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A few of Farmer Ted's Builds

The first two photos here are of my newest addition to the CBG world...portable Cigar Box Amplifiers. These are powered by a 9 volt battery and work great with CBG's or standard electrified guitars except for basses. Future builds will include AC adapters to reserve battery power and/or extend playing time.

All but one of my CBG builds are four-string and set up as baritone ukulele (A-D-F#-B).

The CBG with wing-tip trim is electric/acoustic with a lipstick pickup. The neck is… Continue

Added by Scott aka Farmer Ted on November 11, 2010 at 10:47am — 1 Comment

Bottle Neck Slide Cutter Test

In a chat about cutting bottle neck slides, I remembered I had this old gadget, a yard sale find, which may or may not be an antique glass cutter for cutting gauge tubes for steam things. So I had to find it... and then I had to try it out.

I rinsed out a hot sauce bottle for the test. Yes, it will scratch a line on the INSIDE of a bottle neck.…


Added by Nancy Barnes on November 11, 2010 at 4:22am — 10 Comments


IM lookin to buy some finished cbg or banjo necks....anyone know where I could get those?

Added by Jacob kian on November 10, 2010 at 11:57am — 3 Comments

the old rider's blues, first TINQUI8 album !!!!


available on my website: http://jellyguitare.com/?page_id=2247

PS: even if you won't pass to buy it,, you can only visit and let me a little com. to say hello,, or just say that you like it !!, i would be very cool,, cheers :o) …


Added by TINQUI8 on October 25, 2010 at 7:41am — 3 Comments

Question on double 3 stringer

On a double 3 stringer what size strings do you use and how do you tune it? Is each string an octative above the base string that it is paired with like on a normal 12 string? If so, does that mean that (counting from the bottom) strings 1 and 2 and 6 are all the same size and tuned to the same note?

Added by Dan Watts on October 21, 2010 at 12:29pm — 3 Comments

Old Photos, Beer Bottle Organ, & Split Lip Rayfield

New blog posts this month:

10/22 - Split Lip Rayfield: Jeff Eaton lays down the thrash-grass with "Stitchgiver", a weedwacker bass made from the gas tank of a 1978 Mercury Grand Marquis.

10/15 - Beer Bottle Organ: Just when you thought beer couldn't get any more fun! A forgotten invention that goes back to 1798… Continue

Added by Scott Winburn on October 19, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Frail Echoes: A Banjo Tribute

I just posted a collection of tunes is selected from the nineteenth century American hymns in the 1982 Hymnal of the Episcopal Church, which I arranged for frailing banjo. I picked these tunes because learning them on the pre-eminent American folk instrument of that time seemed an interesting challenge, and because (for most of them) they were already among my favorite hymns.…


Added by Tres Seaver on October 4, 2010 at 2:33pm — 2 Comments

New Blog

Hi folks. Starting at the beginning of September I've been posting weekly articles in the new "Blog" section of the website - a place for me to call your attention to home-made instrument related things from around the globe. Ted does a great job of doing this for you guys already, but those posts quickly get swept away by other conversations. Hopefully I'll create a solid place to find cool & interesting articles on subjects HMC members will… Continue

Added by Scott Winburn on October 3, 2010 at 11:41am — 3 Comments

How I Built My First CBG (Step by Step)

Almost two years ago I documented my first build. There weren't many step by step videos around then so I thought I would make one. With minimal direction but a urge to build, I set out on the journey. Knowing what I know now there are a few things I would (and do now) differently. Hopefully, it might serve as a starting point for others.…


Added by Brian Parks on October 2, 2010 at 1:39pm — 2 Comments

Lap Steel Build

always wanted to try a lap steel guitar and finally got a nice piece of 3 1/3 by 2 1/2 iroko.

so, here goes

decided on an 8 string setup. first to route out the basic shape

always take extra care when using a router - too many 3 fingered carpenters around already :)

still to decide on the tuners,… Continue

Added by c# merle on September 29, 2010 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

the "reaper"

starting a totally different cbg.
I'm trying to build the "reaper"
An old Coffin shaped guitar. 3 string.
Wish me luck :).
starting on the lid tonight

the Picture I will be using on the lid.

