Originally published in 1923, these plans were originally presented in a children’s book in the early 1900s and give you step by step instructions on building a one-string violin that can be easily made in one afternoon.
Have you build one of these instruments, either from these plans or another source? Let us known in the comments!
This handy chart from C. B. Gitty gives you all of these chords and more in wall-poster form. Click this image for more details!
When learning how to play a new chord on your Ukulele, it’s very handy to have a resource on hand that lets you quickly glance at the chord shape and make any necessary corrections so the notes ring out true.
Following that, we have created a chart for standard 4-string Ukuleles and other instruments tuned gCEA.
You can get the free printable graphic sheet below.
Click the image above to view the printable sheet.
So you made yourself a cigar box guitar, or perhaps received one as a gift and are wondering where to start when learning how to play. This video is a good place!
Shane covers everything from how to hold a pick, to how to place the slide to get the best note.
Click here for the new knowledge base entry.
What would you like to see in our next video? Let us know in the comments!
On Monday, September 25th, the Cigar Box Nation Facebook page brought the world premiere of a new music video Cover of the song “I Don’t Care if the Sun Don’t Shine” from
April Mae & the Junebugs!
Previous artists to cover the song were Dean Martin and Patti Page. It was even one of the first recordings done by Elvis Presley!
Their version is sure to be stuck in your head and get your toe tapping.
Give the video a watch below!
Build your own Soprano Ukulele with C. B. Gitty’s Gittylele!
One-Hand Dan Russell shows you how to play “The Midnight Special” on your Cigar Box Ukulele using only 3 chords!
Click here for the chord chart and Dan’s How-To Video!
Find out more about One Hand Dan by clicking here!
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Click here for Glenn Watt’s Video lesson
Build Me Up Buttercup is an irresistable, toe-tapping song that was originally released by the Temptations in 1980.
The following knowledge base was crafted by Glenn Watt contianing
tablature for both the melody of the song, as well as a version with supporting chords.
As a bonus, there is a video of Glenn teaching you how to play this song on your guitar!
Click here for the free lesson or click the image above to jump to the video!
Glenn Watt and Ben “Gitty” Baker wrote up a great piece on a brief history of this classic and included some of their interpretations for Open G – GDG Cigar Box Guitars.
Amazing Grace is great first stop for new musicians. It’s instantly recognizable and once you get the notes down, you can change up the order and find many more songs hidden within the same framework!
Click here for the full article with two versions of this songs for 3-string Cigar Box Guitars
There is also a version available for 4-string guitars as well, tuned GDGB.
You can find it here.
Are there songs that you would like to see tabbed out? Let us know in the comments!
Click here for the free installation guide!
Installing a magnetic pickup into your Cigar Box Guitar can really help builders sell their guitars, as well as open up the instrument to a world of new and interesting sounds and styles.
In this how-to article, Glenn Watt shows you how you can take C. B. Gitty’s Pre-wired
4-pole Single Coil Pickup harness, and install it into your guitar.
The installation guide can even be used for other styles of Single-Coil pickups as well, making it a great guide to save into your favorites for your next build.
“Home on the Range” started out as a poem in 1872, penned by Dr. Brewster. M. Higley.
It wasn’t until 1933 when Bing Crosby recorded a new version of the American West’s unofficial anthem, that the song’s popularity was rejuvenated and it was cemented in the American Songbook.
Below you can find the free PDF
tablature for the song’s fairly straightforward melody.
It is a great one to break out when picking alone on the porch or fireside sessions!
Click the image above to view the printable sheet.
Click here for the permanent knowledge base entry
Want to see a particular song tabbed out? Let us know in the comments!
This song sounds great on one of C. B. Gitty’s Old Glory guitars!
One of the most well-known fiddle songs sounds great on an Open GDG Cigar Box Guitar.
The melody of this song is fairly fun to play, and can be a great exercise in moving around the
Click here to jump to the knowledge base entry for the Free Downloadable PDF file!
One-hand Dan Russell plays a mean Ukulele, and in this video he shows you how to play classic Folk song “In the Pines” on your Cigar Box Ukulele.
This song has been covered by many different bands and artists over the years, some from vastly different genres of music ranging from Country legend Dolly Parton to grunge Superstars Nirvana.
Check out the video how-to play lesson below.
Click here for the knowledge base entry that contains the video and an attached chord chart! VIDEO