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6 February 2014
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Has anyone played/owned one of these? I've become intrigued since seeing the Sound City documentary last week, in which McCartney plays one.

Apparently McCartney's was given to him by Johnny Depp. It was made by Matty Baratto, who runs a store in Hollywood (his CBGs are very expensive, though - I read he charged $3,000 for the McCartney CBG - a Reso-Fiddle tenor, if anyone's interested - and amp).

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They look really fun to play, and there's a pretty big community of people building and playing their own. Might have to get one (my crafting skills are pretty weak so I don't think I'll make one).

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15 February 2014
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We made some of these in a class that I took. I mean, we made other things, but the simplest of guitars were the cigar box types. Obviously they weren't near professional, and I personally had mine set to banjo tuning, to add a tenor guitar sound to it.

 

They're nice for if you've got small hands and don't mind something sounding rather rustic. Personally I'd rather play a mandolin or ukulele in terms of small instruments, but a nice DIY cigar box is cool for a bit of sound depth.

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At local festivals in our area, there's a guy who sells banjos made out of soda cans.

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Joe said
Has anyone played/owned one of these? I've become intrigued since seeing the Sound City documentary last week, in which McCartney plays one.

Apparently McCartney's was given to him by Johnny Depp. It was made by Matty Baratto, who runs a store in Hollywood (his CBGs are very expensive, though - I read he charged $3,000 for the McCartney CBG - a Reso-Fiddle tenor, if anyone's interested - and amp).

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They look really fun to play, and there's a pretty big community of people building and playing their own. Might have to get one (my crafting skills are pretty weak so I don't think I'll make one).

Joe, I bought a kit for making one, there awesome if your a guitarist or into instruments. So you can purchase kits online if you want to do it that way. And yeah thats cool Paul played with it on Cut Me Some Slack given to him by Johnny. Also saw an old PBS blues special from '89 and I think Bo Diddley is play a 6 string version. Was an awesome special. I also want to purchase a Dulcimer, love Brian Jones Dulcimer playing on Lady Jane, Stones didn't perform that song for 45 years, after Brian was out.  Theres footage of him performing live with it if your into exotic instruments of topic but cool string instrument. 

10 March 2014
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Hey, let me know how you get on with the kit. I considered buying one but I'd probably mess up even the basics. Still toying with buying a pre-made one, probably a Shane Speal creation.

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7 April 2014
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I mentioned on another thread that I'd commissioned someone to build me a cigar box guitar. It's done, and he made me a video to go with it!

http://www.cigarboxnation.com/.....so-for-joe

It has a short-scale neck, similar to the one McCartney played. It also has a resonator cone so it's louder than normal CBGs, which will allow me to annoy the neighbours when I play in the garden on hot summer evenings. Looks like a whole heap of fun.

The guy who made it is Shane Wagstaff, and this is his site. It came in at £200 plus £12 for UK postage (unamplified, non-reso CBGs are a lot cheaper, even more so if you build your own). Can't wait to get my hands on it.

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Joe said
I mentioned on another thread that I'd commissioned someone to build me a cigar box guitar. It's done, and he made me a video to go with it!

http://www.cigarboxnation.com/.....so-for-joe

It has a short-scale neck, similar to the one McCartney played. It also has a resonator cone so it's louder than normal CBGs, which will allow me to annoy the neighbours when I play in the garden on hot summer evenings. Looks like a whole heap of fun.

The guy who made it is Shane Wagstaff, and this is his site. It came in at £200 plus £12 for UK postage (unamplified, non-reso CBGs are a lot cheaper, even more so if you build your own). Can't wait to get my hands on it.

 

Jesus, that thing is sweet. I know nothing about guitars and even I know that's awesome. Makes me want to learn how to play guitar. Have fun with that guitar!

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I will!

CBGs are normally 1-4 strings - I think three-stringers are more common, but there aren't really any rules. I wanted four so I can tune it to play like a tenor ukulele if I want.

There are loads of different tunings that people use though. I've heard it said that the best thing to do is just experiment and see what works. This guy tunes his to DaDa and it sounds good for slide blues:

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I'd want a four so I could tune it like my bass (though higher)

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I think my one is tuned like a bass (EADG) - he mentions it towards the end of the video.

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Joe, will we see a video from you pop up in the the "Your Beatles Covers" thread with your cigar box guitar?

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