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.

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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 -



New Workshop - the North East

Another new workshop, into new uncharted territory for me...the NorthEast.

New Van Gent machineheads in stock

Just in from The Netherlands, VAN GENT machineheads. I've got these in 3 + 3, 2 + 2, and 2 + 1 sets, all supplied with heavy duty nickel plated bushings and fixing screws. They are simple, but robust and nicely made - a definite step-up in quality if you are used to buying cheap (and often not so cheerful) Chinese tuners. I've also got  the VAN GENT deluxe machineheads available in 3 + 3 sets. These are top notch quality sealed-back tuners, beautifully made at a very affordable price - Schaller quality at almost half the price - what's not to like?! VERY LIMITED AVAILABILITY And a nice finishing touch for your guitar, VAN GENT vintage-style nickel plated strap buttons - nice and chunky and complete with old school slot headed fixing screws. 

Wherever possible I'm using UK, European & USA manufacturers and sources for my parts and materials...moving away from sweat-shop produced components form far-off lands, and using more responsibly made and sourced supplies. These days you'll see the timbers I'm using are European and North American - cherry, walnut, maple, oak, polar, beech rosewood, no ebony, and not much mahogany or sapele.

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.

New Products just in.

I'm pleased to announce that I am now stocking Bill Lawrence USA pickups. I've been using the A-300 and FT-145 magnetic pickups on my Stella acoustic guitars for years, and helps me get that old-time Lightnin' Hopkins & Elmore James tone. These are simple and effective pickups, a classic design that's just right for the job. Another plus point with these pickups is that they are compact, and will fit into the smaller soundholes of these old USA Harmony & Oscar Schmidt guitars. These are direct from California, so remember folks, when you buy from me there's no worries about expensive overseas shipping and the dreaded VAT, duty and handling charges that you'll be faced if buying from the USA - I've dealt with all that so it's easier, quicker and cheaper for you.