick and a string changed the way I look at music. Thanks,
Sweet Baby Ray Womack
At 11:09am on March 19, 2009, bairfoot cajun said…
sorry bout the mistake i meant hamhock about the banjoneck cbg,s.just stopped by to ask what you thought of those i am building and would you like one that i built,it would be a gift of course because you created an inspiration to awe the builders like myself.
At 6:41pm on February 28, 2009, bairfoot cajun said…
i just stopped by to tell you that the old banjo neck cbg you built that hambone has is the most awesome looking cbg i have seen,so now i,m hooked. thanks for the inspiration bill jehle,i spent most of my life making old furniture look new but in the last couple of years i was in texas just recently i spent a year and a half making new furniture look old.ha ha that was a new twist that i would apply to guitar design. i likes me some old looking guitars especially cigarbox guitars.

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