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Bobby Ratliff
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Cigar box question?

Started this discussion. Last reply by billy freedom Oct 9, 2011. 4 Replies

Hey everyone,I recently bought a Cigar box off ebay. The seller said it was a paper covered wood box. The inside and out is covered with paper, except for the outer bottom, and it is wood. I've got…Continue


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Dulcimer, Tenor Guitar, Cigar Box Mandolin, Cigar Box Strummer

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Strumdrop 6-string mando build

Posted on January 29, 2013 at 5:55pm 15 Comments

Just made a new form for my Strumdrop stick dulcimers. I'm making them a little larger now. Anyway, been a while since I've contributed anything to the site. So I thought I'd share a build-a-long blog.

My plans for this build are:

Old growth Redwood soundboard from George Beckwith.

Black Walnut back and neck.

Birdseye rock maple sides, fingerboard and headstock overlay.

6-string using mandolin tailpiece

Custom Randy Bretz piezo rod bridge/saddle

13 inch…


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