Tags : | Lo-Fi | 3.36 MB | Reaper

Description : Happy Halloween! Good to participate this year in the annual Halloween thread!Just some freestyle playing (slightly sloppy since i'm not used to this guitar) trying out my newly born Boneshaker guitar a 4 string fretless 25 1/2 inch scale, the lowest string being a bass guitar string, played with a wood pick and bone slide, buffalo horn nut and bridge, my own handwound bone pick up. You can run but you can't hide, the apocalypse is coming! Zombies will rule the earth.

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  1. pharmatom
    pharmatom on Wed 30th Oct 2019 - 3 weeks ago

    This sounds great! The sound effects and the slide(y) guitar give it a eerie - spooky feel. It's recorded and mixed very well. Wasn't aware of cigar box guitars. I'm going to have to look into this. Thanks for sharing!

    Reply by Burtsbluesboxes

    Cigar box guitars are very addicting!! You've been warned before venturing down that rabbit hole ;) They're actually the Grandad of the blues, many famous bluesmen got started on one, such simple but expressive instruments. Yes, slide guitar, no frets on this one, played with a handcarved bone slide and wood pick. These materials give a softer more mellow tone than say a bone or plastic pick and a metal or glass slide

  2. eggs0ntoast
    eggs0ntoast on Fri 25th Oct 2019 - 4 weeks ago

    like a drunken empty despair filled mind sounds at a those times ws come across now and then, :)

    Reply by Burtsbluesboxes

    Well getting as wasted as possible seems a good plan with the world gone to hell and overrun by the walking dead :p I love the way a cigar box guitar can tell a take all on it's own. Thanks EggsOntoast, now I'm hungry.

  3. crucethus
    crucethus on Thu 24th Oct 2019 - 4 weeks ago

    It's like a Melancholy Halloween in the swamp, love it.

    Reply by Burtsbluesboxes

    I'm sad Looperman has been taken over by urban producers so I've escaped to the swamp LOL! Thanks Cru, I need to fine tune this guitar a bit but really wanted to record it in time for Halloween.

  4. joecramer
    joecramer on Wed 23rd Oct 2019 - 1 month ago

    They always come back! :)
    Better be careful when you walk around. At least at night, in the dark and all alone. Mostly you will only have a meeting with a normal stupid zombie but with a little luck there will be one of the higher thinking ones. And all i heard was that they like good CBG player for some fine colabs .....
    Well done. Nice sound, nice playing, nice recording, nice feeling!

    stay tuned

    Reply by Burtsbluesboxes

    You're right Joe, they always come back! But what exactly is dead? https://youtu.be/PkJFq9tNe8w The stupid ones are pretty slow and easy to outrun, it's the thinking ones you need to watch. I hear there's a thinking German zombie looking to collab on some cbg music ;) I seem to be pulled in other directions constantly lately. I was just trying out this new build when I thought I better record it because I probably won't get a chance to later, it does need some minor setting up still. I have a new string bass to record with too with another started.
    I'm hoping this winter to get a break and record/write again. Just sat down to wind a custom pick up for someone and I get called into work, the new normal...

  5. ShortBusMusic
    ShortBusMusic on Fri 11th Oct 2019 - 1 month ago

    Burton, how is it going? So, I moved to Florida and live right next to a big old pond with gators and snakes and mosquitoes and heat and humidity and this song absolutely set the mood for me. Love the sound from the new 4 string, looks like you crafted a winner. So good to hear something from you, especially one that sounds like my new life haha. I hope all is well.


    Reply by Burtsbluesboxes

    Good to see you around Bear :D To the swamps of Florida from the dry deserts of Arizona, quite the change! I hear the weather is crazy there being surrounded on 3 sides by ocean. If if helps I have a swamp in my yard :)Going well, I've been very busy in the cigar box guitar world lately, not so much time for writing, recording and interacting on here as I'd like, trying to change that. FatKnuckldeFreddy performed on a 4 stringer with the same set up at Maine's inaugural cigar box guitar festival this summer. I had to make one!! Even got him to sign this one at my last luthier show. I just made a 2 string 34 inch scale cigar box bass with another Boneshaker box and my own 2 pole handwound pick up, recording soon to come.

