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ChickenboneJohn replied to Jim Codog's discussion Strings breaking --- What good is a 3 string guitar if it only has 2 strings?
"Checkout my guide to tuning your guitar - tuning  to an octave above is the most common cause of string breakage in my experience.  https://youtu.be/C-wfo51zAvc"
Jan 16
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Tuning your Cigar Box Guitar to GDG or why a headstock tuner is your best friend & your worst enemy

"i do now of this discrepancy i do have the problem when detuning or uptuning ,from open D to standard there is not that much a diferens but going from open G to A or DADGAD to open C, then the tuner tends to let you keep on turning till the string…"
Jan 15
Uncle John commented on ChickenboneJohn's video
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"LOL on the best friend and worst enemy.   Good.  If I only had one guitar, I think it would be easier to make critical errors.  I usually compare to  a guitar that's tuned.  Maybe just sell them 2 at once."
Jan 15
Greg Tiffany commented on ChickenboneJohn's video
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"Thanks CB John. This is just the type of tutorial I need and learn so much after a few moments. Thanks John"
Jan 15
Dennis "Denbo" Goodinson commented on ChickenboneJohn's video
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"Nice one John, an excellent video especially for the beginner & novice musician. I would recommend any newby to watch this video. I've played enough CBG in GDG to tune it to my ear thankfully. Once I get the low G correct, using the 7th…"
Jan 15
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Dave Lynas commented on ChickenboneJohn's video
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"Very good and complete tutorial. Thanks. You could have mentioned piano or your friends guitar to tune to. They are real old school."
Jan 15
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Tuning your Cigar Box Guitar to GDG or why a headstock tuner is your best friend & your worst enemy

Quite often my customers contact me to tell me they have broken strings whilst trying to tune their cigar box guitar. My observation is that the main culprit...
Jan 15
ChickenboneJohn replied to JP Lace Master's discussion Need help learning to fret a neck
"If you are in the UK take a look at my fretting template and mitre boxes. Template.   Mitre Box"
Jan 5
ChickenboneJohn replied to JP Lace Master's discussion Need help learning to fret a neck
"All you need to set out frets is a good steel rule, a marking knife or very sharp pencil and a good eye. It's much easier to work in millimetres than in fractions of an inch, but either way, a good rule and a sharp eye are pretty much all that…"
Jan 5
ChickenboneJohn commented on smojo's group The Brits are coming
"Here we go...Boxstock will be taking place Friday 17th and Saturday 18th April, at The Slade Rooms , Wolverhampton. Get your tickets here - If you want a trade table to sell your stuff...book your spot here."
Dec 16, 2019
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ChickenboneJohn replied to Kevin Keating's discussion Cases for CBG's
"Yes, we're in the UK, but we've sent quite a few cases to the USA."
Nov 16, 2019
ChickenboneJohn commented on smojo's group The Brits are coming
"BOXSTOCK, The UK Cigar Box Guitar Festival - 18th April 2020, Slade Rooms Wolverhampton. DUSK BROTHERS are already booked, more details and ticket info. to following shortly. Also, seriously BIG news! "Cigar Box Blues - The Makers of a…"
Nov 15, 2019
ChickenboneJohn replied to Kevin Keating's discussion Cases for CBG's
"We have custom made  tweed cases in stock - not cheap, but classy. Tweed hardshell case"
Nov 15, 2019

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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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Glastonbury 2019 - it doesnt get any easier!

Posted on July 6, 2019 at 3:00pm 4 Comments

Glastonbury had a "fallow" year in 2018 to allow the land to recover, so we had a year off (we did WOMAD instead...but we'll not talk about that...). So, we submitted our application to trade in October last year, and heard late February 2019 that we'd been accepted. That was the starting gun for our preparation. My daughter Anne Zilpha made an analysis of the previous two years sales figures and we drew up a schedule of the stuff we had to make and buy-in. The daunting prospect was that we…

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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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At 1:11pm on January 24, 2019, gordon barnes said…

Since getting into this area of Guitar playing, I watch endless videos trying to gain as much knowlege as I can.  Lately, I.ve run into diatonic, pentatonic, fretting with only about 8 fretts, like a dulcimer.  In one, the guy had it his 3 strings tuned in such a way as to make playing blues like falling off a log.  I think Justin Johnson had one.  Problem is, I can never find them on line again.  Wish I could be more help.  What is a good size router bit for shaping the back of necks? I just bought nice router. Hmm, now what??  good talking to you, sorry I couldn't be more help.  I go into computer stores and they look at me and say, "what's the point."  Gordon

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!

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Tim Ahlberg replied to James Pobog's discussion fret (and fret marking) experiments
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"Wow, you made a winner there.  Glad is sounds do good.  That nut placement has to be a…"
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"Great cover Poorness. That bass sounds super! Such a shame about Chris, still hurts."
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"Those kind of lack depth, but are still really good boxes. Pretty too. Not you, Bob. The boxes."
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"Refined gas fueled tuneage Vin."
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"Probably your best, Kale.  Good on yer."
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