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How to Make a Cornstalk Fiddle - from 1886

PHOTO:  Corn Stalk Fiddle, 1899. L. 30 cm, Diam. 2 cm From The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889 via the Metropolitan Museum Of Art "During the summer, the children woul… View »

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2017 New Orleans Cigar Box Guitar Festival Benefactors 2 Comments

Photos by Kim Welsh.  Posted to Facebook.  See her entire photo set here. This is the list of the people who contributed to the fundraiser to save the 2017 New Orleans Cigar Box Guitar Festival. Due… View »

Weirdest Instruments of 2016

From shotgun guitars to steamroller music boxes, Cigar Box Nation takes a look back at the weirdest and most unique instruments of 2016! View »

2016 Cigar Box Nation Christmas Album 36 Comments

The 2016 Cigar Box Nation Christmas Album is now available! Comprised entirely of songs recorded and submitted by CBN members, and made freely available to all. This album was organized by Nation me… View »

Chasing Steam - a documentary by Shane Speal

The city of York PA enjoys the tradition of a Christmas Eve concert performed on a 100 year old factory steam whistle.  The concert can be heard up to 12 miles away!  Speal tracked down the… View »

How to Build "The Strung Out" - a PVC and wood bass guitar contraption 1 Comment

Make Magazine originally published these plans for a great working "Strung Out" PVC bass in 2009.  We recently discovered that they archived the plans and info so that everyone could build their… View »

2015 PA Cigar Box Guitar Fest Documentary - by Culture & Main, York PA 3 Comments

WRCT-TV Community Access TV presents Culture & Main's Documentary on The PA Cigar Box Guitar Festival 2015. Culture & Main is a community supported TV station that has continually covered t… View »

How to Build a Cigar Box Violin - the historic 1940 fiddle plans 5 Comments

(by P. M. Pennel, published in Popular Homecraft Magazine, February-March 1940 issue.  Thanks to Knotlenny for the transcription.) Anyone who loves music and is handy with tools can make a ciga… View »

How to Build a 3-String Cigar Box Guitar 2 Comments

www.CigarBoxNation.com presents: How To Build A Cigar Box Guitar The classic 3-string, neck-through design. By Ivan Sucharski   -   Based on original plans by Shane Speal Follow… View »

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