I don't do normal guitars...but what I do is always unique and with my own personal slant on things...why not take a look around?  I make cigar box guitars (and lots of other types of stringed instruments too), play them, teach people how to build their own guitars...and how to play them too.

They call me "The Godfather of the cigar box guitar"...

If you are looking to buy a cigar box guitar, please note that due to recent exceptional demand in continental Europe and the UK, my stock level is very low. I am working on more guitars right now and my focus is on getting my custom orders completed. If you do want a Chickenbone John guitar, please drop me an email, I can advise you on when  I expect to have more stock for sale, or you can place an order for a custom instrument.  I'm always happy to discuss  individual requirements and ideas for new guitars.

New Teeshirts and Hoodies on the way.

Here's a preview of the new range of teeshirts and hoodies...getting all medieval on you with our new in-house design. Large format print on the front of the tees, with a smaller backpatch logo. Zipped hoodies come with the large print on the back and a small logo on the left front. Usual Chickenbone quality thanks to those splendid people at MissionPrint.

This is a limited first run, so to be sure of getting one, pre-order NOW! Simply drop me an email or message on Facebook stating which garment and size you'd like. Once orders have been placed I'll be back in touch to collect payment and arrange delivery - NOTE pre-orders close 20th October. Please note: post and pack prices shown are for mainland UK - we send worldwide, so get in touch for an overseas shipping quote. Available only in Black.

New Planet Waves straps in stock

The other week I nearly had a nasty accident at a gig with one of my best guitars. The end of the guitar strap tore, and my guitar, a lovely 1950s semi-acoustic Kay nearly plunged headstock-first towards the floor - fortunately my reactions were quick enough for me to grasp the neck and bluff my way through the remainder of the number whilst holding onto the guitar. I decided that is was stupid to risk a 4-figure guitar on a cheap Chinese guitar strap, so I looked round and decided to stock a range of some top-notch Planet Waves straps from d'Addario.

I'm offering a selection, from simple plain woven straps, to top-line designer graphic straps and traditional leather. Check them out here in my online shop

They are quality straps, made in Canada...plenty of long enough, robust real leather end pieces, strong adjusting buckles and high quality fabrics and leather...and they look pretty cool too.

Double Three guitar

Here's the latest guitar off the bench...a guitar with three double courses of strings. It's the first time I've made one like this, and I'm pretty impressed with the sound. It's strung with octave pairs, like a 12 string, so gives a great jangly full sound...I'll be making another!


New guitars...

Back from a great Muddy Roots Europe festival, just getting over Upton on Severn Blues here's one from a batch of new guitars fresh out of my workshop and  ready to go.  I love these little Oliva boxes..they allow me to build a full 2-octave neck and they sound great acoustically.

Find them on sale here..



Workshop & gig at Hayfest, Derbyshire

I'm very pleased to been asked to play at this event...Andy Fairweather Low is headlining on the Friday night (sorry about the name drop!). On Saturday I'll be playing, and also running one of my "Make and Play" workshops. In conjunction with Hayfest, I'm offering a special day ticket and workshop combo deal for only £50 (normal workshop price £40 plus day ticket £20 ...SAVE £20!!)

Combo deal tickets available on my online shop:


Another custom build ready to go out..long scale dulcistrummer..I love the chiming tone from these lightly strung guitars with the double course top string. Laminated cherry and maple neck with black walnut fretboard and lovely supersmooth Van Gent deluxe tuners.

New Shop

The updating of my online shop has been long overdue.  I'm no computer expert, and I'm happiest strumming a guitar and cutting lumps off a piece of wood until it looks like a guitar, but I've made an effort and I hope you'll find things a bit better with the new shop set-up. There's some new guitars, new parts, components and a completely new pricing system for shipping which should tackle the issue of getting prices for overseas orders.

Check it out here -



All packed and ready to go...

It's just a little bit busy at the ChickenHaus..this week's orders packed and ready to go if you've bought a guitar, kit, parts, books, shirts they are. I have to do well as making all this stuff, I have to "pick 'n' pack" all the items, but they are all ready and will be going out shortly...and later today collecting another batch of Diamond bottlenecks, looking at a venue for this year's Boxstock, and dropping in to see Trevor Steger of Babajack.

Two New Guitars

Just completed for handing over at this Saturday's workshop in Bristol. An Arturo Fuente with mini-humbucker and one piece neck, and a rather more full-on reso, with a three piece laminated neck, Baltic birch body, stained black and finished in gunstock oil, "Continental" reso cone and minihumbucker...I must make one for myself one of these days, but I've got lots more custom orders to get out of the way before then.

First guitar of the year just finished

Just got this finished, at long last! I'm steadily working through through my backlogged order book, so if you are waiting for a guitar or a uke...I'm on the case.