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How to Add Legs to a 2x4 Lap Steel Guitar

Turn your 2x4 Lap Steel Guitar into a console lap steel with this simple mod using three table legs!  The simple tripod setup gives a sturdy foundation at just the right height for you to sit and slide away!You'll need:a C. B. Gitty 2x4 Lap

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How Much Good Can One Cigar Box Guitar Do?

As it turns out, quite a bit - check out this guitar's amazing (and ongoing) story below.For a while now, I have been working on finding ways to help my homeless friend Connan down in New Orleans. A couple of weeks ago, I decided to auction this guit

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Build a Cigar Box Distortion Unit With This Easy Hack

Build a Cigar Box Distortion Unit With This Easy Hack

Last year, C. B. Gitty introduced the Psycho Knob internal distortion, an easy to install circuit that added fuzz effects inside your guitar.  Now Shane Speal shows you how to hack the kit to become a standalone unit that can be used on all your

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Gitty Rewards - Free Stuff With Purchase!

Buy stuff, get free stuff. It's as simple as that.We now have a Free Rewards program here at C. B. Gitty. You already buy your parts and gear here, and now you can get extra FREE stuff every time you do. Whether you're buying a few sets of tuners or

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VIDEO: Glenn Watt Plays a "Boxless" Cigar Box Guitar

Here's Glenn Watt playing a boxless cigar box guitar! That's right folks, all of that sound from just a lid! This is part of one of the A. J. Gaither Arkansas Tenor cigar box guitars we build and sell. A. J.'s design provides a self-support

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Cigar Box Guitar Fretboard News

We have created a new single listing for cigar box guitar fretboards, which allows you to choose the wood and style (blank, slotted, fully fretted) that you want to buy. This new combined listing replaces the separate listings we used to ha

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Shane Speal's "Vintage Advertising" Uke

The new Gittylele uke kit is like a blank canvas to me.  Not only is it a fun and easy kit to build, but all the bare wood on the surface just screams for custom artwork.I recently customized this uke by woodburning vintage advert

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Electric Ceramic Guitars Made by Students

Dear Gitty,I just thought I'd take a moment to thank you for your company's excellent service to me and my students as we explore making electric guitars using clay! Our middle school curriculum puts a lot of emphasis on sculpture and 3d art. I was l

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Cigar Box Guitar Design: The Autumn Rust Look

I've used this look on several cigar box guitars and they're always the fastest to sell: Start with a Flor de las Antillas cigar box [$7.49] The bridge cover is a Gitty Colonial box handle [$4.79/pair] that I painted with Rustoleum Dark B

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JUST REVEALED: Unreleased Gitty Uke Kit

Cameras were rolling at Gitty last Friday afternoon.  Jason had reached final inspection with the ukulele kit he engineered.  The kit will be completely produced in our New Hampshire shop and features a design that is highly customizable

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Bullethead's Psycho Knob Schoolroom Amp

This has got to be one of the most insane amp builds/hacks we've encountered.  Bullethead has taken an old school intercom speaker and loaded it with the Gitty amp kit, a preamp and even the Psycho Knob internal distortion unitGitty Parts:2.5W A

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Cigar Box Guitar Builder's Diary: The 7-20-4 (Part 2)

Hey folks! Nick again with the second part of my 7-20-4 build.Step 4: The BridgeThe bridge turned out to be a bit of a stalling point on the build. As I mentioned in the last article, I had settled on the 3-string Gold hard-tail bridge

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Cooking with Gitty: Mark Standiford's Comacho

On my last trip down to Arkansas I made it a point to stop in and see Bill Jagitsch (a.k.a. "Bluesboy Jag") and compare notes. We ended up trading boxes and I got a Comacho from him that I thought would be good for Cooking with Gitty.I made a coupl

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Add a Panel-mount Gain Pot to a C. B. Gitty Amp Board

In this short video, Ben "Gitty" Baker and Glenn Watt walk you through the process of adding a panel-mount gain pot to one of C. B. Gitty's 2.5-watt amp circuit boards. Pop off the onboard trim potAttach the leadsSolder them to a 10K l

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Cigar Box Guitar Builder's Diary: The 7-20-4 (Part 1)

Howdy folks! My name is Nick Lanciano, and I am one of the newer folks over here at C. B. Gitty. This is a build progress diary I wrote for the building of my second Cigar Box Guitar, a 3-String Electric Cigar Box Guitar using a 7-20-4 Cigar Box (one

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Cooking with Gitty: Disgraceland's Wild Creation

