Welcome to C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply, your resource for affordable guitar frets/guitar fret wire, bass frets/bass fret wire, stainless steel fret wire, gold fret wire, fretting guides/fretting books, guitar tuners, decorative hardware, guitar electronics and more – an ever-expanding range of products geared towards stringed instrument building and repair. Our range of fret wire styles and sizes is good for guitars of all sizes and types, banjos, mandolins, dulcimers, cigar box guitars, and other more exotic stringed instruments too!
We strive to offer high-quality products at very competitive prices while at the same time providing exceptional customer service. We have served hundreds of very satisfied customers over the past year, and we hope to do the same for you.
If you have been looking for a great Cigar Box Guitar holiday album, you can’t do much better than the newly released “Roots Christmas” CD from Justin Johnson, the “Wizard of the Cigar Box Guitar.” Available for digital download or on CD, this album has 10 tracks of the best-know and well-loved Christmas favorites, all performed on Cigar Box Guitars.
Here are the tracks on the album:
1. Feliz Navidad
2. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
3. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
4. Blue Christmas
5. Here Comes Santa Claus
6. Silver Bells
7. White Christmas
8. O Holy Night
9. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
10. Silent Night
This article describes the various add-on options that are available for purchase with our Basic Cigar Box Guitar Kit, Product #36-001-01. Each of these add-on items are available separately through our store, but when purchased with the kit we give you a price break on them. For full descriptions of each item, please refer to the separate product listing via the links below.
Mitch is an avid cigar box guitar builder and was able to present the band with a couple of his best creations. He tells us the guys were really interested in the whole concept of CBGs, and it does seem like they could definitely incorporate them into their sound.
So keep an eye out for a cigar box guitar or two popping up in Mumford & Sons music videos or stage shows!
Good job for making this happen Mitch!
In this article, CBG craftsman Glenn Watt walks us through how he installs one of our Basic Pre-Wired Piezo Harnesses (Product #50-014-01).
So you want to hear that new gitty you’re building through your amplifier that’s been sitting unused behind the holiday decorations in the basement? Do you want to make certain that you can crank that little bad rabbit when everyone leaves and you’re left to your own devices in a quiet home? Or maybe you’re looking to level-up and retro-fit a pickup into a guitar you already have that’s been sorely needing a little volume. In the Pre-Wired Piezo and Jack Harness from C.B. Gitty you have the simplest way to electrify your instrument with the most basic of installation requirements.
For any musician, the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease often means the slow and heartbreaking farewell to something that defines them. When 39-year-old actor, comedian and musician Brad Carter received the news from his doctor that his recent tremors were the early stages of Parkinson’s, it was devastating. After a period of failed attempts to control it with pharmaceuticals Carter decided to accept the doctor’s option of brain surgery to help counteract the effects of the progressive neurological disorder. While now a fairly common procedure, with Carter being the 500th to undergo it at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, what makes this story unique is his willingness to record and post the event on-line and in social media. What makes it interesting to us here at C. B. Gitty is the fact that Brad stayed awake during the surgery… playing a Cigar Box Guitar.
Known amongst the medical-types as “deep brain stimulation” operation the operating team documented the surgery using Vine (a six-second video capturing service), Instagram and Twitter. Dr. Nader Pouratian, director of the Neurosurgical Movement Disorders Program at UCLA and the surgeon conducting the operation said to The Huffington Post “Not everyone gets to experience a surgery, and more specifically an awake brain surgery. I thought it was a great opportunity to share with the world”
Carter, of course, consented to the recording.
UCLA brain surgeons typically keep their patients awake in order have the patient undergo some sort of activity. This allows the surgeon to properly place the electrodes in the brain.
Carter was losing his ability to play as his disease progressed and asked if he could play the guitar. He was told he could, making for a musical/medical first.
Pouratian said one of the reasons the surgery is so conducive to live tweeting is largely because surgeons need to update conscious patients on the surgery’s progress. And Pouratian would also like to reduce the anxiety would-be patients have on such operations.
Carter, who has appeared on “The Mentalist” and “Dexter” and in numerous commercials, experienced a dramatic improvement after the surgery and is looking forward to recording and sharing his love of music with the world. Bravo Brad!
