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Building the Black Lightning Guitar

Figured African Makore...


Added by Ted Crocker on July 3, 2010 at 4:30am — 25 Comments

Backpacker 6 string

Making a steamed/split A-frame backpacker guitar. 6 strings, nylon/tied on, red oak neck/frame, spruce… Continue

Added by JoJo on May 27, 2010 at 11:30pm — 20 Comments

Building the Hot Rod Guitar

EDIT:  here's the final.  Scroll down to see it built step by step



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A new client build. Here's a photoshopped idea for a general shape. I'm going for a hot rod, chevy tail fin vibe. The wood in this idea shot is 2 pieces of African Black Walnut with a racing…


Added by Ted Crocker on May 22, 2010 at 7:30pm — 77 Comments

Send In the Stars

Well I just wanted to share the latest tune from my absolute FAVORITE artist. (Alright so he's my son, Aaron . . . and I might be a LITTLE biased, but I really think the guy is an unknown and unappreciated genius.)

A more beautiful and serene soul you will never meet. I kind of think of him as a modern day Woody Guthrie.

He's always cobbling together makeshift stuff for playing and recording. Apparently this tune uses some cellphone feedback, among other things. Please enjoy… Continue

Added by Knotlenny on May 16, 2010 at 12:44am — 3 Comments

Building the La Flor CBG

A new build started today. The client supplied the box and the vintage trem & bridge.

Stay tuned...…


Added by Ted Crocker on May 15, 2010 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

A-frame pattern


Added by JoJo on March 21, 2010 at 10:54pm — 1 Comment

dire straits on a three string

Just been wondering if anyone out there knows a way of playing dire straits on the three string ime not music note wise minded i just mess till i like the sound but it seems to me that this would be possible with great effect and would bring a great deal of admaration from peaple out side of the cigar box world.
Ime not shure but itseems that ther is a fair amount of guitarickary in wot knophler does lots of slides hammers and pulloffs just wondering whao other peaple think am i right or…

Added by crissy b on March 6, 2010 at 9:59am — 5 Comments

The Mississippi Stinger Harp Mic for Blind Mississippi Morris

Mississippi Stinger…

Added by Ted Crocker on February 23, 2010 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

Desert Ironwood olenya tesota

Anyone that can use some Ironwood for their projects give me a yell!

Added by Joe Suckley on February 18, 2010 at 1:36pm — 1 Comment

Building the Honey Dripper Movie Guitar

Final photo
'Honey Dripper #3'…

Added by Ted Crocker on February 18, 2010 at 12:00pm — 6 Comments

The Ravenscrag Ukulele

Click on the image and ZOOM.

This is a Bruko Archback Ukulele No.4, a fine uke made by a family-owned company in Germany, which i have customized to depict the voyage of the Ravenscrag.

The SS Ravenscrag was a British barque, historically most famous for bringing… Continue

Added by Shelley on February 12, 2010 at 6:41pm — 2 Comments

i've got my FACEBOOK now....

you're all welcome on my new Facebook .....


Added by TINQUI8 on February 11, 2010 at 5:31am — No Comments

Building the Jagged Edge CBG

Edit:  Here's the finished instrument:





A new client build and I'll share the progress with everyone here.

Edge box
Osage Orange fingerboard
Spalted Maple neck
More details soon, I haven't figured it out yet. Insane…

Added by Ted Crocker on February 8, 2010 at 8:00pm — 30 Comments

Recent Blog about me from a local musician/writer


This blog is written by a local teacher/writer/musician named Amanda Rigell. Check out Amanda and her husband, Allen. www.countthispenny.com
Their music is amazing.

Added by Travis "SlackJack" Woodall on February 3, 2010 at 9:11pm — No Comments

Cigarbox Ukulele Number 1

Here it is. My first Cigarbox Ukulele...And ain't it sweet! In building it i had a rule: I wouldn't buy anything new to make it. Everything had to be found, given or second hand. The 'Romeo y Julieta' Cigarbox was given to me by… Continue

Added by Shelley on January 28, 2010 at 5:48am — 2 Comments

Building a Six Banger

Final photo

A new client build. Thought y'all might want to follow along.

This is my Six Banger design although maybe this should be called Four Banger as it will have 4 strings. it's based on the body style of my Six Banger model guitar. The body…


Added by Ted Crocker on January 26, 2010 at 1:30pm — 18 Comments

building art guitars---- story no.2---part 2

this is the continuation of story no.2,starting with specs of instrument no.1 fiddle/violin.------ handmade in abbeville louisiana----summer/autum 1992 by brian romero---- 1 piece top aged pine(probably 75 years old considering info collected) made from a cabinet shelf,retrieved with permission from an old abandoned house in meaux louisiana.2piece bookmatched back made out of honduras mahogany(probably over 100 years old based on info collected) made from an antique desk also retrieved with… Continue

Added by bairfoot cajun on January 20, 2010 at 2:54am — 2 Comments

Rumba Stick

I finished my long-threatened swiss-army kalimba today. The Rumba Stick (see the album for details on the pictures) is a rake-tine kalimba mounted on the top of a previously-rejected Carlos Toraño Ovation box. I rejected the box because the "pretty" finish turned out to be some icky plastic coating, with even the bottom covered in nasty faux velvet (what were they thinking?)

Later I started the… Continue

Added by Tres Seaver on January 17, 2010 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

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