~ Early American Folk & Blues music~

There is a long forgotten fact in America, that is that in the 1880's this type of music was NEVER played on Fenders or Gibson or any of those store bought guitars, not only did they not exist, but at that time if you lived in poverty, there was no way to buy a nice guitar, so most people made there own. If you want to see that absolute most authentic Delta Blues & Slide guitar, watch this complete video above. It is played with simple home made 3 string guitars, these are the real thing, there is no mass market music store guitars, this is Primal Americana, this is the Delta Blues!

A few words about this site

About this site, my name is John McNair. I love American History and Folk Music. I really enjoy learning about not only the music, but the instruments the people made it on. One thing I've noticed in my research of the 3 string guitar, is that there is a rich and long history in America. It has come in many forms over the years, but there is not much information out there on these guitars. For many years now I have struggled to obtain answers to all my curious questions.

Since there is not much information or any books on the subject of this instrument, I have tryed to gather and record as much as possible the history of these wonderful and often quirky instruments and its players.

If you would like to learn more on this subject, check out my other site Red Dog Guitars.com

If you are reading this and wondering just "What's all the Hub Bub Bub with a Three string guitar???" I could ramble for days and show you countless photos that would dazzle your senses, but like they say, "If a photo is worth a 1000 words" than surely a video is worth a million???

If you only ever see one video of a 3-string cigar box guitar in action, watch this one, watch it till the end WITH AN OPEN MIND before you decide if you like the type of sound a primitive 3 stringer will produce. I promise it will change everything you thought you knew and it will explain the truth about the origin of the Delta Blues.

Like most people, I am sure your first thought is "Why use only 3 strings, isn't adding a 6 string neck better???....You're going through all the effort of building a guitar, why not just put on 6 strings??" Well, when you add a 6 string neck, it sounds like a regular guitar no matter what you do or how you play. You'll never achieve that dirty south, raunchy Delta sound on a 6 string guitar or with a 6 string neck.

If you are bored with playing a regular guitar or tired of the continued invasion of Chinese made products and just can't seem to have fun making music, then what you need is to go back to the roots of how music is made. Try something simpler. This form of guitar will take you back to the lost early days of Blues and Folk music...still confused about how easy and fun a three string guitar is???

I will just cut-copy-and paste this strait from the "horse's website"

If you would like to play Delta Blues it's "airiness" that you hear comes from the music's simplicity, it is STRIPED DOWN, I am sure you have heard you only need 3 notes in a chord???? well, that's not true for Blues, you only need 2 notes! ...they only need to blend well (such as A and E) and most Blues music is based off one note at a time (most often slide guitar is one note ringing, everything else dampened)... folk music is not suppose to be complicated, over refined, lickity split fretted notes, complicated jazz chords and scales, beefed up high power, or masked with computer effects...it's just strum'n acoustic slide or plug n' play with lite power on a small amp....plus, for the guitarist, what more could be easier than playing simple slide guitar with a pluck here and there??? It's basically one finger guitar! Just connect the dots up and down the strings as you play, add slide and you've got that sound you've been after all those years but just couldn't ever find it no matter what 6 string guitar you've played.

That is the key and link to the Delta Blues that has long been forgotten in the mass market guitar world.

3 string guitars & Early Delta Blues

Many of the legends of early Blues got there start on simple homemade guitars.
This is the oldest know photograph of one "in action"
 
 
 
this photo is dated 1891, there is similar paintings of them that pre-date this photo
but this is the orginal photo and is the oldest known. 
 
more history can be explored at reddogguitars.com
 
  
 
 
  Over 70 years ago, it's been documented that BB King got his start on guitar when his father made him a cigar box guitar, He is still a fan of them, so what are you waiting on, have you made one yet????


  Yes, in those small towns deep in the South, Juke Joints are still open and doin' well....a ruckus good time, dancin', drinkin' and the Blues....sometimes they put ol' 45's on them crank driven record players, sometimes Bluesmen just hop up on a stool and play away the night. Check out "Sonny Boy" playing his cigar box guitar 3-stringer. Grab a beer and enjoy the night!


Now that is good Old' fashioned Americana!


