In this post, Glenn Watt seeks to provide you with inspiration and support that will help improve your game when it comes to Cigar Box Guitars by presenting his 4 pillars of success when it comes to building; Ideation, Creation, Development and Iteration.
Here’s a little inspiration from The King of the Cigar Box Guitar.
In this Cigar Box Nation TV episode (originally broadcast August 18, 2016) Glenn Watt and Ben Gitty talk about the importance (and value) of failure as a necessary part of the journey towards success, and Farley shows off some of her favorite failures (successes-to-be).
Shane Speal performs his jazzy acoustic version of the Beatles’ classic, Norwegian Wood. He’s using a simple 3-string side cigar box guitar, the same one he’s been performing with since 1996.
…and no, we don’t have TABs for this yet. Maybe somebody should get on that.
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)”
Way back in 2010, CigarBoxNation.com ran a contest that challenged their members to make the wildest double neck cigar box guitars. We’re stepping back in time to take a look at some of the standouts and give some inspiration for modern builders. Continue reading “The Art of the Double-Neck Cigar Box Guitar (Pt. 1)”
Shane Speal has been selling cigar box guitars for over two decades. Here he shows us his “secret weapon” for getting more sales. Spoiler: It’s a Roland MicroCube amp
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]”
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:
In the pantheon of great guitar makers, Ed Stilley’s work stands alone like a castaway on its own musical island. Imperfect, bizarre and some even un-tunable to the modern equal temperament scale, his crudely made stringed instruments would make the most adventurous guitar collector shudder. Continue reading “The Fascinating World of Ed Stilley’s Guitars”
Watch the video and learn more about Charles’ work here: