There also are primers on different types of pickups including piezo, limited-range microphones and magnetic pickups. His use of simple playing cards as materials for magnetic pickup covers was an eye opener to me because I’m always looking for thinner magnetic pickups to fit on my cigar box guitars.
The weekend is coming and the wood shop is calling. Let’s build some homemade instruments! I’ve just edited and re-posted free plans on How to Build a Three-String Cigar Box Guitar over at CigarBoxNation.com. It’s an easy design based on the type of instrument I’ve been building for more than 20 years. Steal the plans, have fun and make a bunch!
You’ve practiced your ass off. You’ve prepared a live show that you’re proud of. Now you’re facing a bar owner who has the audacity to suggest that you perform at his venue for free. To this, we offer these 10 comebacks.
Caspar Babypants is releasing a new album this week, Beatles Baby, his second album of Beatles covers for young children. “I recorded this one for the parents too,” he told me, explaining that he chose certain songs to keep dad singing in the front of the car as the kids are kicking to the beat in the back car seats.
Last week, Wood joined Rod Stewart and Kenney Jones, the surviving members of the Faces, for a seven-song set at the Hurtwood Park Polo Club in Ewhurst, Surrey, to benefit Prostate Cancer UK. This month, he'll release How Can it Be, a book that includes memories of his earliest days as a rock n’ roller and takes pages from his 1965 tour diary, written when he was just 17.
St. Blues Guitar Workshop has been around since the 1980s, building blues-approved guitars for everyone from Clapton to Gibbons. When I heard they were introducing a line of cigar box guitars handmade in their Memphis shop, I got excited. Two weeks ago, I got to meet Greg Mitchell and Robert Fisher from St. Blues. By the end of the day, I was walking away with their four-string electric Premier model cigar box guitar.
Have you ever bought a guitar slide and had intentions of ripping new leads with it, only to discover when you get home that it’s damn near impossible to use? Yeah, I’ve been there, too. Playing slide guitar, well, takes a little dedication in practice, but also in the way you set up your gear, too.
The American traveling freak show of the past is mostly gone. Its striped tents and curious discoveries behind the curtain have been replaced by two-to-three-minute viral videos of freaky people doing freaky things. Instead of paying a dime to see Grace McDaniel (the mule-face girl) or the 750-pound Bruce Snowdon, we get shared videos of something called Shovelman.
It takes balls to ask a legendary bassist like Horace Panter of the Specials to sit in with you for a cigar box guitar concert. It takes balls the size of Cleveland to demand he play a washtub bass. Apparently, I have balls the size of Cleveland.
When it comes to social networks for guitar builders, CigarBoxNation.com is like the Island of Misfit Toys. Weird and bizarre inventions abound over there, starting with simple cigar box guitars and eventually venturing into things that should never exist in a normal world.