This man has built guitars out of everything from copper pipes to Mountain Dew bottles

Shane Speal
(Image credit: Kevin Stiffler)

Perhaps the guitar world has been too one-dimensional in its attitude towards guitar building. With people out there like Burls Art – a YouTuber who’s made guitars out of reclaimed ocean plastic, skateboard decks and even pencils – and Art Mayer, who last month unveiled a french fries-themed guitar to lament the departure of McDonald’s in Russia, the scope of luthiery continues to expand in the wackiest of ways.

And now we introduce you to Shane Speal, an expert on making cigar box guitars out of pretty much anything you could imagine. His knowledge on cigar box guitars is so rich, in fact, that he’s even written a book about the subject.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.