Written by Stanton Barker for C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply
At C. B. Gitty we are all crafters of one ilk or another. We all look at things in a different way. While most people might see something and label it trash, we tend to see treasure. NO… we don’t go dumpster diving… at least not much. What we DO see are things that can be re-purposed into attractive and functional art, instruments, amps or home decor like our new Cigar Box Clocks.
The fact is, there is a story behind the subtle imperfections of a ripped label or small ding. Who bought the cigars that were in this box? Was the box or cigars a gift for a cigar lover at Christmas or were the cigars handed out by an excited man outside a hospital repeating “IT’S A BOY! IT’S A BOY!!!”? Where the cigars removed from the box and stored in a custom humidor atop the desk of an important company president or was the box stashed away in a closet so “the wife” would not find them? The point is… every C. B. Gitty Cigar Box Guitar has a story behind it. Does the story behind your next C. B. Gitty instrument have to be true? Well… that’s up to you but you can be certain that your C. B. Gitty Guitar, bass, mandolin or ukulele will speak for itself from the very first song you play on it.
When it comes to acoustic pickups for instruments, it comes down to either piezoelectric transducers (piezos), which we will be briefly discussing here, or microphones. While there are a number of varieties of piezos used throughout industry, two basic styles tend to be used in instruments: disks and rods. While the basic technology in them is the same, the resulting sound you get from them can be very different, with many variables coming into play – mounting location and method usually being foremost. At C. B. Gitty we get a LOT of questions from new builders about piezos, here is a little refresher.
A disk piezo is very sensitive to vibrations Read the rest of this entry »
A new, previously unknown photo of Blues legend Robert Johnson has recently been authenticated, joining only two other photos of the iconic and mysterious musician. The photo shows a young Johnson along with fellow early blues man Johnny Shines. As you can see from the comments on the Guardian article linked below, folks are already claiming it to be a fake… but then again there are a lot of people who still believe the moon landing was faked… what can you do.
Check out the full article here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2013/feb/03/robert-johnson-photograph-identified
C. B. Gitty’s Note – This interesting article was researched and written by our own Stan Barker. I certainly had never heard of Paul Tutmarc before reading this. It is an interesting glimpse into the early days of electrical development. If you look into the history of some of our most common electrical inventions – the light bulb, radio, telephone,etc – there are usually more than one person who claimed originality, with one or the other (Edison, Marconi, Graham Bell) coming out on top to be associated with the invention. Such is the way of innovation…
When most people think about who made the first “electric guitar” the name that usually comes to mind is Les Paul. In fact it was not Les Paul but another Paul who was the pioneer that first put a hand-made magnetic pickup in a guitar and then to an amplifier fancied out of a modified Atwater-Kent brand radio. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Mr. Paul Tutmarc.
Around the turn of the 20th century guitars and the upright bass were begging to be heard above the noise of a string or horn section. Their ability to play in large numbers for volume made it impossible for the bassist or solo guitar player to stand out. Microphones were fairly new and experimentation with the simple principles of microphones started to find their way into instruments. One of these tinkerers was a man named Paul H. Tutmarc. Read the rest of this entry »
Before the days of mass production and power tools, virtually all musical instruments were made by hand, one at a time by skilled (or not-so-skilled) craftsmen. Even unskilled people with a passion to create something musical from assorted materials they’d find available from various resources would and did create some wonderful instruments. Armed with little more than desire they’d scour their neighborhood for scraps of discarded wood, jugs, sea shells, wash tubs and wash boards, packing boxes and tree branches hollowed out by termites. It was their imagination that fueled their inventions, not anything so high-brow as logic or reason. Just that mother of invention – curiosity.
Just recently the remains of what is believed to be one of the earliest stringed instruments was found inside a cave in Scotland. While the existence of stringed instruments is indicated in writing, drawings and carvings, the actual artifacts rarely survive decay. Carbon dated at approximately 2300 years old, this burnt and broken piece of wood appears to be a bridge with notches cut in it for the strings. This is truly a rare find and believed to be the bridge for a “Lyre” – an instrument used in celebrations, rituals, poetry readings and I’m sure a fair number of good old-fashioned Roman “adult parties”. Think of it as mood music without the funky bass track. Read the rest of this entry »