Added by Rick "rocket" Moore on September 15, 2010 at 2:00am — 6 Comments

15 minuites of fame

My back porch mojo just got its 3rd newspaper story in a month!! Woo Hoo!! here is the link to the latest one..

thanks for looking!!

Added by Darren "Big Daddy" Dukes on September 13, 2010 at 7:42pm — 2 Comments

Our friend Robin Rogers - Needs your prayers.

This news was in my email this morning. Robin is always very nice to me and always willing to sign guitars or pose for pictures. I was fortunate enough to spend some time with her in Memphis this past May for the Blues Music Awards. She is very talented and kind hearted. Please keep her in your prayers.

This sad news comes from Steve Hecht at Piedmont Talent. Robin Rogers who has been in the hospital over the last 2 weeks with a severe liver…


Added by Shane Hopkins on September 11, 2010 at 1:24pm — 15 Comments

Veneer Build

So, iv'e got some 5mm plywood and a length of oak - time to go to work!

Most cigarboxes are just cheap ply boxes covered in paper, so i knocked up a straight forward 9x10 box and cut some sound holes.

Then i start thinking how plain it looks. not really wanting to slap labels on it (nothing wrong with that),

i thought... how about some veneer!

  1. After some searching on ebay, found this- Kevasinga 0.5mm thick 10x15 and…

Added by c# merle on September 8, 2010 at 8:00am — 9 Comments

Hope Chest, a newbie's first build

On Ted's suggestion, I'm blogging to document my first build. Fair warning, I don't know what I am doing so I am just figuring it out as I go and gleaming information wherever I can. This first photo is one some of you have seen before, and then I will bring you up to date as to what I've done so far.

This first build is pretty much just for practice because I have the tendency…


Added by Nancy Barnes on September 7, 2010 at 9:26pm — 19 Comments

long bridge

This is how i been making my last three or four bridges..
its a bit different from Tinys and Teds and Randys kinda ones, maybe useful for u if u got a bit of a neck angle and some height in there.. Ur all very welcome to use, improve etc on my ideas

my recent experiments indicate that a taller bridge gives me more volume, and spreading the feet further apart seems to as well..…


Added by The Phrygian Kid on September 2, 2010 at 4:00am — 8 Comments


Bojangles. A surprise for JoJo when she arrives at the Club Ted shop in a few hours.…


Added by Ted Crocker on August 16, 2010 at 10:30pm — 9 Comments

Custom Lowezo #2

On Ted's suggestion, I've decided to make a progress blog of my latest custom guitar. I'm using a Las Cabrillas I've had in my reserve since buying it from Jay. The cone I'm putting in it is actually the first cone I bought from Old Lowe. I've bought several, but somehow my first never made it to a build.

Anyway, I'm using a piece of curly maple for the neck and I'm slotting the peghead and doing putting in a one-off inlay. (Whoever can tell me what it is AND who said it will get a… Continue

Added by Diamondback Guitar Shop on August 13, 2010 at 12:39am — 8 Comments

Building the Gris-Gris Guitar

The new Gris-Gris guitar (the previous one has been renamed Black Lightning). It starts with a solid plank of African Mahogany.

The shape is rough cut and some mineral spirits applied to bring out the gorgeous grain.…


Added by Ted Crocker on August 1, 2010 at 6:30pm — 32 Comments

Building the Keith Urban Honey Dripper Guitar

Final photo

One more Honey Dripper about to be released into the wild! This baby will be tamed and ridden hard by Keith Urban!!!

I rough cut a nice slab of African Mahogany and marked for the neck pocket and pickup & control cavities.
Stay tuned!…

Added by Ted Crocker on July 30, 2010 at 3:30pm — 7 Comments

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