Learn how to play Willie Nelson’s On The Road Again on your 3-string cigar box guitar and 2-string bass with the free tablature in this post. Continue reading “How to Play On The Road Again by Willie Nelson – Free 2 & 3-string tab”
If you have been unsure of how to make use of the cigar box guitar chord forms we’ve been adding to the knowledgebase here on CigarBoxGuitar.com, this document is for you! In this 3-page illustrated PDF we walk you through how to interpret the chord forms so that you can put them to use in your playing. Continue reading “How to Read and Use Chord Forms for Cigar Box Guitars”
In this video, Ben “C. B. Gitty” Baker and Glenn Watt show you the basics of getting your cigar box guitar in tune. Both tuning “by ear” and using a digital tuner is covered, so even if you have no experience with musical instruments or tuning, this video will help you get started. At the end of the video, Ben and Glenn even do a little bit of jamming with their newly-tuned cigar box guitars. Continue reading “How to Tune a 3-string Cigar Box Guitar to Open G GDG”
In this video, Ben “Gitty” Baker and Glenn Watt show you how a simple capacitor can help you get the most out of your piezo pickup. Continue reading “How to Use Capacitors with Piezo pickups in Cigar Box Guitars”
Hard-tail bridges are a must-have piece of hardware for building professional-level electric guitars and cigar box guitars. This article walks you through the different styles and varieties, as well as how to install them on your special build.
What are Hard-tail Bridges?
Hard-tail bridges are pieces of hardware often seen on solid body electric guitars. They combine bridges and saddles in such a way that the intonation and string action (height over the fretboard) can easily be adjusted post-install. These styles of bridges are best known from Fender’s Stratocaster™ electric guitars.
Because of how they are made, hard-tail bridges work best when used with magnetic pickups (the sort seen on solidbody electric guitars) as opposed to piezo-style pickups. They help with achieving a professional intonation, maintaining a nice low string action, and increasing sustain (due to their solid metal construction).
Some hard-tail bridges also include openings for pickups such as Fender-style single coils and humbuckers. The basic versions just have the bridge and saddle components.
Although they are best known for use on solid body electrics, hard-tail bridges also work great for cigar box guitars. There are now 3 and 4-string varieties available, which make them even more suitable for electric cigar box guitars that have magnetic pickups.
Varieties of Hard-tail Bridges
Learn about the “sealed-gear” varieties of guitar tuners/machine heads, and some useful tips, tricks and advice on how to use them properly.
What are Sealed-Gear Tuners?
They are designed so that the mechanical gears of the tuner are sealed into the base, as opposed to open-gear tuners where the worm and pinion gears are visible.
What are Strap Buttons?
A strap allows the instrument to hang from the musician’s shoulders, making it more comfortable to hold and play, especially when standing up.
While strap buttons are optional on a guitar, including them will make the instrument much more appealing to a person used to performing on stage, and can lend more of a professional, finished look and feel. We recommend that builders always put them on their cigar box guitars. Continue reading “How to Use Strap Buttons”
Musical styles: Blues, Country, Psychedelic, Punk, Originals
Handmade instruments played: Cigar Box Guitars, Lowebow
Lucy Tight and Wayne Waxing, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, are the married couple that makes up the two-piece band that is Hymn for Her.
Continue reading “Hymn for Her”