...from the wonderfully warped minds at Disgraceland Cigar Box Guitars.This is a BGCBMDH (Bubble Gum Cigar Box Mandolin Dulcimer Hybrid). It's tuned in G on a 19" scale, using 22-14-10 strings.  It sports a magnificent canary wood neck and

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Cooking with Gitty: Dennis' Cherry 3-String

Check out this beauty. This is my 8th build and by far the best one yet. It has a cherry neck, real frets, and a humbucker pickup. It looks and plays great. Huge thanks to Glenn (Watt) for helping with my questions.Here are the CBGitty Parts I us

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Cooking with Gitty - Steve Larson's three stringer

Steve Larson built as a gift for a friend’s teenage son who will be having open heart surgery later this month.He is a baseball player – the # 19 on the fret board is his jersey #.His name is stamped onto an Army dog tag and used as a name plate to p

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Build a Cigar Box Tambourine!

A couple of weeks ago, Ben Gitty got creative out in the shop and built himself a tambourine out of a wide, flat cigar box. He wrote up a builder's diary/how-to guide of how he did it, and now it is available in the knowledgebase over at CigarBo

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Walk-through Tour of the C. B. Gitty Workshop

Originally a live Facebook broadcast on May 18. 2016, this video shows you a "behind the scenes" look at the C. B. Gitty workshop in Rochester, New Hampshire. See the tools and workbenches, get a sneak peak at soon-to-be-released products, and meet t

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The Frankenstein Timeclock Acoustic Guitar

Ever since we started live broadcasting here at C. B. Gitty, it's been a total Renaissance of ideas and new instruments.  Just today, Ben completed the beautiful Frankenstein Timeclock acoustic guitar.  It uses an actual clock face that was

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Electro-Diddley with a "Gitty 441 Pickup"

Here's a great letter we just received from Roger Ring.  He took our 4-Pole Pre-wired Pickup and used it in his latest diddley bow one-string instrument!Dear Gitty,Somebody probably has done this before, but I hadn't seen it. I call it the Gitt

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Cooking with Gitty: Harry Bodmer's "Jack Daniel's Tin"

We just got this great submission for Cooking with Gitty from Harry Bodmer.  We can only imagine how awesome this axe sounds. Here's his ingredients:I made this 4 string tenor guitar using a 1904 World's Fair Jack Daniels replica tin. I used the

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Schoolkids Complete Diddley Bow Kits, Get First Lesson

We just got this great video from Dana Weigel featuring the kids from Connect Church STL.  They took advantage of C. B. Gitty's Cigar Box Guitars in the Classroom program to purchase our diddley bow kits at a discount for the church group. 

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Showcase: Mark Seidl's Cigar Box Guitar

Dear C. B. Gitty,I thought you might appreciate seeing this guitar that I made using parts acquired from your online website.ThanksMark S.We got this email a few weeks ago and the photos floored us!  Mark has taken a wide assortment of C. B. Git

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The Next Phase of C. B. Gitty's Growth and Expansion

Big changes are always scary. When we moved the business into its current home, it felt like a blind leap. The costs, the work to get moved, the thought that we were biting off too much, that we would never need this much space, was almost overw

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What's So Special About Old Coins?

Why old coins make amazing decorative additions to cigar box guitars and other homemade instruments. (Please note: while this is written specific to United States coins, the same concepts apply to the coinage of most countries that mint, or have

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Will My C. B. Gitty Cigar Box Guitar Neck Warp?

We recently received this letter from Bob in North Carolina regarding our Front Porch Picker cigar box guitar.  We thought it would be a great opportunity to share with everybody, especially since we are so proud of the instruments created in th

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Stairway to Heaven on a 3-string Cigar Box Guitar

We're totally gonna steal these licks!  Historian, author and all around Renaissance man, Charles Atchison just posted this video giving an overview of the main parts of Stairway to Heaven.  (Which means he took an 8 minute song and condens

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Cool Mods for C. B. Gitty Cigar Box Amps!

by Shane SpealI'm an electronics idiot. There, I said it! I suck when it comes to soldering and breadboards and all that crap. I couldn't wire my way out of a paper bag, if the truth be told....But then C. B. Gitty came out with a pre-wired cigar

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The Vision Behind the "Gravedigger" Shovel Guitar

Climbing over and sorting through mountains of goods, long since discarded and forgotten, she pauses to consider the life of each item that catches her eye. She imagines the past each has had, but more importantly, the future that could be. H

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Gitty gives a Diddley Bow Lesson at Summer NAMM

While at the Summer NAMM trade show down in Nashville, I got to meet Joanna Pearl, a rising star on the LA music scene (check out her site here). She wanted a lesson on the diddley bow and suggested a novel approach - she'd operate the pick and I'd o

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