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.
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 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.
Cigar Box Nation TV takes a tour through the www.CBGitty.com workshop at the height of Black Friday/Cyber Monday preparation! Cigar box guitars are on the bench and instrument kits are being produced via laser CNC machine. Interviews with Farley, Glenn, Nick and Jason, too.
Ben’s ready to mosey into the sunset with a few cowboy songs performed on his cigar box guitar and the Gittylele Kit. Also, Daniel Hulbert of Circuits & Strings gives a full building demo of the Gittylele.
It was another “Friday in Shane’s Shed” episode of Cigar Box Nation TV, this time with Shane Speal showing off his upcoming instruments and playing a little on his test guitar. He showed off the Psycho Knob distortion unit (linl) and the Snake Oil Mini Humbucker Pickup (link), too.
Shane Speal dials in some otherworldly scales and sounds in this cigar box guitar improv. The guitar is tuned in open A (AEA) and is run through quite a few effects. Enjoy!
German avant-garde composer, Hans Reichel created the Daxophone using hardwoods, contact mics and a violin bow for some otherworldly sounds. Shane Speal recreates the concept using a few simple objects including a yardstick, wood clamps and a clip on pickup.
Shane Speal doesn’t just build one cigar box guitar at a time. He makes entire batches of instruments…usually 6 or 12 at a time! In this video, he talks about how it increases quality and even saves money.
Mentioned in this article: Shane Speal’s Essential List of Bulk Guitar Parts: https://www.cbgitty.com/news/shane-speals-essential-list-of-bulk-parts-maximize-your-cigar-box-guitar-production/
CBGitty.com asked musicians what three songs are they most proud to have written and why. The first in the series features Shane Speal, King of the Cigar Box Guitar. He selected three songs for their lyrical content and explains why.
The songs are:
- Mother Leeds – from the album Shane Speal: 12 Stones
- These Frustrating Blues – from the album Jug Fusion: The Complete Sessions
- Tattoo of You – from the album Shane Speal: 12 Stones
You can buy downloads of each song at http://shanespeal.com/shop-music
AJ Gaither, Ronn Benway and Ben Gitty discuss some of the finer points of being a traveling musician…and they play a little cigar box guitar music, too. From finding your own circuit of bars to song choices and even busking tips, these men talk from experience.
The members of C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply have come together as musicians, calling themselves The Gitty Band, or “Gittyband” for short. Today, they tuned up their cigar box guitars, ukes and rocked out the classic Creedence Clearwater Revival song, Bad Moon Rising. Office manager, Kim Starling delivers some hellfire vocals on this one.