A little about myself and my building before we get into anything else. My building career started when a dear friend from England, Chris, showed me one of his latest projects. It was a beautiful mountain dulcimer, which included a magnetic pickup and a wonderfully fretted neck. I still kick myself for not taking him up on the deal he offered me. In order to save face I will not tell you what a grand deal I passed up. At the time I had never built a string instrument. I had just completed a series of Cajon’s (a wooden box hand drum). I went online and looked for a dulcimer kit. I found many kits for various price ranges and it was very confusing. I read a little about fretting a neck and ran the other way. During my search it was easy to find cigar box guitars. It seemed that everyone was building one. At the time I had no cigar box available to me, other than an old cardboard box that was too dear to risk in this new adventure. I had quite a workshop at the time and plenty of leftover scrap to make my own box. I quickly patched together a two string acoustic that quickly turned into a two string electric. This was achieved simply by the use of a pizza. Now I’m sure by this time you have discovered that I am using voice recognition software, and truly I did not mean pizza. Piezo, yes I think that’s it. Placed under the bridge with no volume knob. It was loud and fun. Then it was off to the races. With so many examples of other artists work in this genre I had plenty to work with. After a few guitars made and sold I like many find it hard to imagine not building.
In this series of posts I hope to bring the focus to builders and their ongoing collection of cigar box guitars. It is an endless pursuit for a new sound, but more often it is the pursuit for the classic Mississippi front porch blues sound. In this series of posts I hope to bring the focus to builders and their ongoing collection of cigar box guitars, cigar box amplifiers and suitcase amplifiers. The cigar box guitar community has many fine builders that are making one-of-a-kind works of art that you can plug in and play. As I have stated before some builders choose a simple can mop pole and a couple of bolts to make what is known as a one string Diddley bow. As a side note I find it amazing that the voice recognition software got “Diddley bow” correctly.