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How to Build a 3-String Cigar Box Guitar

Follow these simple steps towards building your own cigar-box guitar! Remember, the number one rule of building a cigar box guitar is: “There are no rules!” Just have fun with it, but be careful… Once you’ve built one, you’ll want to build another. It’s addictive!

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Make a 2x4 Lap Steel Guitar - EASY project!

This is one of the easiest homemade guitars I've ever built, and it took me only an hour to make.

This lap steel was made from an extra 2x4 I had in my shed, with just a few saw cuts to the wood. I even used a pre-wired acoustic sound hole pickup, so there was no wiring needed.

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Build This Electric Kazoo in 3 Minutes!

Give your kazoo more power!  Shane Speal shows you how in this quick video.

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How to Build a Cigar Box Guitar - THE SIMPLIFIED PLANS!

This free 8-page guide will show you all of the steps needed to build your first 3-string slide Cigar Box Guitar. The guide makes it easy, outlining all of the parts and tools you will need (along with helpful hints on where to get them), and with clear, photo-illustrated instructions on how to assemble your instrument.

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How to Make Cable-Tie Frets

I was looking for a way to mark out the frets on a lap steel I'm building and thought this might be of some use to others building any type of fretless guitar.

After marking out and cutting the slots like I would do if using fret wire, I used a hacksaw to widen the slots out to hold a 4" plastic cable tie. The hacksaw blade was the perfect size.

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Imagine a Race to the Top and Loving Every Minute of It

...What was unboxed was a Possibly Divisive guitar. This Possibly Divisive guitar has made the rounds of other Social Cigar Box Circles on the internet. And among the tunes that the Possibly Divisive guitar has played, one is a Race to the Bottom, and another is a Race to the Top.

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Also featured this week:

2015 Cigar Box Nation Christmas Album - a call for submissions!

VIDEO - How to Mount a Thick Pickup on a Cigar Box Guitar - Cigar Box Nation founder, Shane Speal shows how to reinforce the neck when using regular guitar pickups.

VIDEO - How to Install a Piezo Rod & Pre-Amp in a Cigar Box Guitar - Give your cigar box guitar a more professional live sound with this simple piezo and pickup.

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