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

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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!

New How-to from Glenn Watt: Installing a Mini Humbucker in a Cigar Box Guitar

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In this new knowledgebase entry, Glenn walks you through installing a C. B. Gitty Snake Oil Mini Humbucker in a cigar box guitar. As his example guitar he uses one of the popular “Mi Amor” 3-string CBGs that he designed. Color photos illustrate each step of the process with explanatory text.

If you have been wondering about how to dive into using mini humbuckers on your special builds, this is for you!

The World’s Most Dangerous Cigar Box Guitar?

1Could this be the world’s most dangerous cigar box guitar? Cigar Box Nation member, Jim In Tuscon created this beast with a bayonette headstock, machine gun body and three strings of sonic destruction.  “Ready for the upcoming political season?” he replied.

See more of his photos at http://www.cigarboxnation.com/photo/photo/listForContributor?screenName=2teshlsersaif

Rolling Stones Inspired Cake Pan Guitar

1Andy Warhol originally did the album cover for the Rolling Stones’ album, Some Girls.    Now Cigar Box Nation member, Kevin Perlic has turned the pop art into a wild instrument featuring a cake pan and cigar box guitar neck/bridge (is that a C. B. Gitty Pure & Simple kit?).

See more of his pictures at http://www.cigarboxnation.com/photo/photo/listForContributor?screenName=1waxdxm30al8y

Darren Brown’s Resonator Cigar Box Guitar

1Darren Brown of DB Customs Cigar Box Guitars has recently completed this stunning reso.  Not only does the gloss black body make the chrome parts pop, but the entire thing has such a perfect layout.  Brown even used a black P90 pickup and removed the two unused pole pieces.  Brilliant.

See more photos at http://www.cigarboxnation.com/photo/photo/listForContributor?screenName=1d1y9pkn8bfwu