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It's fun to look back at your first build and see what you, at that time, thought was cool.

Here is my first attempt a decade ago. Made from parts I found while at a party. First, I had a couple beers, couple captain and cokes, then went to agave juice. I then proceeded to collect my parts from the host's house and garage. Even got some plumbing parts from the bathroom. I mixed these parts with some things I had in my truck...Long story short, in about 5 hours, I had a working, playable CBG with internal amp and self-contained speaker. I caught hell from my friend for disassembling his plumbing and using several items he held dear to his heart that I found at the workbench. All worth it, as it was the start of a great new hobby and lifestyle. Below is a pick of the monstrosity. And remember, be careful flushing your toilet after you have a bunch of CBG builders over to the house!

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This was my first commissioned build. Don't have a photo of my first prototype, which was a yellow Don Thomas box, four string, oak neck and toothpick frets like this one. In fact, the lipstick pickup on this one was from my prototype.


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