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Handmade Music Factory

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By Mike Orr
Back to the roots: how to make cigar box guitars and fun low-tech instruments.

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Cigar box guitars and more! The ultimate guide to making foot-stompin' good instruments will inspire you to turn ordinary stuff like cigar boxes, cookie tins and hubcaps into cool "roots-simple" instruments. Colorfully photo-illustrated step-by-step building projects, helpful fret placement patterns and simple wiring diagrams give you a great start.

Handmade Music Factory shows you how to make low-tech guitars from recycled parts. They're simple, inexpensive, and as much fun to make as they are to play! There's no end to the funky creativity you can add.

"Get back to music's primal roots…there's nothing else that compares to playing a simple guitar you build with your own hands." —Shane Speal, Cigar Box Nation

"You really can make an instrument out of just about anything!" —Mike Orr

Contents in brief:
Foreword by the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation
Building a washtub bass
Making a 1-string diddley bow
Electrified stomp box and washboard
Building a 3-string cigar box slide guitar
Cookie tin guitar
4-string tenor guitar
Ironing board lap steel guitar
Tips on piezo-wiring your homemade instrument
Making a simple amp from a tape deck
Patterns for fret scales and headstocks
Washtub bass patterns

Photo galleries:
License plate guitar
Bedpan guitars
Hubcap banjo
Cigar box guitars, bass and uke
Cookie tin guitar
Turpentine can guitar
Handmade instrument contest winners

160 pages, softcover.

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5 11-14-2013
Great book

A very good reference for a cigar box guitar and ukulele maker. High quality whit nice photos. I read it twice a month!

Alain Meilleur  Quebec, Canada Read my reviews (12)
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5 1-27-2013
Handmade Music Factory

Not a building manual more a guide to a world of fun in musical instrument building. Hours of fun for the whole family.

Colinz  Auckland New Zealand Read my reviews (12)
5 10-06-2012
A great book

This book is loaded with information for anyone interested diy projects when it comes cigar box guitars or any other home made musical instruments.Its AAA Top notch.

jim coyle  brooklyn n.y.
5 9-06-2012

Excellent book, it helped me building my first guitar and I go on reading it in bed as it's also a nice book, nice photos...

Annieviolette  France Read my reviews (3)
5 5-21-2012
Fun and thought-provoking

As Luthiers (both amateur and professional) our objectives are to create an instrument that sounds good and hopefully looks good. There are many ways to achieve this objective and not all of them may involve the finest tonewoods and intricate purflings or inlays.

Here is a book that shows another path. The path of creating a fine instrument out of things that may have been used before. It is full of photos and resources that allow you to see the intruments and hear how other musicians use them.

This book has spun me off in different directions but has kept me with the same goal - to make instrument that makes beautiful music.

Gibby  Sydney, Australia Read my reviews (4)
5 5-11-2012
Nice book

It is not exactly a manual of construction but has sufficient information to realise the projects that includes.It is worth it

Ángel De Prado  Vigo, Galicia, Spain
4 3-24-2012
Fun Reading

This is not a book being a real guide of the type How Too. The photography is exellent. All projects are swell documented and in short descriptions. You can read it in any time you like. Therefor I suggest a MUST HAVE coffee table book in every studio or producer office where musicians have to wait for a while. They will love it! Again, the Photography has a very high standart!

Wout Blommers  The Hague, The Netherlands
5 2-09-2012
Birthday present

I received this book a a present. I have started plans to build everything in it. The simplistic ideas that just get your mind going. It also has great full size pictures for the necks, and very clear instructions. This book has been a slight opsession for the past month.

FolkwayCT  CT Read my reviews (2)
5 2-08-2012
Fun Book...

I got this because I made a CBG a few years back just using info from the internet. Since then CBG and homemade music instruments have taken off. This book offers lots of great pictures and ideas along with details on how to make several CBGs, a washtub Bass and an amplified stomp box and amplified washboard. It even gives info on how to convert an old tape deck player to a small amplifier. Good book - lot's of fun! Check it out!

Bones  Santa Cruz, CA Read my reviews (3)
5 12-28-2011

I bought the music factory book for my husband as a last minute thought for christmas. He has been making a guitar and I thought this might inspire him more . And now he is talking about making guitars out of so many things even a vw hub cap . He is having so much fun with this book. He has all the guitar books there are. soooo this was a different suprise for him AND HE LOVES IT! YAHHHH!!!!!

jewele4  redding, ca
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