on 15 July 2012
Of all of the books that I've read about the topic (quite a few), this one is by far the best. If you want to begin making your own instruments, then this is by far the best place to start. I bought it so I could learn how to make a decent cigar box guitar and the book explains how to do that with easy to follow instructions and detailed colour photographs. It also instructs you on how to make many other instruments, from a simple stomp box to a make shift double bass. Great book.
on 2 February 2013
If you purchase and use this book in the spirit that Mike Orr wrote it, to enjoy both creating and playing cheap / enjoyable musical instruments then your money will be well spent. You don't have to be a expert luthier, or one at all, to benefit from this book, its all very simple, very well explained and user friendly etc.
It proves you can have as much fun from instruments made from off cuts and junk as you can from a £1,000 plus one from a shop (albeit the sound will not be as good!!!).
It's worth remembering, many of the original great `blues' players started on similar instruments. I already made a good selection of cbg's and been thrilled with them all.
on 10 January 2015
I had already made a couple of CBG's before I bought this book. Making the first one from a kit and very helpful DVD from EBay gave me the courage to build some more recognisable electric guitars.
However, this book had rekindled my enthusiasm for CBG's and other slide instruments. I am already obsessed with junk shops looking for raw materials.
Mike's instructions for all kinds of CBG's are excellent, but there are also many photographs of instruments which can't help to turn anyone with a slight interest into a fanatic. BEWARE................ I will start a UK chapter of CBG Builders Anonymous.
on 18 March 2013
I am very glad I bought this book. It gives good descriptions of how to build various instruments with lots of photo illustrations of the processes involved. After buying this book, I built a cigar box ukulele, and will be building other instruments including a stomp box with confidence. Good details given re how to wire up your instrument to make it electric and enable you to plug the instrument in to a guitar amp. All round excellent book and money well spent.
on 9 February 2013
I bought this book for my husband as he wants to have a go at making a cigar box guitar. Although it contains measurements and plans for various types of guitar, the one he really wants to make appears to have a mistake on an important measurement. However, saying that, there is a lot of information in the book, with some really good ideas. It's just a shame that it isn't specific enough for my husbands requirements.