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Jerome Graille returns with 30 iconic riffs played on a 4-string cigar box guitar.  From Dick Dale to Ozzy Osbourne to Michael Jackson...he covers them all!

Guitar Builder's Quest: Find the Essence of Blues
I stepped into my woodshop with the goal of capturing struggle, poverty and The Blues within the artistic side of cigar box guitar building.  I put a cd of Crying Sam Collins & His Gitfiddle (originally recorded in 1931) and started scanning my parts bins for mean and deadly looking parts.
 
Crying Sam was demanding something creaky, out-of-tune (as often was his guitar) and poverty-stricken.  This instrument needed to be 100% lo-fi and trashy.  
 
On the shelf in my woodshop, I have a stack of 5-inch mini baking pans from the 1950's.  These little metal pieces make wonderful cigar box dobro cones. 
 
And then I heard something coming from the stereo...
'Cus I ain't got no lovin' baby now.
I'd rather see my coffin come rollin' in my door.
Hear my woman say, that she don't want me no more, Lord.
I ain't got no lovin' baby now.
 
 

Featured Instrument: "Fuente Fiddle"
This artistic cigar box violin was handmade by Tim Fleischer of Columbus, OH (profile link warning: music automatically plays).  He created this using $40 in parts found on eBay.  Fleischer says, "I felt this created no more of a challenge than a [cigar box guitar]."  
 
Below are three photos of the building process.  More photos here.

VIDEO:  Master Blues Teacher, Keni Lee Burgess discusses cigar box guitar stringing & tuning

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