     




This is the album for the cigar box guitar aficionado. A full album with only 3 sting guitar music. In this album I wanted to delve deeper into strictly authentic Delta Blues and BottleNeck music exclusively, and only played on three string cigar box guitar. The goal with this album was to take the listener back to the 20's and 30's and relive those Dust Bowl BottleNeck Ballads and Delta Blues Spirituals only with a 3 string cigar box guitar. Recorded with NO singing and NO band, only old time cigar box guitar music.

Watch this video to hear some of the music on this CD.



 

 If you love raw, primitive and Authentic Delta Blues, American Folk music or Bottle neck slide, you will listen to this CD 100's of times, covering all styles of BottleNeck Americana, from Son House's licks re-written "Red Dog" Style, to Woodie Guthrie's "Dust Bowl Ballads" as the debut single played on 3 string guitar that will leave your jaw on the floor and your ears weepin' for more.... and if there ever is a Blues "RED" Button warning, you definitely don't want to miss the song "Ryland", imagine walking through a ghost town in the 1880's, the suspense, the mystery, the whispers that you can barley hear, this is a fantastic song played in the Ry Cooder style that will take your breath away.

 Whelp, enough chatter from me, the album is for sale anytime, give it a try, you'll love it!.... if it's not your thing, thanks for your time in reading this and you can enjoy the short trailer of the album below... Thanks again, John
 

~Dust Bowl  & Delta Blues CD~
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Resonator Cigar Box Guitars

If you would like a great sounding cigar box guitar that has that "Old Time" blues sound without having to plug it into an amp, cigar box resonators are possibly the funnest guitars to play for that vintage Americana sound. Great for playing outside or for a guitar you can take with you and play anywhere.
  Have a listen,


That Boy should Sue!

This is an orignal advertisment for Fender Guitars from 1961

It says "the most imitated guitar in the world"

It's a young boy with a 3 string cigar box guitar and someone playing a Fender next to him. I only wonder who's copying who?

Shane Speal was quick to say, "I knew that guitar looked like something, that boy should sue!"



Cigar Box Guitar Fest


 
The Pennsylvania Cigar Box Guitar Festival will take place soon at the grounds of the York Emporium bookstore in downtown York, PA.
There is gonna be lots of vendors and musicians playing cigar box guitars, this is the place to be!

You'll have a blast if you can make it! There is one every year, you have no excuses.

THIER GONNA PARTY LIKE IT'S 1899!

3 String Blues Legend

 
Meet Mac Arnold, an American 3 string guitar Icon. In late 1966, at age 24, came the opportunity of a lifetime to join the Muddy Waters Band and help shape the electric Blues sound that inspired the rock and roll movement of the late 60’s and early 70’s.
  Regular guests of the band included Eric Clapton, Paul Butterfield, Mike Bloomfield, and Elvin Bishop. The Muddy Waters Band (as a unit) shared the stage with the likes of Howlin’ Wolfe, Elmore James, Jimmy Reed, Junior Wells, Big Joe Williams, and Big Mama Thornton just to name a few. During this time, Mac played on John Lee Hooker’s live album, Live at the CafĂ© Au Go-Go, as well as Otis Spann’s classic recording "The Blues is Where It’s At."



How To Play 3 String Cigar Box Guitar

      Do you want to play really great 3 string Delta Blues guitar?


      

Anyone can master 3 string guitar....yes, I said it, I said the "M" word!
 

You CAN master the 3 string guitar in playing BOTH freestyle Delta Blues playing with and without a slide.

It is not difficult, It just takes correct explanation of the techniques, patience and practice.


 This DVD explains American music the way it was played from the 1880's to the 1930's.

  Watch this short clip to see the easily understood playing techniques to becoming a great 3 string guitar player. 


 
The truth is,
 primitive Delta Blues and American Folk music was created by people who could not read or write music,
Nor did they know any music theory or even what an A chord was.

So, why do you need to learn what an 'A chord' is to play cigar box guitar?
The answer is, you don't.

This DVD shows you how to get that raw Delta Blues sound without headaches or over-thinking it
 ...all without having to know any chords, theory, or unnecessary garble.
All of which what was never meant to be so difficult.


Playing Delta Blues is all about the mechanics.
Like a puzzle I have easily easy broken them down ...not just the licks and runs


BUT THE TOOLS ON HOW TO BUILD THE LICKS AND RUNS!
 
