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We build guitars

Started this discussion. Last reply by Taffy Evans Jul 3. 52 Replies

This has been niggling at me for months, and now is the time to raise this in the community. I’m guessing that many of you have, in response to some question or another, replied “I build guitars.…Continue

Next CBG event in the UK?

Started this discussion. Last reply by David L. Jul 18, 2018. 4 Replies

They seem to be rife in the US, but I can find no mention of any upcoming CBG-related events in the UK. Any clues, anyone?Continue

Springs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lonman Jun 9, 2018. 4 Replies

Springs in guitars- yes or no? If yes, why- and how.Continue

Humbuckers- a question for the house

Started this discussion. Last reply by Korrigan May 1, 2018. 32 Replies

Given that the distance between the top and bottom strings on a three-string CBG is about the same as the length of the short axis of a plain-topped humbucker, is there any reason why you cannot…Continue

 

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Taffy Evans replied to Wal Callaby's discussion We build guitars
"Hey thanks for the nice comments guy,s. It's taken a while. But it has always been a back runner to family, motorcycles, instrument repairs and "going bush". It's been a lifelong hobby. Now im retired I devote more time to the…"
Jul 3
Paul Craig replied to Wal Callaby's discussion We build guitars
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Cause the Blue rat replied to Wal Callaby's discussion We build guitars
"Awesome builds Taff. The idea that someone as talented as you takes the time to make CBGs is totally cool.  Don't tink I didn't see that Paul Craig. You tone wooded me. Oh Ya??? Well tone wood to you too. : )  And speaking of…"
Jul 3
Paul Craig replied to Wal Callaby's discussion We build guitars
"It's apparent that Taff has spent a long time over some years building all types of guitars. The term Master Builder comes to mind from some of the examples I've seen."
Jul 2
Timothy Hunter replied to Wal Callaby's discussion We build guitars
"that is beautiful Taff.  love the gecko inlay.  if i ever get enough money together i may need to commission a 12 string from you.."
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Taffy Evans replied to Wal Callaby's discussion We build guitars
"Hi Will, what do I do in my spare time? you ask.....its all in the photo.Tim, do I build twelve strings, you asked. Well yes I do here's a photo of the last one....... Thanks for the nice comments folks, and don't sell yourselves short,…"
Jun 30
Taffy Evans replied to Wal Callaby's discussion We build guitars
"Hi  Will, what do I do in my spare time? you ask.....its all in the photo. Tim, do I build twelve strings, you asked. Well yes I do here's a photo of the last one....... Thanks for the nice comments folks, and don't sell yourselves…"
Jun 30
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"Great stuff as always. Now please excuse me- I have to go rinse the dust out of my mouth..."
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Wal Callaby commented on Richard Sundberg's video
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"Whoa! Some pro quality playin’ and filmin’ goin’ on there. Nice, very nice."
Jun 30
Wal Callaby replied to Wal Callaby's discussion We build guitars
"For all those UK builders out there, I’ve found a great source of PAR 2mm oak at a good width for cbgs. Either ask me for details, or you could google 2mm hardwood, like I did... My ash tonewood supplier I’m keeping quiet about."
Jun 30
Blind Doughboy replied to Wal Callaby's discussion We build guitars
"Great work! Oak is highly underrated as a tone wood, as are ash and birch. I sometimes like to get conspiracy minded and decide that the only reason such cheaper woods are given lesser status in the guitar world is because the profit margin is…"
Jun 30
Wal Callaby replied to Wal Callaby's discussion We build guitars
" Dave Lynas is the Taswegian among us, I believe. And never mind Cap’n Cook, there’s some damn’ fine craft beer to be had in Whitby!"
Jun 30

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How did you learn about Cigar Box Nation?
Surfing
How many instruments have you built so far?
Coupla dozen...
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
I find, to my utter astonishment, that at the age of 60- and with minimal woodworking skills and very few tools- I can build musical instruments that are not only playable, but at their very best are capable of making proper musicians say "wow" in tones of ill-concealed admiration. Like the Stones and their 'Blue and Lonesome' album, it is perhaps a shame that it was done so late in life- but it may not have been possible without having lived that life, y'know?

Cigar Box Nation is my only foray into social media, and I don't miss the others at all. Build 'em loud and build 'em proud!

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At 4:04am on February 21, 2018, Andries D. EKER said…

And her are some standard violin F holes! Have Fun !

At 4:02am on February 21, 2018, Andries D. EKER said…

Well i use a template draw by my self (paper) put sharkcole on the back and draw over that on the place on the Box, and then drill small holes in the inside of the cutout drawing and use a scrollsaw, and cut away sand them down and if you like for special effect paint the rim gold or any other color of disire! Good Luck and Greeeeeettsss zz A.D.

At 4:22am on September 26, 2017, Andries D. EKER said…

Hi there Wal, Thanks for the Kind remarks there, thank you for detecting, i like to see my self a adept of the worldfair composer Varese, who workt whit klang & tone ,in a similar fasion like Zappa does or did must say, Music concrete as we say. Thanks again for your interest in the Work! Greeeettss A.D.

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For the greater good of the greater number

Posted on April 17, 2018 at 4:41pm 4 Comments

I should share this, because much of it was shared with me- and it has helped me enormously. I've been building these things for less than a year, and I now find that each new instrument I finish plays like a real guitar. For the love of Gitty, some of them may even be saleable... Anyway, here goes.

I was initially shy of showing my builds to my friend S. Not only is she a skilled carpenter and fully qualified boatbuilder, she does not suffer fools gladly either. But she was really…

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To each his own

Posted on March 6, 2018 at 4:18pm 10 Comments

One day last summer I was driving down the hill to the local market town for bits and pieces. Saw a 'bike down in the middle of the road, so stopped and asked the chap in black leathers if he was OK. When he turned I could see he was my age-ish- late 50s, grey beard, that sort of thing. "Fine" he said, "only had this thing a couple of days", so I drove on. Got to town, parked, and burst out laughing. My wife, I thought, is luckier than she knows. There was a chap who may not have ridden a…

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