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ChickenboneJohn commented on smojo's group The Brits are coming
"As well as releasing my "Chickenbone John" CD, I've now gone digital, so you can download and listen  online via the steam-powered Interweb (I still haven't worked out where to put in the coal)..check out iTunes, Spotify,…"
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ChickenboneJohn commented on smojo's group The Brits are coming
"Just use regular auto rattlecan spray lacquer. The key thing is to use several very fine mist coats. Don't be tempted to spray too much in one go, otherwise it will soak in and cause spots and darker patches. Anything that you brush on is…"
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"Great looking and sounding guitar.  I wish you'd come by my town when I was first wanting to build one. "
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"Great kit Chickenbone! Nice construction video."
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Easy-Build 3 string cigar box guitar kit

Here's our latest guitar kit, based on the kit that we use at our "Make and Play" workshops. Super simple, super easy to make with a minimum of tools - you r...
Nov 12, 2018
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Geordie Hillbilly commented on ChickenboneJohn's blog post Banjo making...Appalachian mountain style.
"That is brilliant John."
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ChickenboneJohn replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Strings recommendation
"Bronzewound strings are not particularly good for electric, you really need nickel wound."
Nov 1, 2018
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"Jarrod Dickenson is playing FREE at the Blues Kitchen in Camden, London tonight (Thurs Nov 1). Maybe he'll be packing one of Chickenbone John's CBGs?"
Nov 1, 2018
ChickenboneJohn replied to Brent Kasl's discussion CBG Heel
"Unless you are making a proper dovetail or tenoned neck in to a heel block construction, simply gluing on a heel outside of the box will be purely cosmetic measure and will add very little rigidity to the joint."
Oct 30, 2018
ChickenboneJohn commented on smojo's group The Brits are coming
"If you want a decent amp with some effects, in my book there's only one choice, the Roland Cube series. There are plenty of other amps out there, but the Roland is fuss-free, robust and simplicity itself to use."
Oct 29, 2018

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HI..ChickenboneJohn here...in Birmingham, UK. I've been making and fixing guitars of all sorts for a while...but love making and playing cigar box guitars. I run the Crossroads Blues Club in Birmingham

http://www.towerofsong.co.uk/blues

If you are in the area...drop by....club night is EVERY Thursday at 8.45pm

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At last...my CD!

Posted on October 13, 2018 at 6:46am 2 Comments

At long last I've put out a CD!! Launched during my mini Euro tour of the Low Countries with Hollowbelly, at the Ouwehoer Cafe in Rotterdam.

https://www.chickenbonejohn.com/products/chickenbonejohn-cd…

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Summer of '18 - Life On The Road

Posted on August 11, 2018 at 3:54am 2 Comments

So...summer's well on, and it's been an amazingly warm one...and for me an exhausting one.   I know people think that being a professional musician is one long round of cool gigs, adulation, alcohol and drugs...but there's more...and less to it than that. Finding the cash for many tanks of diesel, worrying about whether there's a parking place near the gig, figuring out the logistics of loading out 500kg  of gear every night and keeping it safe, and not getting busted by the German Autobahn…

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Back On The Road - Autumn European Tour

Posted on September 26, 2017 at 9:00am 2 Comments

It had been a while, but it was time for me and Hollowbelly to go back on he road again…the Van Thom Weekender and the German Cigar Box Guitar Festival were happening on two consecutive weekends, so that was the cue to arrange a little tour. We had a contact from a new promoter offering a midweek date between the two weekends, and I managed to arrange some more dates on the way out and back, so we had a viable tour organised. Getting gigs is one thing, but getting shows that pay and work…

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Glastonbury with Chickenbone John, Hollowbelly and Anne Zilpha

Posted on June 29, 2017 at 6:00pm 0 Comments

  • GLASTONBURY 2017

    After last year's success selling cigar box guitars at Glastonbury, we decided to have another shot at it. My sales manager (and daughter) Anne completed the application in October of last year...and early in March we heard that we'd been offered…

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At 7:19pm on October 5, 2017, Chipfat Fingerburn Jones said…
Hi John, I don’t know how to private message people on here. How do I sign up for a slot at boxstock?
At 3:37pm on May 26, 2017, Paul Craig said…

Just happened to see the video of your tilt neck CBG's. That is plain awesome thinking and design. Like your idea over the Fender design.

At 2:02pm on January 25, 2016, Bristol Blue said…

Good to know you Chickenbone. Just been checking out your "Jitterbug Swing" , liked Bukka White for eons and your version is ace. How did you come to buy The Works entire UK stock of BBG's? How much are you selling them for? 

At 7:59am on March 30, 2015, Chipfat Fingerburn Jones said…
I'd like to put my name down for the open mic on the Friday night of box stock. Is that possible?
At 1:19pm on November 18, 2014, Woodmuppet said…
Il come over and say hello if I'm going, it's our bike clubs "Christmas p' up" on the Saturday night in Liverpool so......
At 12:51pm on November 18, 2014, Woodmuppet said…
Hello John.
Are you at the Liverpool guitar show on Sunday?
At 5:28am on March 10, 2014, Richey Kay said…

Definitely not your fault mate. Postie put a missed delivery slip through the door without bothering to knock. Then when I tried to collect it from the post office they looked for 20 minutes then said they'd lost it. Then after I rode to work they called to say they'd found it...

At 5:08am on March 10, 2014, Richey Kay said…

Hi John, after a bit of a nightmare with the Post Office (long story) I finally received the fretboard blanks from you this morning. They're wonderful, thanks very much! Cheers for the offcuts too!

Rick

At 8:03am on January 23, 2014, Olaf Geurens said…

just now started to use cigarboxnation again.

How was the concert?

Been following you on youtube, great channel!

See you

At 12:14pm on January 16, 2014, Sleepy John said…

Hey, CBJ, many apologies, have only just found your message re tailpieces.

yes I still need one, but most of the ones i've seen are for full sized resonators, and are too long. I only need a max of 3ins long , which was about the size of the USA one I commented on.

Regards SJ 

 
 
 

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