Had to sell the bike.

06.20.2010 | 9:11 am | Goldwing

Times got really tough, I got laid off and was unable to find work for over a year. So, the Gold Wing had to go.

I continue to work on my CBGs, but won’t have any money for another motorcycle any time soon, so my posting will be a tad limited.

How to build a cigar box guitar

02.16.2010 | 10:16 am | Uncategorized

How to build a cigar box guitar

Free Plans at www.cigarboxnation.com.


Still more guitars…

02.13.2010 | 8:22 am | Uncategorized

I have been making more guitars, and have ended up selling some of them before they were even finished!

I set up a web site for selling them. Visit the site at:

Humidor Guitars

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Some CBG music videos

01.3.2010 | 1:50 pm | Uncategorized

Seasick Steve plays a conventional 6 string guitar with three of the strings removed. Here is a clip of him playing Doghouse Blues on the Jools Holland show.

Seasick Steve

Ben Prestage plays a two neck, three string LoweBow. Here is a clip of him playing in Deland Florida in 2007.

Ben Prestage

Some more Cigar Box Guitars

12.31.2009 | 11:32 am | Cigar Box Guitars

I have been busy in the shop making some more CBGs. I sold a few for Christmas, so I didn’t really have time to photograph them.  But, here are a few of them.

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Beds Done!

09.5.2009 | 7:13 pm | General

All finished! The kids love ‘em.

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Building some bunk beds

07.13.2009 | 10:10 am | 1981 CB650, Bathroom Renovation, General, Goldwing, Led Zeppelin, Project bike

Our two grandsons are coming to stay with us for a while, so we thought we should get some bunk beds for them. After shopping around, we decided it would be easier and cheaper to make some. We found some plans online at:

Bunkbeds Unlimited

This is a bunk bed with a pull out trundle bed underneath.  Bunk Beds Unlimited offered a hardware package for sale, and it was cheaper and more convenient to just buy the hardware pack, so we ordered it along with the plans. That done, it was off to Home Depot for the lumber.

We needed about a dozen 2×6′s, some 2×2′s, and a few 2×4′s, so we picked through the pile, trying to find the straightest ones that were in the best shape. We took them home and got to work cutting them to size.

Once we got the basic frame pieces cut, I fired up the router and used a 1/2 inch rounding bit to round off the edges. The end pieces and a couple of the rails are done and ready to be stained.

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We need to make another Home Depot run to buy the stain so we can match it to the dresser in the kid’s bedroom.

More to follow…

Discounts available for BikeMP3.Com Customers

04.25.2009 | 6:19 pm | Goldwing

I have been advised that a shipment of the MP3 players for the Goldwings has arrived and they are ready to be shipped.

The introductory pricing has been extended for another month. So, till the end of May, you can get the MP3 player for only $129.99, including shipping!

If you order one of either the MP3 players or the iPod interface, and you mention that you saw it on IggyTheBiker.Com, you will receive $5.00 off your order. Contact them by email first, (sales@bikemp3.com) and they will send you a discount code to use with your order.

Get ‘em while they’re hot!!!

I built a Cigar Box Guitar

04.22.2009 | 6:44 pm | General

I built a guitar from a cigar box and some spare wood and parts. Here is what it ended up looking like:

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Cigar Box Guitars

04.21.2009 | 10:06 am | General

The Blues is considered by most musicians to be the only truly American form of music. It traces it’s roots back over a hundred years ago to the slaves, working in the fields. They could not afford a factory built guitar, so they improvised with anything they could find. An old cigar box, a long piece of wood, and some string and they had an instrument.

Early blues artists like Lightning Hopkins and Muddy Waters started out using cigar box guitars, or CBG’s. CBG’s have a wonderful, swampy, bayou kind of sound that modern instruments just can’t duplicate.

There has been a resurgence of CBG builders and players, and there are several web sites dedicated to the building and playing of these truly American instruments. You can also find quite a few videos on YouTube. Check it out if you have time.

Shane Speal

Making a CBG

Cigar Box Nation

These are some CBGs made by members of CigarBoxNation.Com

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