CDA Ramirez
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  • Modesto, CA
  • United States
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How did you learn about Cigar Box Nation?
Through Shane Speal's YouTube Page
How many instruments have you built so far?
I don't build CBGs, I upgrade or modify, but only play.
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here (at least one sentence long), your membership may be rejected as a spam/bot fake account).
I have been playing since I was 13 years old. My dad bought me a Les Paul copy (gold top) and I haven't looked back since. Then life happened and I just kind of let the passion fade over the years.

I was doing a YouTube search and came across a fellow named Richard Johnston. I saw this video of him playing a Lowebow and that is when the tiny spark of passion began.

I ended up seeing another video done by Red Dog guitars, and that is the second step to where I am today. The third and final step was when I saw a video of this guy named Hollow Belly, that was to video (Mark of Cain) that pushed me into the crazy and awesome world of Cigar Box Guitars.

Today I am the proud owner of 7 CBGs and the movement has ignited the passion of music back into my bones. I don't really have room to build in our tiny apartment, but I do modify my CBGs with different bridges, stings, and tuners.

I guess you can say that folks like Hollow Belly, Shane Speal and others have removed the fog from my mind and heart, and now I am here on the West Coast of California and getting serious about building a website ( That will be focused on the day to day life on one person's journey into the cigar box guitar movement. I am also working on writing songs, something I haven't done for years, and plan to take my CBGs to the public here in California.

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At 5:29am on December 25, 2016, Derek Rose said…

Cool story song on the Christmas album, good ferocious guitar too. Merry Christmas!


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