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VIDEO - The Incredible Guitar Builders at a Refugee Camp in Malawi

There's been many discussions about the best tools to use when making cigar box guitars, but this video is guaranteed to humble any builder.  Filmed in 2012, the video, Guitar Maker at Dzalaka Refugee Camp, Malawi shows refugees making great, playable guitars out of chunks of discarded wood and the most basic tools available.

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Cigar Box Nation Member, Christopher Ameruoso Rocks a CBG With Jose Feliciano

So this just totally happened last week...  Cigar Box Nation member, Christopher Ameruoso joined guitar legend, Jose Feliciano on stage to rock out some Elvis.  And of course, Ameruoso brought along one of his trusty cigar box guitars.  Here's just a glimpse:

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HISTORIC VIDEO: A Young Frank Zappa Performs on a Musical Bicycle with Steve Allen

It's not a cigar box guitar, but it sure is strange enough for us to study...  In 1963, Frank Zappa appeared on the Steve Allen show to perform a completely avant garde music on various parts of a bicycle, including using a violin bow on the spokes.

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How to Ground a Pickup On a Cigar Box Guitar - by Chickenbone John

Safely Using Pallets as a Wood Source for Guitars (external link)

Have you ever thought about reclaiming the wood from an old shipping pallet in your next instrument build?  Cigar Box Nation's Ben "Gitty" Baker goes over the chemicals and other nasties that can be found in some pallets and tells you what to look for.

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How to Make a 2x4 Lap Steel Guitar

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. Anybody can build this lap steel guitar!

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