For my first cigarbox guitar, I built
this nylon six string fretless. I had intended this guitar for fingered fretless play, but made the bridge a little
too high. With nylon strings it is playable with fingers - which is good because I finger a lot of notes even
when I'm playing slide, but, now I tune it in open D and use it primarily for slide tunes.
One downside to fretless is certain fingered chords are almost impossible. As a result, I've had to re-arrange one of
my most popular songs, Slippin' in Your Back Door to be played in standard tuning (it was in open E
on the Mythical Creature CD) so I can play it on a more
fingerable guitar. Of course, as easy as it is to
make CBGs, I may soon have another fingerable guitar in open E, lol.
Recording: Love & Death, including the reprise, Diddie Wah Diddie,
Corina Corina, and Ninth Street Blues from the Love & Death CD. Also,
Here With You was first arranged and recorded on this guitar, but when I raised the key to match
my voice for the final recording, other instruments worked better.
Live: This is another live work horse. I use it for the songs it recorded, plus lots of
other slide stuff, including Robert Johnson's Come on in My Kitchen and Willie Dixon's Don't Trust Nobody
Update: Well, eventually, I rebuilt this one... twice... it has frets now, lower action, and a new face
(The Cyclops pyrography). I can play Slippin' in Your Back Door on it now - in fact, it was used on Huntsville 2006
for that song, as well as the rest of the first half of that CD.
It's still a live show workhorse but now even more capable :o)