October 2014 Blog Posts (18)

Weird Musical Instruments - An appreciation

The Shane Speal Newsletter:  Shane films new documentary on the World's Loudest Acoustic Concert + TOUR DATES for the next three weeks

Weird Musical Instruments: An Appreciation

Ever since I built my first cigar box guitar in 1993, I've searched…

Added by Shane Speal shanespeal.com on October 29, 2014 at 10:41am — 1 Comment

Nessessity the mutha of invention

I love the creativity and inginuity of the folks that call this place home.  The first cbg's  seem to have been made out of the only available materials.  I was wondering if anyone would be interested in a minimalist build challenge.  Rules and such outta be determined by greater minds than me. Just a thought from a rookie. 

Added by Brown Water Jerry (Rice) on October 26, 2014 at 7:05am — 2 Comments

Kids kit for self assembly.

This is a simple kit I´m perfecting with a friend so we can do workshops with kids so they can personalize and assemble a working…


Added by Paulo Renato de Jesus Gonçalves on October 23, 2014 at 5:23pm — 11 Comments

SNAKE OIL FANS RULE - Shane Speal News

Shane Speal's Snake Oil Band

Love for our crazed fans, upcoming shows + the newest cigar box guitars for this week!

They Wouldn't Let Us Leave!

(The world of rabid Snake Oil fans)

Snake Oil fan, Kurt B. snapped this photo Tuesday night as Shane Speal's Snake Oil Band performed our first show…


Added by Shane Speal shanespeal.com on October 23, 2014 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Identifying the difference between Effective and ineffective thesis Statements

A thesis statement is usually explained in one sentence and appears at the end of the introductory paragraph. It must limit your subject in a single idea and emphasize something significant and specific about your topic. A thesis statement should not be a general statement of the fact; it must be incredibly focused. An effective thesis statement is specifically describing the topic you have addressed, and explain your goal…


Added by lewispaul on October 20, 2014 at 1:17am — 20 Comments


The Cigar Box Nation Newsletter for Oct. 17, 2014.  More great featured instruments, some woodshop secrets and other stuff from the Cigar Box…


Added by Shane Speal shanespeal.com on October 17, 2014 at 10:45am — No Comments

new bridge idea

I lost my bridge, I then spied the Lego box under my desk that has amused children of all ages for years.  Why not I thought so there it was right on top.

Added by Brown Water Jerry (Rice) on October 14, 2014 at 3:16pm — 7 Comments

3-string punch-box for violist

This one was a gift for a violist.  I 'finished' at 9 PM and it was gifted at 9 AM the next day.

The sound hole is a  "f" hole, the tail suggest the bridge from a string section instrument, the headstock…


Added by JL on October 14, 2014 at 9:09am — No Comments

Art of Manliness Cigar Box Guitar

Check out The Art of Manliness website this week and see the building of The Art of Manliness Cigar Box Guitar.  Check it out here: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2014/10/13/how-to-make-a-cigar-box-guitar/

Added by Tim Norman on October 14, 2014 at 8:45am — 3 Comments

Finish fret board

Should i seal the fret board before fretting?

Added by Greg Shipley on October 10, 2014 at 10:54am — 4 Comments



This, my first box purchase:

Leads to this.  My first guitar build 'round about January 2011.

Leads to this:…


Added by Bad Finger (Eric) on October 8, 2014 at 6:18pm — 6 Comments

"Cripple Creek" - A popular Old Timey & Bluegrass Tune with Lots of Verses.

The following song is in ABC music format and it should be cut-and-pasted into an ABC converter program like the "abcConverter" on Mandolintab.net. Once you submit your ABC file, the converter will produce a quick and dirty image of your musical score which is then displayed on screen. Above the music, in the center of the screen, you should…


Added by Rand Moore on October 7, 2014 at 2:45am — 1 Comment

Fretting tips and scale length height compensation etc - PLEASE HELP!!!

Dear team

After many failed attemps at fretting I am planning to try again and after some help.


1) What is the best fret wire to use?


2) What's the best scale length to use?


3) What is any string height compensation required against scale length?


4) Could I be using incorrect strings and will that make a huge difference?


What is the trick to making these work and play well?




Added by BUGGY (C) on October 6, 2014 at 5:30am — 23 Comments

Cigar Box Nation News - Featured Instrument + Lots of Cool Stuff

Featured Instrument: The Goat Skull Guitar by Tate…


Added by Shane Speal shanespeal.com on October 3, 2014 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Cigar Box Guitar Season: The Shane Speal newsletter. (Go ahead, click the link!)

Shane Speal News for Oct 1, 2014:  The season of awesome creativity + a Kickstarter campaign you should really check out.

Cigar Box Guitar Season

Pictured above is "The Speal" cigar box guitar w/P90 pickup.

Click the pic above to purchase this guitar.…


Added by Shane Speal shanespeal.com on October 2, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

Bugs Playing Tips

Here are some tips that I do

1) Pick a song and learn it, doesn't need to be difficult

2) Personalise it by slight changes or the way you do the melody

3) Negative space is just as important as positive space, stops, rhythms, breaks etc....ie not one big thrash of mush

4) Pace the song speed matters, generally faster drives the song slower gives more moody feel

5) Now play it slightly more relaxed than you usually do, but put real feeling into your…


Added by BUGGY (C) on October 2, 2014 at 2:30am — 16 Comments

Future of box availability

This may be old news to some of you, but I was told something by a Cigar shop owner that surprised me.  His shop almost always has 50 -100 empty boxes available but most are on the small size. A little small for a CBG but ok for amp, speaker, etc. I picked out 3 boxes and commented on not seeing some of the big names in the pile. He told me the companies with the nicer, larger boxes were buying them back from the stores or giving the store credit for them.  I can see this having quite an…


Added by Bill Baker on October 1, 2014 at 5:14pm — 5 Comments

New cbg build - finishing details.

This guitar has a plywood neck, IPE fretboard, oak headstock and bridge.

Finished it with shellac.

it has no decorative elements, but I might add some later:

And this is how it sounds (before the final…


Added by Paulo Renato de Jesus Gonçalves on October 1, 2014 at 4:45pm — 2 Comments

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