Iko Iko (Jock-A-Mo) – One-String Canjo Tablature

Iko Iko was first released in 1953 by Sugar Boy and his Cane Cutters, under the title “Jock-A-Mo”. It wasn’t until 1965, when the Dixie Cups covered it as “Iko Iko” that it made the charts.

The subject of the song is based on the traditional confrontations disagreements between two Mardi Gras Indian tribes.

Click here for the link to the knowledge base entry and the FREE printable PDF Download!

More info about the subject on the Wikipedia article.

Want to see a song tabbed out for Canjo or Cigar Box Guitar? Let us know in the comments below?

“Scotland the Brave” – Tablature for One-String Canjos

“Scotland the Brave” is one of the most well known patriotic songs of Scotland.

The composer of the melody is unknown, though it is said it first made the rounds in the early 1900s. The version we largely attribute to this anthem today was written around 1950 by Cliff Hanley, a Scottish journalist.

Today we present the melody of “Scotland the Brave” for Diatonically Fretted One-String Canjos.

Click here for the FREE tab of “Scotland the Brave”!

Add a Gain Pot to your Cigar Box Amplifier

These amplifier kits are the perfect pairing for your Cigar Box Guitar. Check out C. B. Gitty’s full kit by clicking the image above!

In this video, Ben “Gitty” Baker and Glenn Watt illustrate how easy it is to increase the versatility of the 2.5 watt amplifier boards that are the heart of their Cigar Box Amplifiers.

By removing the on-board trim pot and replacing it with a linear-taper audio pot, you will get better tone control, making your amplifier more versatile by helping to dial in the perfect sound.

Click here to find out how to add a gain pot to your next amplifier!

“What is a Chord?” With Ben “Gitty” Baker and Glenn Watt

Click the image above to get downloadable PDFs of 3 different Chord families!

In this instructional video from Cigar Box Nation TV, Ben “Gitty” Baker and Glenn Watt of C. B. Gitty get right down to the foundations of chords for 3-string GDG Cigar Box Guitars.

They cover what makes a chord, how read them from diagrams and how to play them!

Back to Basics: What are Chords?

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!

Posted by Cigar Box Nation on Friday, April 7, 2017

The Basics of Zero Frets and How They Relate to Cigar Box Guitars

This photo shows a fretted cigar box guitar with a zero fret installed. We'll be showing you how (and why) to do this in this article.
This photo shows a fretted cigar box guitar with a zero fret installed. C. B. Gitty shows you how (and why) to do this in this article.

Today’s feature is an exposition written by Ben “Gitty” Baker on the subject of Zero Frets, and what they can do for your Cigar Box guitar.

In this article he answers three key questions; What they are, why they are used and how to install one on your next Cigar Box Guitar.

Click Here to View the Zero Fret Knowledgebase Article

New How-To Article: Install a Bone Nut on a Fretted Neck

Fretting directly onto a guitar neck is a great option to showcase the natural beauty of the wood you have chosen for your neck, rather than using a fretboard.
This new knowledgebase article shows you one method of installing a bone nut blank onto your fretted cigar box guitar neck.

Click here or on the image to the right to read the full article!


New How-to Article: Using Hard-tail Bridges on Cigar Box Guitars

This black bottom-loading 4-string hard-tail bridge is great for cigar box guitars and electric ukuleles. Available from CBGitty.com.

The third entry in our series of foundational How-To articles by Ben “Gitty” Baker is now available!

This article covers how and why to use hard-tail bridges on your electric cigar box guitars. Ben covers the different styles available, how to properly mount them and the benefits of using them.

Be sure to check out the line of 3, 4 and 6-string hard-tail bridges available on CBGitty.com!

New How-to Article: How and Why to Use Strap Buttons

Gold Strap Button from C. B. GittyHere’s another new how-to article by Ben “Gitty” Baker: how and why to use strap buttons on your cigar box guitar! Strap buttons (along with a guitar strap) are a great addition that help an instrument appeal to performing musicians. If you aren’t using them, read this article to find out why you should!

To pick up some quality strap buttons on the cheap, head over to C. B. Gitty and check out their selection!