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Cigar Box Nation TV – The BOWING Episode!In this episode of Cigar Box Nation TV, Ben Gitty attacks pretty much everything he can find with violin bows… from a dulcimer (it’s still Dulcimer Week here on CBN TV!) to a one-string Vaudeville fiddle, a one-string gutbucket bass to a banjo… and then it gets weird: metal trash can lid, steel dust pan, and even a 21″ brass cymbal!
Other highlights include a cover of A. J. Gaither’s song “Last Free Exit” (complete with kazoo solo), a replay of Shane and Ben discovering the HORSE FIDDLE in a museum in York, PA and more!
Check out this recent Cigar Box Nation TV broadcast, featuring A. J. Gaither live from the C. B. Gitty Juke Shack Stage!
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Shane Speal shows how a simple choice of guitar slides can affect your playing. He uses a stubby, short slide. In this video, he uses a custom blown-glass guitar slide. In concert, you’re more likely to find him just using a simple 3/4″ socket on his finger.
In this photo-packed article, cigar box guitar guru Glenn Watt walks you through the simplest method for building your own cigar box guitar. No frills, no fluff, just the basic, easy-to-understand steps that you need to follow.
So read this article, gather your tools and materials, and you’ll be building cigar box guitars in no time!
Glenn Watt has been busy cranking out fantastic new cigar box guitar how-to articles for us lately. This latest one goes in-depth on open-gear tuners (machine heads) commonly used on cigar box guitars. Their parts, how they are best installed, and pitfalls to avoid. Glenn even shows you a great trick on how to switch the alignment of one of these little babies.
Shane Speal shows how he performs many of his leads on a single string. This technique has been used by Blind Willie Johnson, Dick Dale, sitar players and many others. It’s also a great way to get sounds out of a cigar box guitar!
Ever wondered what to do with those wide, flat and thin cigar boxes? Well wonder no more! In this article, Ben “Gitty” Baker shows you how he turned just such a box into a playable cigar box tambourine!
It only took him about 30 minutes to whip this tambourine together, and there is a lot of room for experimentation and improvement, and even possibility of using all reclaimed items! Check it out and post pictures of your creations over at CigarBoxNation.com!