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Just in time for the weekend, we bring you, perhaps, one of the easiest instruments you can make in a short time.
In the following clip from the 2008 documentary “It Might Get Loud”by Davis Guggenheim, Jack builds a one-string Diddley Bow in a little over a minute. With just a few nails, a coke bottle, and a single coil pickup, Jack illustrates very nicely what those of us in the know have said all along:
Lap steels have seen a bit of a new life among Cigar Box Guitar and homemade music enthusiasts. C. B. Gitty has put out an affordable, easy-to-build kit that can be built in an afternoon, out of a scrap piece of 2×4 timber!
But what if you have already built one of these fine instruments from the kit above, and are looking for a little bit more of a challenge?
Sent in to us in 2016 by “Hubcap John” Hayward, these plans were originally printed in Practical Wireless Magazine, a UK-based Amateur Radio Magazine back in 1965.
These schematics lay out the ground work from dimensions to wiring diagrams, that you can follow to build an electric Hawaiian-Style Lap Steel Guitar!
Click the image below to download these FREE PDF Plans!
Friday is finally here and the weekend is only a short work day away. Why not celebrate by starting a new song to practice over the weekend?
Soutbound Strings brings tablature for “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen arranged for a 3-string, Open G (GDG) Cigar Box Guitar. A timeless and powerful classic, it’s hard not to close your eyes and get lost in the music.
A frustrating problem to run into while building an Electric Cigar Box Guitar, is the dreaded Hum or Buzz when you first plug the guitar into an amp. It can be discouraging to new and experienced builders when trying to diagnose and fix the issue.
Enter this informative article by Ben “Gitty” Baker that can help to speed up the troubleshooting process. He presents some of the common sources that can cause the buzz and some tips and tricks that can help mitigate if not solve the issue altogether.
What better way to shake off the Monday blues than learning a new song?
Glenn Watt arranged an excellent cover of “Voodoo Child” one of Jimi Hendrix’s most notable tunes. Here he provides a video showing how it can be played on your Open G Cigar Box Guitar and provides tablature so that you can play along.
The third part of Ben “Gitty” Baker’s introduction to Canjo’s jumps right into the basics of tuning your canjo, how to read tablature and demonstrates by teaching you how to play two well-known Songs: “Camptown Races” and “When the Saints Go Marching In”.