Michael Orr [Built 2 Last]
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  • Harrisburg, PA
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At 10:40am on February 26, 2013, Matt scott said…
That's more than one question...)
At 10:39am on February 26, 2013, Matt scott said…
Hi mike. Love your book. One question. On your black tabak bass what type strings are used and did you employee a truss rod. I'm looking to build a three string fretted .. I'm thinking of using the three highest bass strings. And what's the scale? Thanks
At 3:57pm on January 16, 2013, KK Dirty Money said…

Hi, Mike - 

Sorry for the delay in response. 

Thanks for writing. If I was interested in buying, say, 4 fretted fretboards from you, what would it cost?

What if I wanted fretboards and/or necks with the tilt-back headstocks?

I am mostly interested in necks and fretboards. 

Also, I was wondering if you had any types of string bridges that you recommend. I am interested in maybe some sort of wooden bridge with a bar-type transducer in it.

thanks for your help, 

At 4:04pm on August 20, 2012, Kevin M. Kraft said…

Hello! My name is Kevin M. Kraft, founder of the annual Kansas City Cigar Box Guitar Festival. First, I love your work!!! I only dream of being so creative. Actually, it's just equipment that I lack, but that's a story for another time.

This year's event will take place on August 26th, and once again I am accepting cigar box guitars and cigar box guitar-related donation, which will be raffled off during the festival, the proceeds to benefit Kansas City's Blues in the Schools program. WHAT BETTER CAUSE than to teach young people about the blues and its place in American music? If you have guitars, accessory, CDs, DVDs, books--anything related to cigar box guitars that you would like to donate, please contact me at the Cigar Box Nation or email me at kevinmkraft@juno.com  to learn where to send it. Last year we had some wonderful and surprising donations from here and across the pond. Maybe you’ll favor us with one of your own.


Thanks for you time and consideration.


- Kevin



At 9:14am on July 13, 2012, Michael Baker said…

Hi Mike, bought your book and made my first guitar using a sweet(candy) tin in my lunch break.I don't play but my brother reckons it was ok.

Used it for reference on my second one ,see my pics, Used fret plan from book ! Tin again ,there a lot easier to get for free over here than box's. Thanks to your book i've got a new hobby,plan to make at least five more tin guitars then going to make my own box's.

Thanks mate

At 7:56am on March 11, 2010, wes carl said…
thats not a big deal im not that good anyway give me a call when you want me to come over thanks
At 7:14am on March 10, 2010, wes carl said…
how is that build going
At 9:01am on February 26, 2010, wes carl said…
Hey boss check out ebay there are some amps that look surprisizling similar to mine. Looks as if some one has been checking out my page?
At 6:16pm on August 23, 2009, Keni Lee Burgess said…
I have started a CBN group entitled, "How to Play CBG" It is my hope and intention to encourage the "Wealth of Talent" here on the Nation to share their knowledge and skill to further the CBG movement. Please consider contributing an instructional "video" link to this group. If you are a viewer seeking instruction, please feel free to write. If you have any suggestions or know other players who you think may want to post instructional "video" links, please contact me. Thank you for your interest and support, Keni Lee
At 12:02am on March 21, 2009, rodney fruits said…
your pics are great. love the headless one, great job. you have found the best place to be, lots of nice people here.

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