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  • PRICE INCREASE!!!

    IMPORTANT NEWSBusiness at Chickenbone Guitars has been steadily growing, and as a result, we’ve had to register for VAT. This means that from 1st April our prices will be going up, but we will try our best to keep the price increases to a minimum. We will be phasing this in over the next few weeks as we review and revise our prices. Any orders placed before 1st April will of course be charged at our current prices.

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  • State of the Nation

    I've been at this cigar box guitar thing quite a long time now, over ten years, and it's interesting to see what's happened over the years; who's come and gone, who's flavour of the month and so on. That's only just observing what is happening on the internet, which is quite a different thing from what is happening in the real world, and the internet can do strange things to people's perception and behaviour, that's why I tend to stay away from a lot of discussions, especially when it turns to matters of opinion rather than technical matters relating to...

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  • Boxstock 2017, the return of the UK Cigar Box Guitar Festival

    After a break of over 3 years, I decided to revive Boxstock, the UK Cigar Box Guitar Festival. I must admit to a degree of trepidation, as I wasn't sure if there was still a demand for the event, and I had to face the prospect of filling a proper professional music venue, and trying not to loose money. As it turned out, my worries were ill-founded, and we had a great day.  The venue was The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton, and the line-up included some old favorites, new blood and international guests. During the daytime I ran one of...

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  • New parts...made in the UK!!!

    We've just had some new stainless steel parts made, and I'm so pleased that we can get this done right here in the UK.  It's all cut on some very powerful and hugely expensive laser cutting machinery , so of course it's not something that we do in-house. What is great is that a small outfit like ours can design our own parts and have small runs of them made...exactly how we want them and at a good price...and the factory is just half an hour away from our workshop. We already have had tailpieces and jack plates made last...

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  • Pilgrimage to Bremen

    Autumn, and time for me to make the annual pilgrimage to Bremen to attend the Van Thom Weekender, accompanied by my travelling companion of old, Hollowbelly. It's an  extravganza of alternative music organised by Andreas Reidel, aka DJ Tourette van Thom, and a great opportunity to catch up with old friends that we've made over the years. It was also a stepping stone for us going on to the 1st German cigar box guitar festival the following weekend. It starts with Hollowbelly driving up from Devon to my gaff in the Midlands, and then heading off down to the Channel...

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  • The Eight Days Of Glastonbury

    Glastonbury -  the biggest greenfield music festival in  the world. Way back in October 2015, me and my sales manager (my daughter Anne) decided we'd have a go at getting a trade stand there...why not?! Anne dowloaded all the forms - there was an enormous amount of info that they needed...a complete inventory of what we were selling, together with prices, where it came from, the percentage of recycled, local, fairtrade goods etc, together with our trading history, business ethics etc. They don't tell you how much it will cost, that comes with the offer if you are successful, so we set ourselves...

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  • Jamming with Ian Siegal

    A few weeks back I got an invitation to a party of an old friend of mine, from back in the days when I'd just started playing guitar again. He's got married, and at the time didn't have proper celebration party..so this was their party, and he told me that he'd got Ian Seigal to come and play for him. It sounded like a great evening, then about a week later I got another message..Ian Siegal was going to do a solo acoustic set and then wanted a band to back him..could I help out? Ian Siegal opening the evening...

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  • Internet forums...I try keeping away but sometimes I can't help myself.

    Over the past year or so I've voluntarily absented myself from a lot of internet discussions, as I've found that proffering advice sometimes results in some unpleasant postings in return. It's not that I want to appear to be a know-it-all, or force my way of doing things on people, but when I see bad advice being given..and then taken as gospel by folks who don't know any better, I sometimes feel that I have to try and put a bit of balance into the situation. The problem is that there are a lot of well meaning helpful folk out...

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  • 2015...another hard row to plough.

    Phew, another year end nearly come around, and I’ve kept myself busy again. 2014 saw me consolidating my guitar making and music business…with only the odds and ends of my day job as an architect to deal with, putting my elder daughter Anne to work, helping me around the workshop and in the office, a couple of festivals, workshop and so on. 2015 has moved up a gear, and has been a full-on year of getting the business on a serious footing. My daughter Anne at Mostly Jazz Funk and Soul Festival Anne has moved from part time to full...

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  • Problems with expensive foreign guitars....

    I occasionally get asked to have look at cigarbox guitars made by other people, usually to sort out problems with the neck or electrics.  I'm always intrigued to get the opportunity to have a look at other maker's instruments, so that I can  see how they do it compared with my approach, and maybe learn a few tips and ways that I can improve my work. It never seems to work out that way, I usually end up reflecting on how  these guys charge top-dollar prices for less than top-notch work. I don't want to do "knocking copy", but sometimes I feel...

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