• Thank you for visiting the home of Rose Instruments! Here you will find photos and videos of guitars, banjos, basses, mandolins, ukuleles and more that I've built over the years, especially the cigar box instruments I've turned to as a hobby since retiring some years back. While I continue to make most everything myself, even winding my own pickups by hand, there are still some parts I must purchase: strings, tuners, wood, magnets and copper wire for the pickups etc. Inside you will find some of these cigar box creations for sale, but you may also discover something else, the desire to build your own cigar box instrument. The good news is there are some great online resources available today to help you do just that. While I'm currently working on a links page that will list many of these sites, in the meantime I am always happy to answer questions, point you in the right direction, or otherwise help you get started. So, take a look around. If you like what you see leave me a note. And who knows, one of these days I may be checking out your website!

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    Apr 16, 2014 @ 4:32 PM

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    Apr 15, 2014 @ 4:37 PM

    Enjoyed watching the chat. Barry is a great guest. I have awalys enjoyed hearing what he has to say both in his life as a blogger and now with Miami Cigar & Co. Very entertaining!

    Ed Thomas
    Moyock North Carolina
    Sep 28, 2013 @ 2:44 PM

    Wonderful instruments timeless craftsmanship and innovation combined to make one fine guitar. Saw you at the Octoberfest in Appleton

    david l hull
    Jul 13, 2013 @ 6:54 PM

    was at Madison Art Fair. Now I want one of those cigar box ukes. Maybe Sunday, David.

    Lost Jim Ohlschmidt
    Mar 23, 2013 @ 9:01 AM

    I very much enjoyed visiting your workshop
    and thank you so much for work on the
    Queen Bee. What
    a fabulous CBG! Looking forward to the
    distressed Tele
    project ...

    Marina Laguna
    Minneapolis, MN
    Nov 30, 2012 @ 1:21 PM

    You did an AMAZING job repairing my dulcimer, Thanks so much!

    Tom Hawkins
    Dearborn Hts, Michigan
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 9:18 AM

    It was a real pleasure meeting and talking to both of you at the 1st Chicago CBD Fest. I look forward to seeing both of you again at the nest fest. Have a great holiday season.

    Mark Stewart
    Richmond, IL
    Nov 11, 2012 @ 8:34 AM

    It was great meeting the two of you at the 1st Chicago CBG Fest yesterday. Hope to see you next year.


    Ben Ott
    Jul 29, 2012 @ 2:31 PM

    Visited with you at Art in the Park today. Expect a call in November for a birthday gift ukulele or mandolin!


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