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It’s Bowmageddon – Gitty Goes Crazy With a Violin Bow!

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!

Posted by Cigar Box Nation on Thursday, July 21, 2016

3-String Cigar Box Guitar Tunings

Shane Speal shows various ways to retune a 3-string cigar box guitar.

The guitar is strung with A,D,G strings and tuned to GDG to start.

Tunings discussed:

  • G7, the Jazz Tuning – G,D,F (low to high)
  • G6, Hawaiian Tuning – G,D,E (low to high)
  • G add Gb, the New Agey tuning – G,D,Gb (low to high)
  • Dirty D – D,D,A (low to high)

Cigar Box Nation TV Broadcast – A. J. Gaither Live!

Check out this recent Cigar Box Nation TV broadcast, featuring A. J. Gaither live from the C. B. Gitty Juke Shack Stage!

Cigar Box Nation TV broadcasts on FaceBook daily during the week at 12 Noon, plus extra special broadcasts like this concert. Be sure to like the Cigar Box Nation Facebook Page and subscribe to live broadcast notifications to make sure you never miss our live events!

New Knowledgebase Entry: How Cigar Box Guitar Tuners Work

Glenn Watt in the C. B. Gitty ShopGlenn 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.

New How-to Knowledgebase Entry: 4-string Cigar Box Guitar Tunings

Click on the image above to view the knowledgebase entry.
Click on the image above to view the knowledgebase entry.

We just added a new video entry to the knowledgebase here on CigarBoxGuitar.com – a video excerpt from a Cigar Box Nation TV episode in which A. J. Gaither and Ben “Gitty” Baker discuss two great tenor guitar tunings for 4-string cigar box guitars: “Arkansas Tenor” (low E, A, D, G) and “Chicago Tenor” (D, G, B, E).

Both tunings allow you to use partial 6-string guitar chords – Ben even shows you how to use 6-string chord forms with them.

New How-To Plans: Build a Cigar Box Tambourine!

Ben Gitty Baker and his Cigar Box TambourineEver 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!