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How to Build This Shabby Chic Lap Steel Guitar
"I got the urge to build something new, so I went into my woodshop and challenged myself to make something within one hour.  The time restriction made the project even more interesting and added an element of excitement."  See the Video + Photos & Instructions >>

Huntsville Cigar Box Guitar Festival lineup announced!!!  We have all the info!
The Cigar Box Guitar Festival at Lowe Mill in Huntsville AL returns June 2 & 3, 2017 with ten acts appearing over the two days.  This is the longest running cigar box guitar fest and is proudly sponsored by C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply.  
The 2017 fest also features instrument building workshops and a full marketplace of cigar box guitar vendors.
 
Headliners include Hymn For Her, Microwave Dave and Edward David Anderson.   Read more >>

New developments in cigar box guitar fretboards 
Cigar Box Nation sponsor, C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply has just launched two innovative cigar box guitar fretboards last week: The Acrylic Fretboard and Peel & Stick Fret Markers.
 
The Clear Acrylic cigar box guitar fretboard ($7.99 each) features laser etched fret lines and screw holes that double as fret dot markers. What makes these slide-only fretboards so innovative is their ability to double as "art frames," enabling builders to put photos, painted scenes and other artwork underneath. 
 
The fretboard pictured above features reprints of Blind Lemon Jefferson newspaper ads embedded under the acrylic.
 
The Peel-and-Stick Clear Fretboard Decals (5 pack for $4.99) give builders an affordable and quick way to add 25" scale lines and dots to fretless cigar box guitar necks.  
These sticker frets are especially helpful for educators who are teaching cigar box guitar building classes and need a way to speed up the process.

Lowebows for The Reverend:
John Lowe's heartfelt fundraiser
After spending weeks in the ICU, we are happy to report that Rev. KM Williams has been moved to rehab.  The good reverend has only asked for prayers, but legendary cigar box guitar builder, John Lowe has stepped up to help the Williams Family financially as well.  Read more >>

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5-pack Clear Peel & Stick Fretboard Decals - 25-inch Scale

5-pack Clear Peel & Stick Fretboard Decals - 25-inch Scale

Marking your slide cigar box guitar neck with fret locations has never been easier. Just peel off the backing, snug the front edge up against your nut, and push it down onto the neck. Voila, you've got a perfectly exact 18-fret 25-inch scale marked out o..

Price: $4.99

Clear Acrylic Cigar Box Guitar Fretboard - A new way to customize your CBG!

Clear Acrylic Cigar Box Guitar Fretboard - A new way to customize your CBG!

Designed by the mad scientists of the Gitty Laboratories, Jason Munoz and Ben "Gitty" Baker (and based on an idea from Shane Speal), these acrylic fretboards bring endless pos..

Price: $7.99

"Boardwalk Series" Colorful Soprano Ukuleles - Hand-made in the USA - choose your favorite!

"Boardwalk Series" Colorful Soprano Ukuleles - Hand-made in the USA - choose your favorite!

These beautiful little ukes were designed and built by hand right here in the C. B. Gitty workshop in New Hampshire, USA. We engrave each one with a unique design, then use the finest pigment-based dyes to give them a bright, colorful lasting finish. The result ..

Price: $99.99

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