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Art Festival? A Selling Success!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Grandpa Mar 2, 2018. 9 Replies

Sorry in advance, this will be windy. Last Fall, an artist friend encouraged me to apply to a local juried art festival. What the heck, I took three gits to present for inclusion, not expecting to be…Continue

CBG horror moments!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Uncle John Jan 5, 2018. 9 Replies

I saw Paul Craig's pic of a steel bar truss rod install from the other day, and recoiled in recollection of my first attempt at a truss rod. Had a good plan, install under fret board, cover it up, no…Continue

Masking tape box clamping

Started Nov 6, 2017 0 Replies

I was reading John Kramme's post about making his own boxes, and was reminded about a tip I picked up a little while back that helped me. I found a woodworker's post on Youtube (Charles Neil…Continue

Grandpa builds a Bass

Started this discussion. Last reply by JL Nov 8, 2017. 11 Replies

Finally finished my 3 string CBB. What a learning curve! Started with a 20" long bulk cigar box, built a steel rod reinforced red oak and mahogany neck, through the box, corian nut, jumbo frets, and…Continue

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Grandpa replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Removing Glued Neck
"I had to remove a fretboard glued to a neck with Titebond III. I heated up the glue joint using a propane camping heater. My best recollection is that it took about 8-10minutes of moving the neck forward and back in front of the heat source to…"
Jan 4
Grandpa replied to Timothy Hunter's discussion 3 string Bass conundrums
"Nice looking three stringer, Korrigan. What p/u did you use?"
Jan 4
Grandpa replied to Brent Kasl's discussion Neck Thickness Build Up
"I've been here myself. I used a washer under the tuner washer and threaded ferrule to make the height. This works for enclosed-style tuners. Worked well for me."
Jan 2
Grandpa replied to Shane Speal shanespeal.com's discussion VIDEO LESSON: How to Play Shake Em On Down on Cigar Box Guitar - RL Burnside & Samantha Fish!
"Sorry Kigar. The correct site I wrote about is Chordify. Audio and scrolling chord chart. I don't remember if lyrics are there or not. If no lyrics, I go to google "lyrics for (name of song/artist)". Many places available to look.…"
Oct 5, 2018
Grandpa commented on BeetleJuice!'s blog post RED ALERT>>> Cigar Box History NEWS
"Awesome archival instrument. Thanks for the link. I had forgotten about this website. A lot of vintage gits and photos. Good photo material for the sales booth when explaining the history of cbg building."
Oct 4, 2018
Grandpa replied to Shane Speal shanespeal.com's discussion VIDEO LESSON: How to Play Shake Em On Down on Cigar Box Guitar - RL Burnside & Samantha Fish!
"Kigar, I happened to find this (R.L. Burnside version) last weekend on Songsterr. Has audio and a scrolling chord chart. I have researched many songs on this free website. Some features are fee-based, but the basic free stuff has always been good…"
Oct 4, 2018
Grandpa commented on Rodney Horsfall's blog post Chopping Board raided from the Kitchen
"Another household item repurposed for music! Nice git."
Oct 2, 2018
Grandpa replied to Bob Johnston's discussion Laminating Tip
"Make your scarf joint in the opposite direction, the joint will be under the fret board."
Oct 2, 2018
Grandpa replied to Taffy Evans's discussion One of my cheapest sold......$800.00
"You did!"
Oct 2, 2018
Grandpa replied to Blues Frog's discussion The first sale
"Frog, for as long as you've been posting, I figured you were a selling veteran. Glad to read about your first sale. I, too, have been building for a little over 3 years, and have been fortunate enough to make a number of sales, all in person. I…"
Oct 2, 2018
Grandpa replied to Bruce Young's discussion Candle ring hole cover hack
"There's always a way! This forum is full of our collective "oops" moments, sometimes even "$%&^@*^$%#$*&" moments. The solutions are always gonna help another builder. Good job."
Oct 2, 2018
Grandpa commented on Richard Smith's blog post Putting Your Neck Out There
"Well, Richard, it's good to have a plan. It appears that you have made a plan for success. Best of luck to you in your new endeavor. Will be looking forward to your progress, blogs, and offerings. Keep yer neck out there!"
Jul 10, 2018
Grandpa replied to Brown Water Jerry (Rice)'s discussion Back after a long hiatus
"Yep, fret markers are cool. That neck oughtta shine when you get it finished. I've used plywood for a laminated neck, with the lamination exposed at the back of the neck. I liked the finished product. Post pics when you're done. Welcome…"
Jun 4, 2018
Grandpa replied to john keven kemege's discussion Added a strap to a Mop Can guitar
"Nice strap rig. That belt looks better than the one holding up my pants!"
Jun 4, 2018
Grandpa replied to Cause the Blue rat's discussion First build in years.
"Rat, it was good to read you're back in this forum a while back. It had been a bit, for sure. Now you actually have drawings and dates. This is starting to feel like a plan! Looking forward to reports of your progress, then the finished…"
May 23, 2018
Grandpa replied to Taffy Evans's discussion Bridge making, one way I do it.
"Thanks, Taffy. Came at a time that I need to make a tall bridge, and this is different than what I normally do. I'll give it a go."
May 22, 2018

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How did you learn about Cigar Box Nation?
found it on the interwebs
How many instruments have you built so far?
65ish
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
taking wood, boxes, parts, and ideas and creating a playable musical instrument. Introducing folks to our craft by playin' and displayin'. Swappin' ideas with other folks on CBN.

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At 4:40pm on May 10, 2018, Dennis McLean said…

The strings you talked about using 36/26/17 do they work well with a fretless neck and a slide

At 8:20am on October 16, 2017, Andrew Adams said…
Thanks Grandpa for responding!. Good to know there are more of “us” out here!. I have a Facebook page as well, with a few friends and such. Check us out sometime. @Adams.Guitar.Werks and online AdamsGuitarWerks.wordpress.com

This isn’t a pitch or anything, it’s just nice to know some folks out there that have a common interest... take care
At 5:00pm on January 12, 2017, Uncle John said…

No good deed goes unpunished. You were kind enough to comment on my last story. I just posted a new one pager in the blog section.

John

At 11:26am on November 2, 2016, Uncle John said…

Hey, old gramps.  If I realized we were not already CBN friends -  I would have asked you.  Anyway, I like your builds and pics and it is good to have you for a CBN friend.

At 5:49pm on April 6, 2016, Kenneth A McAuley said…
Nice to hear from you Grandpa, hooked is an under statement I feel like a pike on a spinner.
In the process of building an amp, I hope with a difference, we shall see, however I'm looking for a project that will take a while and a lot of planning, tlc and all that, so it's has to be a steel lap ukulele, got some nice oak and mahogany fouled in the shed.
Watch this space,
Take care,
Ken
 
 
 

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