THEY WILL BE YOUR LICKS RIFFS AND RUNS YOU NEVER KNEW YOU COULD DO.
 
This DVD covers all the sounds from Vintage finger plucking
and
Delta Bottleneck slide and even Raw Electric Blues.
 
Also covered and often overlooked is one of the absolute most important aspects,
HOW TO CORRECTLY TUNE a 3 string guitar BY EAR
 I will show you how to tune without ever using a tuner, or even knowing the names of the notes.

 
 I explain how to set up your guitar to get those primal vintage sounds.
 
How to set up the Amp,

We will cover the strings and various sizes with depth explanation about their tone and tension,
 Different slides with in depth explanation about their contrast in your playing....and more.
 
   Enjoy learning and watching this DVD comfortably on TV,
American Folk music is super easy.
 
 That's what defines "Americana,"
 the more you try to learn and the harder you try,
the less it sounds like Delta Blues and the more it sounds like contemporary and European music.

 Alright, your still here?

Watch this video and watch the slide, you will see it is VERY simple.
...Slide guitar is ONE FINGER GUITAR!
I am not going to teach you anything you cannot do, so DON"T say you can't learn this or play this type of music, you can, It's easier than you realize.

On this DVD we are going to go over and study the simple things you need to do in order to master this Old Time Delta Blues sound.
 You can do this it is the easiest form of guitar there is to learn.
 Watch this video and you will see, there is NOTHING complex going on, this is something you to can do after you have been taught the correct building blocks
 
watch this video and meet me below when your done.
 



Now, in order to be fair, the DVD starts off with fingering the notes, you might or might not want to play this type of guitar in this next video below, but it is Mandatory for us to cover this as it is also very easy to play on 3 string guitar, once combined with the slide, you will then understand the 3 string guitar
and that's what this DVD is about, That is in fact the name of this dvd..."Understanding 3 string guitar"

Watch this video, we are going to teach you how to play to fingering on a 3 string guitar, you can then apply it to "your style" and taste in music.

 

 


Put That together with the slide, and a whole world opens up!
you will understand how to make the guitar make the "sounds" you want it to,
you will make your own music.
watch this modern "Electric Slide guitar" ...it's down right Electric!




I will show you ALL of those techniques to play those EXACT styles AND MORE,
 not just those songs...but different styles that make up American music,
you can freestyle and improvise forever on and make up a 1000 songs



Look, if some guy did it in a barn a 100 years ago, you can do it too!
try this,



clear your mind,



think of a peaceful time well over a 100 years ago,



think of an old barn at the edge of a southern plantation,



think of a guy who could not read or write holding his homemade guitar sitting in that barn
He's just strummin' away a breezy Sunday afternoon.....
Now, do you think he knew what a D chord was transposed over the major scale????
 
Do you even think he knew what in the heck a major scale was????



NO way!!!!



OK, so why would you need to know complex chords, scales and keys????




I have seen many how to play Lessons such as "Mel Bay" Resonator Guitar and Blues videos that were completely false and some were so incorrect that it would be impossible to get a truly vintage American sound by studying them.

 

I am going to be frank, if someone tries explaining Blues music in this way, "it's a G,...open E.... or D tuning ....or this flat and that sharp," you are heading IN THE WRONG DIRECTION.....THAT is NOT Blues music. 
  If many of the great Bluesmen of last century didn't know a G chord from a Flying Saucer or space-ship part... then why on earth do you need to know how to make a 'G chord' on a homemade guitar?
 
 ....just the simple fact of discussing primitive American Folk music and then trying to define it in European keys and phrasing and those boundaries will completely insure you never understand anything. 
  If you are tired of trying to learn and always frustrated with Music theory, Keys, chord arrangements and stuff that really doesn't have anything to do with Delta Blues, Slide guitar and 3 string guitar, than you will enjoy this DVD.


 
 
 whats better? learn and copy one song?

Or learn how to make your own music?
 
You WILL be able to build your own music,
not just play other peoples songs,
yes, Learning songs from other people is fun, but that is no crowning achievement. Open up your own world of music,
 it truly is fun and rewarding at heart.



