Join the handmade music revolution!
This is a fascinating look at the faces, places and unique instruments of the back-to-the roots handmade music movement. Cigar Box Guitars celebrates the joy of building simple stringed instruments from common materials that cost very little money. There's no "correct" way to build a CBG, so each guitar becomes a unique expression of the maker's ingenuity. Playable art!
To get you started, step-by-step instructions are provided for three different examples. Each project includes a helpful list of the materials and simple tools that were used to make the instrument. Colorful photo galleries showcasing historic and modern cigar box guitars, plus profiles of enthusiastic builders, will help inspire your own creations. 223 pages, softcover.
"We breathe life into junk and give it a voice to sing to others' hearts. For me, there is no greater thrill than that first strum of a CBG that was built by my own hand." —Shawn, Cigar Box Nation
"I'll never get tired of watching the realization set in for people when the CBG proves itself to be a real instrument capable of some fine music." —Mike Bingham, Cigar Box Nation
Contents in brief:
Introduction to cigar box guitars
Build #1: a simple fretless acoustic CBG
Photo galleries of simple and historical CBGs
Build #2: fretted 3-string CBG with piezo pickup
Photo galleries of fretted and unusual CBGs
Build #3: modern 6-string neck with electrified cigar box body Photo gallery of 6-string CBGs
Winding your own pickups
Profiles of influential CBG builders and players