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Joe Thomas
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  • Melbourne, FL
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Looking for 12 string sizing help

Started Apr 26, 2010 0 Replies

Hi guys, it's my crazy ass again....I'm in the planning phase for an up and coming CBG to be made. Thought I would do something wacked this time so I'm debating on doing a 12 string in…Continue

Looking for vintage Gibson info

Started this discussion. Last reply by ChickenboneJohn May 21, 2010. 10 Replies

Hey Guys, In about 2 days I am headed to Kentucky to visit the girlfriend's family and there in an old Gibson acoustic flat-top that she has there. When she told me what it was the eyebrows raised a…Continue

I'm looking for a bigger vacuum pump?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Old Lowe Apr 9, 2010. 15 Replies

Hey Guys, I know this may seem to be a strange post for a instrument makers site but let me explain.If anyone has read my page I am also a Master Bladesmith in which I make quality knives and other…Continue


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Welcome to the Clubhouse! How did you hear about us?
Mr Ted Crocker sent me an invite via Facebook. WOW, What a site!!!
What instruments are you building or playing?
Cigar and fabricated box guitars, and at times..... also known to play with myself.

Hello Everyone!

Hey all, my name is Joe and owner and proprietor of Excelsior Cigar Box Guitars. Also an ex Army paratrooper of many years and a vet of 3 wars that is now retired and just enjoying the hell out of life. I was also a Master electrician that once did sub-work for NASA, Northop Grumman, TRW, and other defense contractors so I can wire the hell out of anything.Though I am not a smokin hot guitar player I can damn well craft one that plays smokin. LOL. Just like all of us here I love music but perhaps it was also the influence I had as a child as my granduncle (grandmother's brother) was Harry B. DeArmond  I still have fond memories of going to his house with my Grandmother "Clara Belle DeArmond" and being in his shop. Uncle Harry taught me allot of things as a kid. I also got to meet some of his friends/clients such as Chet Adkins, Bo Diddley, and others. So now my happy ass is making cigar and fabricated box guitars and I'm havin a blast doing it. I'm also a Bladesmith but nobody want's a 500 dollar quality knife when they can get one for 5 bucks from China. So now I use the forge to smelt and hand cast parts from brass and bronze..

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At 2:19am on January 25, 2013, Paul Monaco said…

Hey Joe.  You asked about a staining for your guitar.  Well I just made a white oak lap steel guitar and I love using Minwax Golden Pecan.  The stain is almost transparent and it has a slight reddish tint to it and it really brings out the grain in all types of wood. Check out my 4th lap steel.  http://handmademusicclubhouse.com/photo/finished-lap-steel-no-4-6/next?context=user  Paul Monaco


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