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Clarksdale Fest kicks off annual cigar box guitar building season!  Let's build! Let's rock!

A note from Cigar Box Nation founder, Shane Speal
Welcome to the end of Summer and the beginning of Cigar Box Guitar Building Season.  This is the time of year when we raid our box hoards (mine is pictured above) and start building guitars to sell and give away at Christmas.  
Now is the time to stock up on parts and plan your builds.  As many of us have learned, having completed cigar box guitars done in October is a perfect way to 'prime the pump' on Craigslist, Facebook and whatever social media you use to sell your instruments.
Lesson 1: Always Build In Bulk
Check out my video tutorial on how to Maximize Your Cigar Box Guitar Building along with Shane's Essential List of Bulk Parts  below to help you in your planning. 
But hey, it's not just about building.  It's also about ROCKING OUT!  The much anticipated Clarksdale Mississippi Cigar Box Guitar Fest is this weekend, featuring legends, Super Chikan and Ben Prestage as co-headliners!  
Scroll down already and dig in!  
Shane

Video Tutorial:  Maximize your CBG Building
From buying parts in bulk to building necks, bodies and pickups in batches, Shane shows you how he built thousands of well-playing cigar box guitars over the years.  
Extra:  Shane's essential parts (and how to save big money in bulk!)

Every fret template, from Uke to Bass... all in one Mega Pack!  Save over FORTY BUCKS...
Build cigar box guitars in every scale length!  This set includes all of our acrylic fretting scale templates, from the soprano ukulele at 13 inches to the full-size Fender bass at 34 inches. Separately these would cost you over $200, but we offer them here at a serious savings!
See the full list of scales and all the details:

Ben Prestage & Super Chikan:  Greatest CBG Fest headliners ever?
Clarksdale Mississippi Cigar Box Guitar Festival
THIS Weekend!!! Sponsored by C. B. Gitty
Dates: Friday, Sept. 22 through Sunday, Sept. 24
 
Location:  
The New Roxy
363 Issaquena Ave
Clarksdale, Mississippi
The lineup for the first annual Clarksdale Cigar Box Guitar Festival is one of the best we've ever seen! Ben Prestage, Johnny Lowebow, Blues Royalty Super Chikan, Bill Abel, Watermelon Slim, Deak Harp, Steve Arvey, Matthew J and Jimbo Mack, John Nickel, Stovepipe Perkins, RL Superbad, Blues Boy Jag, Oneil Blues and Joni Bishop!!! 
Get your tickets here:

If you can't make it but still want to help support the festival, check out their GoFundMe fundraiser here - proceeds help pay the performers!

Clarksdale Fest special:  Super Chikan & Ben Prestage videos!!!
Above:  James "Super Chikan" Johnson shows off his homemade, fretless guitar. Although the instrument sports six strings, he still refers to it as a diddley bow because of the simple construction, lack of frets and the fact that he plays it with a slide. >>Watch the video!

Clarksdale co-headliner is captured on video crankin' out Son House's "Preachin' Blues" on a double-neck Lowebow cigar box guitar.  >>Witness this blues powerhouse.

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