I can mail This DVD anywhere in the world, click here to order a copy
or email me at john@reddogguitars.com




Understanding 3 string guitar How To Play DVD
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 thank you again for your time in reading this, John

3 string cigar box guitar for sale

 
 
Time for some of that shameless advertising!
 
Bo Diddley built his own guitars in the begining of his carrer
you can do it to!!!
 
But, if building is not your thing
visit my website reddogguitars.com
 
 or email me john@reddogguitars.com 
 
I make them in 3 or 4 string
 For me, it's always a good time to break out the Gold Paint!

The Next 3 String Master




The next Blues masters are starting young, but hey you could always build your own 3 stringer and try to catch up....nothing like learning something new!



This guy is like the perhaps the Coolest Grandpa ever!  To enjoy family and create a close bond by building a three string cigar box guitar together, man that is cool!




HollowBelly ~The 3 string Delta Tramp~

3 string Banjo!


This is an old photo with the kid on the right holding what looks like some kind of homemade coffee tin banjo thing? It's only got three strings...and you know what? That's all you need!

1965 Domra Three string Instrument



This is a Three string Mandolin/lute type instrument called the Domra. It is tuned in 4ths.


It is marked inside

"1965 B. USENKO. Highland Park, New Jersey, USA"

check out the craftsmanship!

Cigar Box Guitars & 3 string Americana





    If you love authentic Delta Blues, music from the late 1800's and cigar box guitars, this CD album will leave you absolutely speechless and in awe of the sounds that have been lost to American history's past.
 This is CD is all Delta Blues and Southern Bottleneck guitar music that has been recorded with cigar box guitars. This album has with No singing or No band to obstruct the haunting and sorrowful tone of old time "Blues" music and the sounds of these forgotten, yet remarkable cigar box instruments.




Take a moment and listen to some of the music found on this CD by watching the video above.

 If you like this type of early Delta Blues, you will play this album 100's of times and enjoy it for many years. These tracks are all unreleased and unheard original recordings, with the exception of a newly never before heard version of "The roots of early Delta Blues," that has been remastered to retain its original early 1900's sound, however the audio has been filtered and cleaned up for louder compact disc play. All the songs are played on only cigar box guitars.

 
You can order this CD below at the Buy it now button or email me at
john@reddogguitars.com   Thanks for your time, John

~Cigar Box Americana CD~







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Delta Blues and the Cigar Box Guitar



Just like McKinley Morganfield, Kevin M. Kraft enjoys a day buskin' his three string guitar outside.

So, your wondering who is McKinley Morganfield?
OK, I'll give you clue...study the center of the photo and you will see where his name originated.










McKinley Morganfield got his start playing cigar box guitar on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi. He is better know as "Muddy Waters"
  Try this sometime, build yourself a cigar box guitar and head on out and be with nature, I promise you'll find inner music and enjoyment you could never get on a store bought 6 string guitar... go ahead, Try it!

Cigar Box Guitar Lady from down Under!


bright smiles and sunny in the land of OZ!
Kate Ceberano on Blind Gee's 3 string

~3 strings too many~ Cigar box Guitar Music CD

 
 
Hot off the presses is an all Cigar Box guitar Blues Compact Disc album. If you liked the movie Crossroads or the guitar playing from Ry Cooder, you will enjoy the vintage 3 string blues and cigar box guitar playing that has been recorded on this album.
   To record this album with vintage tones and early Blues, I used 60's tube amps that are naturaly overdriven, and of course, like the movie I used the legendary Pignose that was used while in the deep south and on a lot of the recordings.
 I also record a few songs with some Retro "Radio Guitar Amps." The music and songs are sounds that are southern in flavor, perfect for study if your trying to learn early Americana Bottleneck guitar, or just enjoy it as a relaxing way to step back in time.

Trying to 'explain' what something sounds like is like trying to discribe a color....so, instead of me trying to explain music, you can hear the first track right here right now....Is this something that would interest you?

 
 
This CD is all songs of homemade Bottleneck guitar with NO singing, No regular guitars, and only music played on cigar box three string guitars.
 "3 strings too many" is a escape from today and a journey into the Delta Blues and America's past.
 
