Ed Stilley’s Guitars – as photographed by Bill Jagitsch.

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.

This is how Shane Speal turns his shop into a guitar FACTORY!


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/

Shane Speal: “3 Songs & a Story” – the songwriter series

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