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September 2011 Blog Posts (10)


The song I just posted I finished today from a song prompt at last night's Fredericksburg Songwriters' Showcase:  we broke into groups of three, and each drew a handful of "noun" cards and another of "adjective" cards from the  "Apples to Apples" board game.  The lyrics, along with the cards my group drew, are here.

I didn't even realize as we started the song that the Virginia State Fair started…


Added by Tres Seaver on September 30, 2011 at 10:34pm — 1 Comment

New Video!!!!!!!!!!!!

Check out the new Trashmun Johnson video "Bass Diddley"

Added by Kevin Lassiter on September 26, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

One-String Jitterbug

I am on a mission to bring the Diddley Bow to the masses! An instrument with such a long past, but not alot of public knowledge about? That ain't right! If you feel the same way, let me know.

Added by Kevin Lassiter on September 24, 2011 at 10:19pm — 2 Comments

Shamisen- japanese guitar or taxidermy

The shamisen has three strings and is played with a plectrum. The body of the instrument is a box, made of four pieces of wood and then covered with cat skin or dog skin. Cat skin and dog skin transmit the vibrations of the instrument very sensitively, but are very fragile and split easily. In recent…

Added by ™ǝɹnsodxɯɐɔ on September 19, 2011 at 7:51am — 7 Comments

Birth of The Highway Child

The Highway Child is a 6 string strat/tele hybrid. I use the "hippie sandwich" technique. the back and middle cavity are 2 separate pieces with the middle routed for wiring. The front cap is maple laminate (removable).…


Added by Richard Stark on September 15, 2011 at 6:53pm — 1 Comment


Well it's complete! Not half bad If I say so myself:)… Continue

Added by mike mccaw on September 13, 2011 at 10:59pm — 2 Comments

another step closer

Fitted the neck to the top,assembeled em to the box,and got the first coat of polyurethane on the box

Added by mike mccaw on September 10, 2011 at 12:25am — No Comments

Almost there....

My first build is coming along,got a few more things done today,already I'm seeing some mistakes,simple things that I've overlooked.But hey it's a learning process,I'll know better on my next.Cut the slots for the frets,and done a rough fit of the top n neck together.… Continue

Added by mike mccaw on September 8, 2011 at 6:05pm — 2 Comments

build still moving on

Box frame and back assembled today,top cut out,and sound holes/covers put in.Electronics wired up.Still have to fret the neck,and mount it to the top,before final sealing,and stringing.

Added by mike mccaw on September 5, 2011 at 12:48pm — 5 Comments

My first CBG build.

Recently I met a friend with a CBG,and instantly I was hooked!I asked him where he got it(yeah i know dumb question)and his reply was of course he made it.After some inspection of his,and some encouraaging words,I started my build.The first problem was I couldn't a box the size I wanted.What to do?Build my own…


Added by mike mccaw on September 4, 2011 at 4:21pm — 2 Comments

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