Gary Copeland (Spence’s Rye)

Musical styles: Americana, folk, Appalachian stomp
Handmade instruments played: cigar box guitar, banjo, fiddle

As far back as he can remember, music has been part of Gary Copeland’s life. Gary sings and plays music steeped in rich tradition, bellowing the heavy sounds of Appalachia. And the roots of his musical history run deep as the coal mines in his home state of West Virginia. Continue reading “Gary Copeland (Spence’s Rye)”

Gibson’s Guitar Truss Rod Patent from 1923 – US Patent #1446758

In this series of posts, we feature various U. S. patents from the last 150 years, which were either historically significant in the development of modern musical instruments and instrument-building methods, or which present something interesting or just plain cool. We hope that these historical curiosities will help give cigar box guitar builders some context for their work, and hopefully also provide some inspiration. Continue reading “Gibson’s Guitar Truss Rod Patent from 1923 – US Patent #1446758”

Gitty Gang Theme Song Tablature for 3-string Cigar Box Guitar

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The tablature in the PDF link below will show you exactly how to play the melody and chords for the Gitty Gang Theme Song! The song is a variation on the classic Boogie in G blues progression, with lyrics and arrangement by Ben Gitty. This tablature is arranged for 3-string Open G “GDG” tuning.

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If you need some help with this style of tablature, here’s a video where Glenn Watt shows you how to read it

Gitty’s Guide to Junkin’ and Pickin’ for Cigar Box Guitar Building – Part 1

This is Part 1 of a series of two articles, in which Ben “C. B. Gitty” Baker shares some of what he has learned about buying cool old vintage items (ie: junk) for making homemade instruments.

C. B. Gitty owner Ben Baker checking price tags carefully

I am pretty much a newcomer to junking, picking, thrifting, yardsale-ing and the like.

Though I grew up poor and most of my clothes and toys were secondhand, it is only since getting into making cigar box guitars and other handmade instruments that I have begun to appreciate the value of junk stores, thrift stores, yard sales and to a lesser extent antique stores. Continue reading “Gitty’s Guide to Junkin’ and Pickin’ for Cigar Box Guitar Building – Part 1”

Gitty’s Guide to Junkin’ and Pickin’ for Cigar Box Guitar Building – Part 2

This is Part 2 of a series of two articles, in which Ben “C. B. Gitty” Baker shares some of what he has learned about buying cool old vintage items (ie: junk) for making homemade instruments.

In the Part 1 of this article, I discussed the sorts of things I look out for when junkin’ and pickin’, as well as the sorts of places I go to do it – the What and the Where. In this part of the article, I focus more on on the “How” – the way I go about picking. They are still under development, but they are working for now. I have never been a big fan of negotiating prices and dickering, but I have been working on it – so that affects some of these general thoughts. Everyone is different and these methods may not work for you, but I hope some people are able to gain something from it. Continue reading “Gitty’s Guide to Junkin’ and Pickin’ for Cigar Box Guitar Building – Part 2”

Glenn Kaiser

Musical Styles: Blues, Rock, R&B, Christian Rock, Originals

Handmade Instruments Played: diddley-bow, cigar box guitar

At the young age of 12, this Wisconsin youth became active in the Milwaukee music scene. So active, in fact, that before having reached 19 years of age, Glenn had played in more than 12 bands and had already led two. Continue reading “Glenn Kaiser”