“Apache” is an instrumental piece written in 1960 by Jerry Lordan. Since it’s inception it has been recorded by numerous artists over the years, including; The incredible Bonjo Band, The Shadows and The Sugarhill Gang.
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Shane Speal shows you how to play Albert King’s
Born Under a Bad Sign on 3-string Open GDG slide guitar.
Everything you need to know about using the “Open A” A-E-A tuning on your 3-string cigar box guitar.
This article gives you the exact strings to use to achieve this tuning on a cigar box guitar (or other instrument) that has a scale length in the range of 24.5 to 25.5 inches.
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Everything you need to know about using the “Open D” D-A-D tuning on your 3-string cigar box guitar.
After the GDG “Open G” tuning, the next most popular on 3-string cigar box guitars is probably DAD “Open D”. This tuning actually shows up, in part, on standard 6-string guitars, in the alternate “DADGAD” tuning. The lower-pitch versions of this tuning really have a low, bassy feel because of that big low D string, so it can be a very interesting option for cigar box guitar builders.
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The Open E tuning is not seen as often as the more popular GDG and DAD tunings, but it is a great alternative for cigar box guitar players, especially if you are playing a lot of blues. Shane Speal used this tuning on his
recent album Holler!, on the track Big Leg Woman/Swing the Hammer.
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Of all of the three-string cigar box guitar tunings, the most popular is probably the G D G open G tuning. Featured on many how-to-play videos on YouTube and CigarBoxNation.com, this tuning has become the de facto standard for 3-string slide blues.
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No fancy tools required to make this awesome headstock for your cigar box guitar
By Glenn Watt
Thanks to craftswoman Farley Andresen for the demonstrating the work No fancy tools required to make this awesome headstock for your cigar box guitar
Cigar box is in the name, but the neck is what turns the box into a cigar box guitar.
And the headstock – the part of the neck that anchors your tuning pegs – is a critical component to getting, and keeping, your CBG fully functional. Continue reading “A Step-by-Step Guide On How To Make a Straight Headstock”
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.
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Josh Gayou of Smokehouse Guitars created this 179-page guide back in 2010, and decided to give it away for free to the cigar box guitar community. In it, he covers some of the more advanced techniques involved in building a high-end solid-body 6-string electric guitar using a cigar box body.
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Learn now to play both the melody and chords for Amazing Grace on 3-string Open GDG Cigar Box Guitars.
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This tablature will show you exactly how to play the melody and chords for the hymn
Amazing Grace on 4-string cigar box guitars tuned to Open G GDGB.
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Learn how to play America the Beautiful on your 3-string Open GDG Cigar Box Guitar! Presented here are two versions of the melody, each in a different key, as well as a version that includes chords.
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This is the the popular Scottish New Year’s celebration song Auld Lang Syne, as arranged and tabbed by
Glenn Watt. Glenn has created two versions of the tab – the first one is just the basic melody lines, and the second adds some chord accompaniment.
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In this article we present two easy-to learn versions of the popular Vietnam War era song “Ballad of Green Berets”. One version has the basic melody, while the other has some chord accompaniment.
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“Battle Hymn of the Republic” or “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory” was written by Julia Ward Howe during the first year of the American Civil War. Like many Folk songs of the time, the music was appropriated from another classic folk song, “John Brown’s Body”.
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