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How did you learn about Cigar Box Nation?
Googling for info on Seasick Steve's guitars
How many instruments have you built so far?
Around a dozen "guitars" and a load of other stuff
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
First, the technical learning experience from building, which has helped me develop my interest in instrument acoustics, electronics and design.
Second, playing unconventional instruments helps to get you away from the cosy tendency to sound like every other amateur with a guitar. If you get away from the idea that this is about emulating some old blues guy and open your mind to the territories explored by Sonic Youth, Harry Partch and others then the sky's the limit...

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At 4:58pm on June 6, 2016, Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear said…

Hi Mark.

Really happy to be your CBN buddy. Thanks for the request my friend and hope to see you around here :)

At 6:10pm on May 27, 2016, Lazylefteye said…
Hi Mark

Cheers for the friend request.
All the best.

Steve
At 3:31pm on October 20, 2013, Elmar Zeilhofer said…

Hi Mark,

sorry to answer a bit late to your question dated Sep 23; I've just noticed it. I'm sorry I can't say why the tone doesn't change with your standard tone pot and cap setup. The only thing which I would suggest is to change two parameters:

Regarding the pot, I would try it with a linear taper, in case it's now loagarithmic. And regarding the cap, I'd try 47nF.

The linear impedance of an FP4 is around 1.5kOhm.

At 7:56am on May 29, 2012, darren brown said…

thanks mark .

At 3:58pm on March 23, 2012, Dom Kelly said…

Hi Mark. Thanks for taking the time to reply in such detail regarding my left handed bridge problem. You're right with your last comment about the philosophy of this CBG malarky but being a design engineer by trade I'm finding it difficult compromise in areas of build, function and aesthetics. Having said that, this is only my second build and no doubt my attitude will change.

As for the build, I'm just gonna reverse the bridge in the saddle and angle the whole arrangement on the soundboard accordingly for a left hander irrespective if it looks a bit odd. Thanks again for your friendship and advice . It's much appreciated. 

Dom

At 10:04am on March 8, 2012, Paul Balmer said…

Hi Mark,

Thanks for the freind request

Paul

At 8:03am on February 20, 2012, bouydog 8-9-8 said…

Thanks for your friendship Mark love your builds.

At 8:42pm on November 9, 2011, Vinylhed said…

Thanks for your comment on the video I posted. It led me to check out your photos, and I was over the moon to see your M & S biscuit tin guitar. It was seeing photos documenting its construction on your web-page that persuaded me to attempt to build my own.

I've now seen pictures of thousands of wonderful hand built guitars on this site, but that biscuit tin of yours remains my favourite.

Cheers for the inspiration.

At 4:16pm on November 9, 2011, Dave Cochran said…

Mark,

Thanks very much for the kind words. You've got some really nice work and it looks like you're handy with a camera too. 

Dave.

At 4:28am on October 18, 2011, Stu Crane AKA aboynamedstu said…
Cheers for the friendship and those are some great looking builds in your photos
 
 
 

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