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2021 Throwback Holiday Build-Off Contest!

SCROLL DOWN FOR THE RULES, BUT FIRST, READ THIS VERY IMPORTANT REMINDER: and then do this... THE 2021 THROWBACK HOLIDAY BUILD-OFF! We…

Started by Cigar Box Nation

77 Jan 1
Reply by A.D.EKER

120 Year Old Cigar Box Guitar - "The Horse's Bridle"

The following article is excerpted from the book, Making Poor Man's Guitars by Shane Speal.  We present it here as inspiration for the 202…

Started by Cigar Box Nation

0 Nov 17, 2021

Shane Speal's Wood Shop Diary: The Essence of the Blues

The story behind the "Damned if I do..." guitar by Shane Speal Last week, I stepped into my woodshop with the goal of capturing struggle,…

Started by Cigar Box Nation

4 Oct 15, 2021
Reply by MadGomer

SHANE'S CHALLENGE: Let's Do Something Cool With Gus Cannon's First Banjo

The Guy on the Left is Gus Cannon.  Let's Do Something Cool With His History... Gus Cannon was one of the very first innovators in jug ba…

Started by Cigar Box Nation

38 Oct 4, 2021
Reply by Tony Thomas MFA

Headless Guitar Project - a $100 eBay kit & Gitty pickups

Ok, so it's not a cigar box guitar... but from time to time, I love getting a cheap guitar kit from eBay and putting my own spin on it. A…

Started by Cigar Box Nation

5 Sep 23, 2021
Reply by Poorness Studios

Cigar Box Amp Mods

by Shane Speal I'm an electronics idiot.  There, I said it!  I suck when it comes to soldering and breadboards and all that crap.  I could…

Started by Cigar Box Nation

14 Sep 17, 2021
Reply by RTZGUITARS

Free PDF Download: Vintage Guitar Effects Plans - 1967 Fuzzbox and 1969 Treble Boost

These vintage plans from Popular Electronics Magazine have launched thousands of garage bands over the years.  In 1967, they first publish…

Started by Cigar Box Nation

3 Aug 21, 2021
Reply by BrianQ.

VIDEO: What's the Deal With Speal: The Brutal Baritone Cigar Box Guitar!

Get all the details on Shane's brutal 3-string baritone guitar.  Scroll down past the video to see more photos! Thanks to all who sent in…

Started by Cigar Box Nation

3 Aug 13, 2021
Reply by Mark Bliss

Ben Gitty's Simple-Build 2x4 Instruments

After spending months developing the new 2x4 Lap Steel Kit, Ben "Gitty" Baker started to consider other uses for simple 2x4 planks and cam…

Started by Cigar Box Nation

10 Jul 31, 2021
Reply by Glenn Kaiser

Discussion: Toothpick Frets?

My supervisor has asked me to build him a CBG, which I'm only too happy to do.  Thing is, my first two I used metal frets which were a roy…

Started by Habanera Hal

26 Jul 26, 2021
Reply by Paul

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