Shane Speal returns with another quick and easy building lesson. See how to make artistic pickguards from found objects such as tobacco tins and old steel beer cans.
Thin cigar boxes have great tone. However, some of these boxes may need a little extra bracing before becoming cigar box guitars. In this latest feature, Shane Speal shows how to use common corner moulding from a hardware store to brace the corners and sides of a cigar box.
We’ve just aHave you ever installed a volume pot on a cigar box guitar only to find that it was almost impossible to turn? Shane Speal (shanespeal.com) shows how to use contact cleaner to “break-in” new post, clearing away internal grease that may inhibit rotation.
Musician, Jim Morris recently posted this video at CigarBoxNation.com featuring a duet of himself and Noah Cline on gourd instruments. The five string banjo was built by Cline and the fiddle was crafted by Morris. They are playing the (very appropriate) traditional song, Sugar in the Gourd.
Related link: How to Build a Gourd Banjo
JUST ADDED TO OUR CIGAR BOX GUITAR ‘KNOWLEDGEBASE’: Cigar Box Nation founder, Shane Speal demonstrates how to reinforce internal bracing on neck-through cigar box guitars. The tutorial includes a demo video, photos and more:
Cigar box guitar builder/performer, Bill Jagitsch (aka Bluesboy Jag) recently visited the Old Statehouse Museum in Little Rock, Arkansas to witness the “True Faith/True Light: The Devotional Art of Ed Stilley” display. (Read about it in our companion piece over at Cigar Box Nation.)
Here is the entire photo gallery of his visit.
Here’s a little inspiration from The King of the Cigar Box Guitar.
Shane Speal demonstrates an ultra easy “Double E” tuning on a steel instrument built by Pete Regan of Alabama.
Shane Speal shows his method of woodburning art onto cigar box guitars. The simple setup uses art that was printed out on paper and transferred to the wood using old fashioned carbon paper and pencil tracing.
He demonstrates the technique using a C. B. Gitty “Gittylele” uke kit. (http://cbgitty.com/gittylele).
Shane Speal shows off an Esus2 tuning (E,B,F# low to high) on a 3-string cigar box guitar. This is tuning in fifths, similar to the tuning styles of mandolins and violins.
Shane Speal shows us how to play the pretty little riff in his song, Late Autumn Longshadow from the album, Empty Wooden Box. You will need a slide cigar box guitar, 3 strings tuned GDG.
Shane Speal examines the art of scarcity… reducing the number of notes played in a song for maximum impact. In this video, he uses his 3-string slide cigar box guitar to show how less notes equals more power.