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Created by Paul Thorley Mar 20, 2015 at 8:15am. Last updated by Paul Thorley Mar 20.





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Hi CBG enthusiasts

Hi Paul, Fleur and other CBG enthusiasts. I fell for this unique sounding guitar some 6 yrs ago when I heard Paul & Fleur playing at Eumundi Markets. I eagerly bought one of Paul's well crafted 3 string guitars and have been learning tp play it on and off since.
It is a nice feeling to be accepted into the group... And I look forward to enjoying this site and developing my CBG skills as time goes bye.
Gazza M.

Posted by Gary J Miller on March 4, 2015 at 8:20pm

2nd Annual Recycled Roots Festival. Easter Saturday 2015

After the success of last years Recycled Roots Festival we are doing it again. Room for builders stalls and displays, two stages of some of Australia's best blues, roots and rock acts featuring homebuilt instruments.  For more info or to take part email  Great lineup of acts including Bill Barber, Jarrod Shaw, Billyroy and Hound dawg, Kim Volkman, Stringybark McDowell, Stackhouse and more to be announced shortly. Goldmines Hotel Bendigo, April 4, 2015.

Posted by Peter Murphy on December 26, 2014 at 6:35pm

New Build

Hi everyone my name is Greg Tanner, I have just built 2 cigar box guitars and a diddley bow for a assignment for Uni, as soon as I get some photos I will post them.



Posted by gregory Tanner on September 24, 2014 at 5:18pm

Yackandandah Festival

On Nov29th we are hosting a cigar box and home made instrument fair if you,d like a stall send us a msg..Sat night we have 8 Ball Aitken back in the country on his trusty 3 string and Fiona Boyes featuring her new 4 string number plate as well as her trusty 6 string cigar box

Posted by Shayne Soall on September 1, 2014 at 1:37pm

Euroa Show and Shine

Sunday 6th Oct Euroa Show and Shine. Hundreds of classic cars, live music, market and entertainment. Euroa comes alive in the park. I will be there with a site in the market area, Kirkland Ave, call in and play a cigar box guitar!

Weather forecast looks good, fine 23, this is a really great event, not to be missed!      cheers Rodney

Posted by Rodney Horsfall on September 30, 2013 at 10:04am

Tab Software

Does anyone know of any tab software for 3 string instruments such as CBG's or stick dulcimers. I have Guitar Pro but I don't find it all that suitable. Cheers.

Posted by Ross Stephenson on July 24, 2013 at 11:53pm — 3 Comments


3 string CBG fret spaces. 1 Reply

Hi there, I am about mark frets on my 3 string CBG (usinga s sharpie).  My fret board is 450mm.  I used an online tool to show me the spacings if I was to use normal guitar fretting.  Before I do…Continue

Started by stuart burris. Last reply by Daryl Brenton Apr 9, 2014.

Resonators 3 Replies

I was just thinking of my next project and was looking at a couple of old brass cymbols in the shed. I could cut them down and maybe use one as a resonator somehow...........and thoughts?MicklContinue

Started by Mick Loomes. Last reply by Mick Loomes Mar 31, 2014.


Hi all, Just wondering where to source 3pack cbg strings from rather than using whole acoustic sets etc. Apart from CB Gitty is there anywhere else or maybe even locally in OZ that we can get them…Continue

Started by Ray Dimmack Mar 27, 2014.

Slides 2 Replies

About slides. What do you use? i have seen an awful lot of different types of slides being used. Bottle necks, large calibre machine gun cartridge, bits of pipe and tubing of various metals. Tapered,…Continue

Tags: brass, slides, Bottlenck

Started by Keith Nicholson. Last reply by Keith Nicholson Mar 26, 2014.



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2015 Recycled Roots Festival

"Hi Peter, a great day of performances and seeing some interesting builds to keep me inspired.  Thanks and well done.  I hope you still have the energy for 2016!  Cheers Russell"
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"A recent rescue: Smashed acoustic converted to Resonator usinfg genuine Dobro cone. Note the redgum bridge with fret to prevent Buzzing."
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"Dirty Old Town" on 3 string cigarbox guitar

"Launceston is a lovely old town. I remember it fondly. I studied architecture at the university in that lovely old town... And recognise some of the buildings in the slide show. Thanks for the fond memories mate."
Mar 31
gary martin commented on gary martin's video

Boss rc1loop pedal with cigarbox guitar

"Good on you Gary That's great! I saw a busker playing one and I too went straight out and got one, bit like cbgs that way ....a must have! Ps I am a musical enthusiast as well !!...musicians have songs and gigs and set lists and stuff...I just…"
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4string Phil "Devil In Her Eyes" on cigar box guitar

"I would like to hear La Grange... It is one of my alltime favourites."
Mar 30
gary martin commented on gary martin's video

4string Phil "Devil In Her Eyes" on cigar box guitar

"Yeah well spotted Gary! He does do a version of "La Grange" as well."
Mar 30
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First of many

"Very tidy unit... Good work mate!"
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Traditional construction

Building CBG's and similar instruments in a more traditional way and using traditional materials.See More
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4string Phil "Devil In Her Eyes" on cigar box guitar

4String Phil live @ Deloraine Stringfest 2015
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Graeme L commented on Michael's photo

First of many

"Looks pretty good Michael!  I've got a few of those Monte Cristo boxes, they make good CBG's"
Mar 25
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"And going to begin working on the amp. I have all the electronics, just looking out for a suitable box."
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First of many

After an effort and a lot of assistance from fellow contributer Mick Kay, I have completed and currently enjoying my fist effort.
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