The Gitty Gang Show #68 – Veterans Day Episode

Did you miss The Gitty Gang Show this past Friday? No worries. We’ve got you covered. Here’s the entire video for your viewing pleasure, plus some time stamps for you to get to the most important segments in the show. Continue reading “The Gitty Gang Show #68 – Veterans Day Episode”

These New Resonator Cones Are Perfect For Cigar Box Guitars

C. B. Gitty Hubcap Resonator Cone

Have you seen the new Hubcap Resonator Cones from C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply? If you’re a maker or tinkerer, you’ll  find these cones interesting because things like this always get you thinking – what other common items could be re-purposed and re-thought in innovative ways?

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The Art of the Double Neck Cigar Box Guitar (Pt. 2)

If one neck is awesome, two necks are even better!  We continue our weekly double-neck cigar box guitar feature with this great build from 2010 by Cigar Box Nation member, Phil Delpierre.  It features a diddley bow neck that was made with two dowel rods (similar to John Lowe’s Lowebow cigar box guitars) and a three string neck on the other.  Note the curled forks which serve as trapese tailpieces.  Continue reading “The Art of the Double Neck Cigar Box Guitar (Pt. 2)”

Vintage Homemade Bass & Lap Steel [the Legacy of Our Instruments]



I recently purchased this Beatle bass and mahogany lap steel guitar from two different sources.  I got them because I have a fascination with homemade instruments, cigar box and otherwise.  These two are prime examples of a person wanting a very specific instrument to play and then taking it upon themselves to build their own.

The tragedy of this story is that neither builder signed their work. Continue reading “Vintage Homemade Bass & Lap Steel [the Legacy of Our Instruments]”

Junk Pickin’ and Dumpster Diving for Cigar Box Guitar Parts


The art of the junkyard pick…

The beauty of rusty things…

These make up some of the most exciting parts of cigar box guitar building.  It’s not just about putting a stick through a box.  No, it can be a lot more, especially when you challenge yourself to use as many discarded materials as possible.

Ben Baker has spent a lot of time combing the junk shops and strange alleyways, looking for inspiration.  He’s written a great two-part series on junking and guitar building:

Gitty’s Guide to Junkin’ and Pickin’ for Cigar Box Guitar Building