In this instructional broadcast, Ben and Glenn will get right down to the foundations of playing 3-string Cigar Box Guitars, talking about Chords. What they are, how to play them, how to read chord forms and diagrams, and more. Tune in at Noon (U. S. Eastern Time) and join in with your questions and comments. Or just play along!
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:
Shane Speal shows how he performs many of his leads on a single string. This technique has been used by Blind Willie Johnson, Dick Dale, sitar players and many others. It’s also a great way to get sounds out of a cigar box guitar!
There are many different designs and ideas for sound holes in cigar box guitars, but the simple process of adding window screen mesh can greatly clean up the look and give the instrument a Dobro attitude. Shane Speal shows you the simple process in the video below.
Scroll Saw or coping saw
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Optional: Linseed oil and Q-Tips (see extra tip below video)
EXTRA TIP: Using Q-tips, apply linseed oil to the cut edges of the hole. It darkens and seals the wood. It gets rid of the “cut out” look.