September 17, 2017
In this episode I talk about my favorite builders and companies. I try to give examples of what I like about their businesses and instruments. All of these builders and companies have developed over time due to hard work and determination. Hope you enjoy.
September 10, 2017
Thanks for being a patron of the show. Enjoy this extra information about fretting from Pat Procter.
September 10, 2017
This week I chat with Pat Procter about his amazing parquetry CBGs. Big thanks to Pat for being patient with me as I was having some tech difficulties. He was very giving and a great example of a do-it-yourself builder who started with minimal skills and developed his art to the amazing level it is at now.
After we finished the sign off we had a further discussion about a previous episode where I was talking about fretting issues. He was happy to share his ideas for the patron only content. You can sign up to support the show here through podbean and become a patron.
Thanks for listening
September 3, 2017
In this episode I am joined by regular contributor, Mark Wilmot from MRWS instrument supplies. We discuss new builds and problems that new and experienced builders can face when making frettless and fretted instruments. Hope you enjoy this week's episode and thank you for listening.
August 26, 2017
Hi all and thanks for listening. This week's episode has been made because of the question I asked on the FB group. Fretting is a skill that I am constantly working on - constantly. I don't have the best tools but I have invested a small amount of money on a couple of tools that have worked wonders. I am not an expert by any means and I hope I don't come across as one on this podcast. The reason I made this podcast in the first place was to share what I know and my experiences. Recently I have seen a number of CBGs in stores around Sydney and although I really liked the style and vibe of them I was disapointed at the quality of the fretwork.
If we are selling our wares to a buying public we have to represent ourselves and the industry by producing a quality product that is comfortable and safe to play. Thoughts?
August 20, 2017
This week I speak with Ben Baker, the man behind C.B.Gitty. We talk about how he discovered cigar box guitars and how he started his business. We also discuss different styles of building, whether piezo pickups are better than magnetic pickups and the use of social media. My thanks to Ben for fitting us in during his very bust schedule.
I can't believe this is episode 30!! My thanks to all you wonderful people who have been listening.
August 13, 2017
This week we hear from the inspirational Pip Cowan who just returned from a trip of a lifetime to the place that gave birth to the blues. What makes Philip's trip so amazing is that he self-funded the experience through busking and gaining the support of the wonderful Shayne Soall among so many others. Pip is a diddly bow player who turned to this one string instrument after a motorcycle accident made it impossible to play standard 6 string guitar. Pip is planning to release the video footage of his trip as a documentary but there is still a way to go.
Enjoy Pip's story and Thanks.
August 6, 2017
Mark contacted me this week to let me know that we now have two podcasts that are about cigar box guitars!! What wonderful news for all of us, as now I get to listen to someone else talking about these amazing instruments. Marks show is called, COME AND MAKE IT DIGITAL RODEO and he has about 11 episodes at this point. It's really easy to find on iTunes. Mark wanted to interview me for his show which blew me away. I'm very humbled. What a great guy! We decided to put it up as a joint podcast, so here it is. Enjoy:)
This last month has seen the passing of a number of great instrument builders including a highly respected members of the CBG comunity. My condolences to all their family, friends and colegues.
July 30, 2017
Oh wow this episode was fun to do! Bill is such a great interview. Funny, informative and very easy going. I apologise for the poor reception which popped up every now and then, mostly affecting Mark Wilmot's line. Stick aroiund for the last few minutes as Bill remembers a very important instrument from his collection.
Both of Bill's books; One Man's Trash and Cigar Box Ukulele, are available from cigarboxguitar.org
Mark Wilmot can be found at https://www.facebook.com/MrWsHandmadeInstruments/
...and you can find me at https://www.facebook.com/BirdwoodCBG/?fref=ts
Thanks to all
July 23, 2017
In this fun packed (and dogless) episode, Mark and I discuss first builds, why I dislike like MetaL songs that dont have blazing guitar solos, how to build laminated necks and compare different humbucking pickups. Mark will be uploading his beautiful build to the podcast group so you can see what we were talking about. Remember that our ideas are just that, our ideas. Our ways of building aren't the only ways to do things and we rely on your input so please comment here on Podbean, itunes or on the Facebook group.
Have fun building.