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Howdy all, I stumbled across CBGs after watching Juzzie Smith videos and am very excited to get started.

I am a retired soldier and now live in the Texas hill country. I learned to play guitar about 30 years ago (never did much more than plink and learn a couple songs), but I have a renewed interest now and stronger desire to learn to play now that I am semi-retired and have more time.

I picked up a nice wooden humidor at a local flea market and ordered a bunch of parts from CB Gitty. I couldn't wait to get started, so I dug around in my barn and found a cookie tin and a mattox handle and went to work on a banjo while waiting for my guitar parts to come in. I have always loved bluegrass, especially slide guitar, banjo, and harmonica and really want to learn banjo more than anything.

I have been reading and watching videos nonstop for a couple of weeks and came across a link to this page on instructables.com.

I built surfboards in the 80s, have built a few rifle stocks, hunting bows, and kayaks, and have built several hundred prosthetic limbs - I am (was) a Prosthetist. I am excited about trying my hand at musical instruments and looking forward to getting to know y'all!

Here is a photo of my humidor and my banjo project. The neck is a hickory mattox handle, and I made the bridge from a piece of red elm and the nut from a piece of deer antler. I am hitting another flea market this weekend to scavenge some more parts!

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Welcome aboard!

Be forewarned, this is a very addictive endeavor. As soon as you finish one, you'll have a new "better" idea. It's a bit like raising rabbits. You start with two and before long you are surrounded.

You have a nice looking banjo there. Have to get us a sound clip when you get it strung up.

There are plenty of experience folk around here to answer questions, so don't be shy.

Good to have ya..........

HAHA! I am already an addict. I stayed up late last night working on the banjo. I just need the strings and tuners now and it will be ready to play. My guitar parts from CB Gitty arrived this morning and I spent most of the day working on the cigar box guitar. I finished the neck and it is currently glued and clamped into the box. (Glue dries too slow!) I have an old metal washtub that I am eyeballing for a future stand-up bass project. Yep, already hooked! Nice to meet ya, Tom! Be safe.

I made my first one not knowing if it would work and no idea how to play it anyhow except that seasick Steve had a sound I just had to have! Day before yesterday number 100 came off my bench and yesterday I sold it at my weekly stall....addictive doesn't even start to descibe it...welcome aboard!

That's awesome, Mike S!


Mike S said:

I made my first one not knowing if it would work and no idea how to play it anyhow except that seasick Steve had a sound I just had to have! Day before yesterday number 100 came off my bench and yesterday I sold it at my weekly stall....addictive doesn't even start to descibe it...welcome aboard!

Hi, Randy.

Yes, is addictive!. But enjoy it!. When you finish this you will be thinking about how the next one will be. I´m sure that in a couple of years you´ll be the ownners of anothers banjos and GCB.

Regards from Argentina.

Gustavo.

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