Wal Callaby
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  • Whatfield, Suffolk
  • United Kingdom

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Next CBG event in the UK?

Started this discussion. Last reply by David L. Jul 18. 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


Started this discussion. Last reply by Lonman Jun 9. 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. 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

How do you cut those f-holes?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nick Dodson Mar 5. 57 Replies

Having built a handful of CBGs, a biscuit tin or two (depending on how broad-minded you are), and currently working on my second LPG, I was today pondering the advice of a friend, who said that,…Continue


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Not beer cans...

...these are mushy pea tin mics (ask a Brit). Quick and easy to make, especially if you've got a bunch of pre-wired piezos in your pickup drawer, and they really work! The one on the left even has a volume pot, and that helps to reduce feedback.…
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"Duck has it absolutely right- they don't put "Build, Play, Repeat" on t-shirts for no reason..."
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"Nice one UJ- Mr L would be proud of you. Good loud git too! I envy you your ability to play AND sing/ blow- never could do it myself. Can't sing at all tbh..."
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"You mean there's something OTHER than the minor blues scale?"

"Beautiful playing and sound.  Mighty fine finger work, Wal."
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Wal Callaby replied to Paul Atkinson's discussion Journal Article on the Cigar Box Guitar scene in the UK
"Stunning piece of research- covers all bases, and passes few judgements. Two points, if I may. Shane Speal himself said, during his recent TV plug for his book, something along the lines of "You buy a factory made guitar, you sound like…"
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How did you learn about Cigar Box Nation?
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…


To each his own

Posted on March 6, 2018 at 4:18pm 11 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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