Contrary to popular thought, cigar box guitars did not die out with the onset of better quality instruments and CAD/CAM technology. Modern electric cigar box guitars, courtesy of Bill Jehle. Magazine. Learn how to easily make a cigar box guitar using scrounged materials. Mark Frauenfelder is a research director at Institute for the Future, the founding editor-in-chief of Make magazine, the co-founder of Boing Boing, the editor-in-chief of Cool Tools. The cigar box guitar is a primitive chordophone that uses an empty cigar box as a resonator. New York: Scribner. ISBN 0-87923-449-0. Jump up Nancy LeBrun, The Cigar Box Guitar Maker, Craftsmanship Magazine, summer 2015.
Shane Speal is the self-proclaimed King of the Cigar Box Guitar. After playing guitar for years, Jag discovered cigar box guitars through a Make magazine article on how to build one. Homemade guitars and the history of the cigar box guitar. How to Build a 3-String Cigar Box Guitar – EASY plans Eight-page set of plans walks you through building a simple but fully playable 3-string cigar box guitar from scratch. Enos Banjo plans were written by Boy Scouts founder Daniel Carter Beard for a childrens magazine.
Usually consisting of a stick, an old cigar box, some random hardware, and whatever strings are lying around, cigar box guitars are some of the simplest, cheapest, and easiest musical instruments you can build. I considered her creations unique until someone recently asked me if I had ever seen a cigar box guitar. The closest example that I could recall was the aforementioned craft creations so I did a bit of research, and the following story is the result. 3,4,6 string hand made guitars form cigar boxes. Arkansas Life Magazine 2013.
Songs Inside The Box, The Cigar Box Guitar Documentary
Custom-Made Cigar Box Guitars Amps-Delta Instruments-Bottleneck Slides. Living Blues Magazine. Six years ago, when Mike Orr made his first cigar box guitar, he wasn’t thinking about beginning a second career. He came across cigar box guitars while surfing the Internet one day, and decided to make one as a Christmas gift for his son. The King of the Cigar Box Guitar Shane Speal talks about the old-timey instrument and the Pennsylvania Cigar Box Guitar Festival. Brendan Polak picks out a tune on the cigar box guitar he bought from the US and which inspired him to start making his own versions of the instrument. OKC musician Kyle Reid plugs into history and explores low-tech sound by building his own guitars from cigar boxes. This issue: Violins, Pedals, Cigar Box Guitars, and more drums. You never know what treasures can be found in workshops and woodsheds tucked away in BC.