One man band?
Dan DiMarco of Keswick, Ontario Canada built this ingenious washboard guitar with many of the same characteristics of a cigar box guitar.
We just love how the neck goes through the top of the washboard and continues past the top lip. DiMarco put enough room in the hole for the strings to pass and vibrate freely.
"it is 25.5 scale fretted oak neck walnut fret board. I [ran the neck] through the washboard for stability. A piezo pickup hot glued in a beer bottle cap for sound and less static it seems to give more of that old time sound. And I brought the strings through the body. The washboard was at an Antique store just out of town for just making this guitar."
DiMarco makes a good point about crafting a good piezo pickup sound. These little round contact mics can often sound too brittle or have too much treble. Embedding them in hot glue is one good way to take the tone. Do you have secrets to share about wiring up piezo pickups...or do you need help? Click thru to these Cigar Box Nation groups and join the discussions:
Your Cheatin’ Heart by Hank Williams – arranged by Glenn Watt
Blowin’ in the Wind by Bob Dylan – arranged by Ben “C. B. Gitty.” Baker
Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen - arranged by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker
Home on the Range - arranged by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker
She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain - arranged by Ben C. B. Gitty Baker
The possibilities of the cigar box guitar took a quantum leap ahead today as C. B. Gitty introduces 3 and 4 string versions of the Strat hardtail bridge. Many builders have modified 6-string hardtails before, but a stock 3 or 4 string just hadn't been available until now.
Gitty is offering the Hardtail Bridges at low prices
3-String Hardtail just $11.49
(Quantity Discount: buy 10 or more for just $10.49 each!)
4-String Hardtail just $13.99
(Quantity Discount: buy 10 or more for just $12.99 each!)