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Playing Slide with a Pocketknife - Mance Lipscomb Captured on Film

Mance Lipscomb was an American blues singer, guitarist and songster. Lipscomb spent most of his life working as a tenant farmer in Texas an…

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com

6 yesterday
Reply by Jeffrey Warren Park

How to Play 4-String Cigar Box Guitar by Shane Speal

Sponsored by the C. B. Gitty Tupelo Tenor 4-string Box Guitar Kit We cover a lot of 3-string lessons on Cigar Box Nation, but with so many…

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com

6 Apr 4
Reply by PEP

How to Mount Humbuckers + Sound Demo of "Toaster Bucker" pickups

Adding a screaming humbucker pickup to a traditional neck-through cigar box guitar is as easy as glueing on a piece of scrap wood and notc…

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com

3 Apr 2
Reply by Paul Craig

The "Anti-Body Guitar" by David Hopkins

The Anti-Body Guitar by David Hopkins "About a year ago, I had about 2 dozen cigar boxes that I needed to clean out.  I didn't want to thr…

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com

10 Mar 31
Reply by Ducati Scotty

"Hot Wire Guitar" - Insane Electric Cigar Box Guitar Plans from 1919

A special thanks to John "Reddog" McNair for sharing these plans.   We have archived many historic DIY instrument plans, but this one-str…

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com

7 Mar 10
Reply by Steven Bruce

Jerome Graille's Bluesy Cover of AC/DC's "Hard as a Rock" on Cigar Box Guitar

Hello, here is another cover of ACDC...but I love this band and all the riffs of this group are really great at the cigar box. Maybe Angus…

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com

4 Mar 10
Reply by Paul Craig

VIDEO LESSON: How to Play the FUNK on 3-string Cigar Box Guitar

You guys wanted the funk? Well, I got da funk! Here's my favorite little funk riffs on 3-string, Open G cigar box guitar. Make sure you're…

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com

5 Mar 9
Reply by Robert Stapleton

PDF DOWNLOAD: How to Build a Hurdy Gurdy

"Build a Hurdy Gurdy" by Bart Brush from Mugwumps Magazine, March 1974   A note from Shane:  In researching various obscure musical instr…

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com

7 Feb 25
Reply by mitch jones

PHOTOS: Ed Stilley 5-String Banjo Discovered - Hidden Wind Chimes Inside!

An Ed Stilley 5-string banjo has just been discovered by musician and Stilley historian, Kelly Mulhollan of Still on the Hill.  It is one…

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com

1 Feb 24
Reply by Wade

New Ed Stilley Museum Exhibit + VIDEO - Still on the Hill play Cigar Box Nation Member's Tribute Guitar

A new museum exhibit of prophetic instrument builder, Ed Stilley has just opened at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale, Arka…

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com

0 Feb 22

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