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VIDEO: Songs Inside the Box, the Cigar Box Guitar Documentary

The award winning 2008 Max Shores documentary, Songs Inside the Box is now free to view below!   The concert and interviews were all filme…

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VIDEO: April Mae & the Junebugs "That Syncopated Boogie Boo"

April Mae and the Junebugs are back with a wild Halloween album, Boogie Boo! (Purchase here) Inspired by the magic and mystery of Hallowee…

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VIDEO: Witness the 36-String Bass Guitar - yes, it's playable!

Youtuber, Davie504 specializes in unusual bass guitar videos.  In his latest post, he has unveiled the 36 string bass, an outrageously mas…

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Fretting Tip: Shovel Handle Fretting with Coat Hanger Frets by Scott McGilliard

This was for a shovel handle two string cigar box bass guitar. Sand the top side of the shovel handle so it's slightly flattened. Mark th…

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com

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A Better Acoustic Pickup for Cigar Box Guitar: How I Install a Piezo Rod & Preamp

Get the most out of your acoustic/electric cigar box guitars with an inexpensive piezo rod & preamp unit.  In this video, I show a simp…

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com

10 Oct 14
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Piezo Secrets from Cigar Box Nation Members

Your Favorite Piezo Tips & Tricks!    Piezo Tip:  "Like a Stomp Box in Your Hands..." With Four Piezos by Chick Who Tinkers I u…

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com

10 Oct 12
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PDF Download: How to Tie Fret Knots - a Traditional Way of Fretting

Fret Not: The Fret Knot is Back by Peter Hoover "An idea centuries old has returned..." PDF Scan from Mugwumps Magazine, Vol 3. No. 6, Nov…

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com

23 Oct 11
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VIDEOS: How to Make Copper Wire Frets on a Cigar Box Guitar

In my upcoming book, Poor Man's Guitar, I explore the building techniques and history behind many antique homemade guitars in my collectio…

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com

7 Oct 9
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"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

8 Oct 3
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EASY TUTORIAL VIDEO : How to Make Marquetry-Style Fingerboards (Multi-Colored Wood)

From the "Why Didn't I Think of That" Department... In this easy tutorial video, Louie LaManna shows how to take two different woods (in t…

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com

3 Sep 13
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