 You can buy it here below or
visit the full list of music click here






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Cigar Box Guitar pickups

 
 

3 string bass Upright history


I read some fascinating stuff in a book this weekend "The evolution of the Double Bass"

A few centuries ago 3-string basses were the norm.

Here is what the book said,

"During the 17th and 18th centuries the bass family diverged into two lines the four string and the 3 string with the 4 string version being used in Germany and the 3 string version being used in France, Italy, and England. It was thought that the 3 string version had better tone. Then around 1800 there was a migration away from the three string version and then an abandonment a generation later when the old teachers died off.

An example of this was in the Paris Conservatory where all first year students were required to use the three string version, then when the masters died thier replacements made it optional then as they died thier replacements dropped the three string version all together.
There were several tunning schemes for the three string version while the 4 string version was the EADG we all know today. From 1800 to 1850 English Bass players were looked on with great favor, note that this was during the time Dragonette (sp?) was in England (1795-184?) and the original tone of a 3 string bass was likely the reason."


1919 Fair Maiden on her 3 string thing

Here is a photo that is almost a 100 years old. I can't tell what it is?  Looks like some kind of breadbasket box harp thingamajig. I scored it off of ebay from some lady in Iowa. One thing is for sure, It's a three string!




This is a photo of a young woman who immigrated to America, it shows her playing some kind of 3 string instrument. It looks to be fretless and also have dulcimer string spacing with the top string used as a drone and the bottom 2 as melody lines. I wonder what this Fair maiden sang?


Ragtime Omar 1909

Here is a photo of  "Ragtime Omar" as the people of Charleston called him, he was so famous for playing his home made 3 string banjo in front of the court house for "pennies and nickels" that the town's paper decided to do a front page story in the local newspaper on his "jubilant and festive music."
 His family said "it was the best thing to happen to Omar"...now that's Americana!






Homemade Resonator cigar box guitar

It seems I am always ending every post with a exclamation point!!!


Well, finding great stuff like this keeps the "shock button" in business!
no need to tell you the bairfoot cajun made it.
Look how cool this is, It's a three string reso something or another, but coolest part is it's all stuff you have lying around in your kitchen or garage. Study this photo and head out to your garage or kitchen spare drawer. I'll bet you already have everything. Try to build one, there is lots of easy to do cigar box guitar plans out there, you'll have a blast!





man, how cool is that center cover from the actual box itself. This is homemade Americana!

Bank Robbin' music!

I don't plan on robbing any banks anytime soon, but if I did, I would want this awesome song playing in my tape player as I made my getaway!...Now this is some killer three string guitar : )

Seasick Steve's 3 string guitar

Sea Sick Steve

 Where would the three string be without Ol' SeaSick???? He is perhaps the most revered player who still graces the stage with his beat up 3 string and always leaves the crowd wanting more.
His sound is super ranchy, ultra primitive and distintly Southen in its flavor . His guitar is a generic unbranded guitar from Japan that has an old Harmony pickup added and is played tuned to G, G and B using an E string in the A position, a D in the G position and a G in the B position.



From Mississppi to Finland Seasick's beat up 3-string Trance Wonder leaves 'em wanting more!
At his gigs, he often tells the story that he bought it for $75 in this condition in Como, Mississippi from a man named Sherman, who later told him he only paid $25 for it the day before. He vowed never to add another string, and that he would tour the world telling his story of how Sherman ripped him off. All in good fun as Sherman Cooper is a good buddy, who gave him the guitar having had it nailed to the wall as a decoration. A lot of the time he also adds (while picking up or putting away the guitar) that it is the "...biggest piece of shit in the world, I swear"....Do yourself a favor and watch this video below...you will love it!


IT's Magic slim with a THREE STRING!!!!!



sittin' outside smokin' and pluckin' away his worrries.... Magic Slim!

How to Build a Cigar Box Guitar


This is the Ultimate How to Build a Cigar Box Guitar DVD.

From beginner to advanced, everything is completely covered.

Hi my name is John, I have spent well over several hundred hours filming and editing the most complete How to Build a cigar box guitar DVD available. If you would like to take your guitar making not only to the next level but far beyond to get the sound you have always wanted in a cigar box guitar, I will show you how and what to do, everything is covered from start to finish. It doesn't matter if this is your first time, or your 10th.