  6. JoeFunktastic
    JoeFunktastic on Thu 10th Oct 2019 - 1 month ago

    Burt, you went all out on this one. The feel and the setting is very disturbing in a good way, lol. But I remember back on Facebook on how you use to demonstrated your long labor of love for building and designing those cigar box guitars that you do.

    I love your enthusiasm and master skill to deliver such an amazingly appropriate eerie song with sound effects and all. Great tune man!


    Reply by Burtsbluesboxes

    Hey thanks Joe :D I'm doing well with the guitars, Sunday I was invited to set up at the Maine 3rd annual Luthier Showcase, we made the front page of the local paper, heres a video of some of it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJq9Tr7IgCU You can see Boneshaker! The guy performing, Fat Knuckle Freddy, performed at the Maine Blues Festival this summer, I was set up there too. He played on a similar 4 string guitar so I had to make one, even got him to sign it. Just going deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole Joe, but loving it! In the video, that's my table it opens with, I'm working on something with the white coffin guitar and the black one with the skull and crossbones to share here. We need more Halloween tunes!

  7. Neomorpheus
    Neomorpheus on Wed 9th Oct 2019 - 1 month ago

    I get a mental picture of the Louisiana Bayou at night and for whatever unfortunate reason, ending up on foot in the wrong place at the wrong time! And wouldn't ya know it the damn flashlight batteries are Dead ! Dang, why did I have to use that word !!!!!

    Ha ha, good stuff Burt, I dig it bro.

    Reply by Burtsbluesboxes

    Hey Neo, thanks for starting the annual Halloween thread, it lit a bit of a fire under my ass to get recording. Thought you were smart buying those discount batteries again huh? I never really got down the delta blues on my 6 stringers, seem to have nailed it taking up slide on these homemade guitars. More to come don't die too soon!!

  8. damonb
    damonb on Wed 9th Oct 2019 - 1 month ago

    this took either bordizem or thinking out side the box I love it

    Reply by Burtsbluesboxes

    I actually learned about cigar box guitars right here on looperman. My reaction was much the same as those who hear them for the first time, "wow that sounds so raw and beautiful!" I've been making my own guitars for a couple years now, damn things are addicting! Maybe a touch of boredom with traditional instruments ;) They also double as clubs for the impending zombie invasion.

  9. VicaMOOR
    VicaMOOR on Wed 9th Oct 2019 - 1 month ago

    nice atmosphere. sounds like reverb and delay used on the guitar strings, along with the sound effects of walking. nice touch. not really a creepy vibe, more so one of somber and melancholy

    Reply by Burtsbluesboxes

    Exactly, more of a creepy somber atmosphere, after all the Zombies have won. This is what I love about cigar box guitars, alone they're so expressive. A little delay and reverb just to dress up the sound a bit. This thing has a hell of a crunch distorted!

  10. DijamMusic
    DijamMusic on Wed 9th Oct 2019 - 1 month ago

    Wow, mate I love this track.
    This sounds ethereal.
    I think great mind think a like
    Check out my track The way of the Dead.
    Really well done

    Reply by Burtsbluesboxes

    Thanks Jamid, it's basically just a test run, soundtest trying out a newly built guitar. It needs a little fine tuning still (and a bit more practice as I usally play on a 3 string with lighter gauge strings) but I'm happy with it. Ethereal is a good word, I was thinking of a burned out post apolacalyptic wasteland with a lone survivor seeking shelter traveling along a dirt road just out of range of the zombies nearby but within earshot. I wanted to be sure I got something up for the Halloween thread this year! More to come. Off to check it out now :D

  11. danke
    danke on Tue 8th Oct 2019 - 1 month ago

    I already have 25 zombies in the classroom...13-14 years old teenagers...the apocalypse is right there on my face...:-)

    cool track Burt...laugh on the genre call...:-)

    handshake, Danke

    Reply by Burtsbluesboxes

    So your a school teacher, I'm an elementary school custodian, I see the apocalypse!! Thanks Danke, I just finished the guitar Saturday so I could bring it to a luthier show Sunday where I was one of 2 cigar box guitar luthiers showing. Talk about raw that's why I called it lo fi ;) its strung with the lower 3 strings Earnie Ball Mammoth slinky 12 gauge, I have to look to tell you the exact string gauges used but its like 100 on the bass 62 on the E 52 B and 48 E, strung heavy for that bone rattling bass. Wait til you hear it distorted.

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