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Welcome to the Clubhouse! How did you hear about us?
Internet browsing.
What instruments are you building or playing?
FlatCat™ guitar pickups, 3 & 4 string CBGs, handmade amps out of odd materials, acoustic guitar modification, solidbody electrics... and whatever else strikes my fancy. I dabble in an online music store:

Website: https://Etsy.com/shop/Wishbringer

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Silverware Singer Hybrid Box Guitar

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ted Crocker Jun 15. 1 Reply

FlatCat 440...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wayfinder Apr 10. 2 Replies

Fender Mustant I Modeling Amp

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wayfinder Mar 22. 2 Replies

New FlatCats... Gen 7!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wayfinder Jan 13. 6 Replies

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Matthew Orifice replied to Wayfinder's discussion How to Build an Induction Pickup
"thanks SO much for this, i've been building instruments i"m calling Viola Chittara ( guitar tuned fretted viols) and i've been fighting the universe for a magnetic pickup solution of the solid bodies, and this is the best explanation…"
Oct 14
Ted Crocker replied to Wayfinder's discussion Silverware Singer Hybrid Box Guitar
"Real nice to see & hear the details of the build.  Thanks"
Jun 15
Ted Crocker commented on Wayfinder's photo

Silverware Singer

"S W E E E E T !"
Jun 15
Wayfinder posted a photo

Silverware Singer

Silverware box body, dual FlatCat™ pickups, dual volume & tone, 3-way switch, 5-voice active digital on-board, 2" classical-style neck, steel strings.
Jun 8
Wayfinder posted a discussion

Silverware Singer Hybrid Box Guitar

SILVERWARE SINGER HYBRID BOX GUITARFinished instrument.Thought I'd share.  This is my newest build, the Silverware Singer. As its name implies it's made from a large silverware box (measures 16 x 11 x 3.5 inches).  Not a small git.THE BACKGROUND.  For a very long time I have been wanting an instrument with special…See More
Jun 8
Jim N. replied to Wayfinder's discussion FlatCat 440...
"Congrats on all of your personal and professional accomplishments, 'Finder. IMO, FlatCat 440 represents a whole lot more than just a 'mini-milestone'. A special thanks for sharing your excellent comments on compassion, giving,…"
Apr 9
Wayfinder posted a discussion

FlatCat 440...

Just a fun little note.   I just finished building the 440th FlatCat guitar pickup.  Doesn't that make it a uh... FlatCat 440?  ;DOkay, bad musical pun.  Still, it's a mini-milestone.  Thought I'd write a brief article about the pickup itself.  This isn't in the interest of advertising (although it may be perceived as such), but just of simple tale of a journey, of "what can happen if you stick with a goal".An article about the FlatCat cannot be mentioned without speaking of Elmar's original…See More
Apr 9
Ted Crocker replied to Wayfinder's discussion Fender Mustant I Modeling Amp
"I can type almost the exact post, except for the Roland Micro Cube.  Incredible assortment of tones & effects, for about the same price.  The new one has an iPad (or phone) app where you can download and apply different samples.…"
Mar 22
Wayfinder posted a discussion

Fender Mustant I Modeling Amp

In another forum we were discussing basic sound coming from an instrument and Ted mentioned " "I have a tone control on my amp!!"No truer statement ever made when it comes to getting sound out of a cigar box.  Facing reality, cigar box guitars are fantastic instruments.  They're home-made, hand-made and are incredible folk music devices-- but compared to a regular full-size acoustic guitar, acoustically they just don't cut it.  CBGs have their own sound and they're wonderful... but they really…See More
Mar 18
Grandpa replied to Wayfinder's discussion New FlatCats... Gen 7!
"Hey Wayfinder. Congrats on your pending benchmark build! Thanks for your update, and all of your past sharing of experiences."
Jan 13
Ted Crocker replied to Wayfinder's discussion New FlatCats... Gen 7!
"Great!   It's always satisfying when you have an idea, work on it, modify it, test, test, test and finally reach the solution you had in mind.  I've been there numerous times, it's a great feeling.  Congratulations!!!"
Jan 11
Jim N. replied to Wayfinder's discussion New FlatCats... Gen 7!
"Excellent work, 'Finder. Congrats!"
Jan 11
Wayfinder posted a discussion

New FlatCats... Gen 7!

FlatCat Gen7 LinkAs my friends know I regularly experiment with new ideas (as do most of us) to see what kind of sounds can come from what.   Over the past year I got an itch to try and build a totally-new-design flat pickup even more powerful than my prior FlatCats.…See More
Jan 10
Matt Quinney replied to Wayfinder's discussion How to Build an Induction Pickup
"I finally got around to making one of these. First pic shows initial try, in a wood frame to hold it above the strings. The pic does not show the packing tape between the copper wire and magnet. Success. The second pic shows the next two iterations…"
Jan 9

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Missing Children -- The Alienation Process

Posted on October 13, 2015 at 8:30am 0 Comments

This is totally off-subject of handmade instruments.   However, it has much to do with how our skills are handed down and how our children are educated.

We are all aware of today's situation.  We get up in the morning, rush through breakfast (if we eat at all), the dad pecks his wife on the cheek, says bye to the children (if they're awake yet... he may have to get up early to commute to work).  Mother rushes off to work, leaving children in the hands of the sitter, who rushes…


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At 7:21pm on May 7, 2017, Rose Ericson said…
I have a brother with a 2000 sq foot shop, and another brother who works for the smithsonian. He has a forge in his back yard and he makes his own hand tools. His shop is located in a 150 year old pole barn......its big. When he is not working he hangs out with the Hill Billy's and they make guitars. Sadly he does not think cigar box guitars are much more than a toy. I am working really hard to show him they are real instruments. For about 3 years I worked with him in his shop as the draft person. I am a girl with a woodshop. My shop is only 12x16, but it is organized and I can do a ton of stuff in it. Sometimes I have to roll my equipment outside to work on a project.
At 6:45pm on May 7, 2017, Rose Ericson said…
Hey Wayfinder I used my horizontal boaring machine to drill the perfect hole in my guitar for the golf club. Fits like a glove and light as air. That was a great idea. That is what I miss is your outside the box thinkin. Happy to see you.
At 9:10pm on February 28, 2016, Wade said…

Hi Wayfinder - sorry for the late acceptance here - it's been awhile!!!

At 1:41pm on June 9, 2015, Jim N. said…

At 5:59pm on May 31, 2015, Bama Hound said…

Wayfinder, it was like my dog died when you left CBN. I very much missed your insight and comments. I found out you were here. I joined for that reason and this also offers more opportunities to builders to enjoy like minded folks.

At 12:21am on October 3, 2014, Ted Crocker said…

Hi Wayfinder, welcome to the Handmade Music Clubhouse - Cigar Box Guitar Headquarters (CBG HQ)!

The focus here is on all types of handmade instruments and music. There are lots of helpful builders and players here and lots of Groups to teach and learn. We welcome participation so don't be shy.

Have a look around, introduce yourself in My Name Is... and add yourself to the Member Map. There's an active Chat Room where you can ask questions, offer help or just talk about anything with some great folks.

Most of all Have Fun!


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