 This DVD is from A to Z, the complete start to finish with advanced building of cigar box guitars. Full of many secrets that can only be found on a Red Dog Guitar, want to know what the hoopla is all about??? Goggle Red Dog Guitars....listen to them and you will hear why they have a sound that is so iconic and original ...BUT...the best part is you too can build a guitar just like the ones on my website with this DVD.


I will show you how, all the steps completely broken down, from start to finish.

In this DVD you will learn EXACTLY how to construct a Red Dog Cigar Box Guitar...ALL OF THE SECRETS to making the neck and guitar a true tonal machine, what to do about the body, fret-boarding and fretting like a pro, headstocks of all types... BOTH 3 and 4 strings... all of the parts to make a great cigar box guitar and most important, you will learn a deep understanding of all the pickups and various ways of mounting them to get that deep Delta Blues sound you have always wanted....plus a super in depth breakdown of the bridges of many styles and how they change everything.


  Go to you-tube and search "cigar box guitar" and check out many of the great and talented makers and have a listen, then do a comparison and search and see just why Red Dog Guitars has the tone everyone wants....however, this is not a contest, with this DVD you will have all of the secrets to incorporate in your own guitar making, no matter if its your first time, or you want to start a guitar making business or club, this will give you the ability to make really awesome guitars and take them to the next level.


This is not a basic or introductory DVD, but full on ultimate Cigar Box Guitar building... the wood, boxes, deferent styles of necks and so much more is covered for building a great playing full of tone one of a kind guitar.



This DVD is made for standard Television players and is 96 minutes (1&1/2hours) of cigar box building, everything explained, the tools, the parts, the woods, neck heels, finishing, fretting, the pickups and so much more is explained, all the mysteries explained in one fun to watch DVD...within it there is a world of unknown tips, tricks and secrets used on Red Dog Guitars that you can use on your guitar to make the ultimate cigar box guitar.





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The ultimate cigar box guitar pickup

Tired of tame tone???



perhaps looking for something slim and compatable..and ultra cool to strap on your cigar box guitar???



I just wanna levitate my house furniture!!!!!


yeah, you too?????


Try adding a vintage Harmony pickup....these are ultra slim, cheap (about 50 bucks)fits right under the strings, add it to the front of your guitar and in no time flat you'll be ready to blaze!
Also, you can find other cool and similar pickups like Stratotone, Silvertone - Airline and DeArmond pickups...don't forget there is also a world of jazz pickups that will blast your cigar box guitar or 3-stringer into the STRAT-O-SPHERE!!!!

3 string guitar tuning

If you are trying to get that old time vintage sound for play Delta Blues and Bottle Neck slide guitar. Try these 2 tuning and they will help you "jump right in" and play and sound great.

Tune the in A - D - a

If you notice that your string o you guitar are too tight to play well, flip the tunings and tune it lower with this tuning
D - A - d

You can then keep those step relations and tune it a bunch of different ways and sound great. Also, keep in mind the string height and setup make a big difference, here is a video that shows how I like to setup my guitars for playing, It works well for both slide and finger placement


 
 
 
 
 



Here is my latest all cigar box guitar CD. This is a really colorful Delta Blues cigar box guitar music CD. Both modern and vintage styles, tube amps and unplugged. Instead of me trying to explain the music, in the video below is a track playing a Bottleneck Blues song, it's all natural, no effects or high dollar
guitar used. It's just a gritty tune on a homemade cigar box guitar, as authentic as it sounded in the "country" 100 years ago.
   You often here people say, if you want to play great guitar you need to listen to great guitar players, that's the quickest way to learn, that's how I did it.
Listening is learning, and it's fun! NO regular guitars, NO singing to obstruct the songs of the vintage music of homemade cigar box guitars. This is it, have a listen.





If you want to play vintage Delta Blues you need to listen to Delta Blues...same applies if not more so with cigar box guitar.
This is LO-FIDELITY Blues Slide Guitar at it's best.



~Cigar Box Jukes~ Cigar Box Guitar Music CD


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3 string Banjo ~ Old Lowe's Hubcap Dulcijo






I guess you'd say its a three string banjo? only thing is it's made from a Ford Hubcap!



made to look rustic, this is a very real instrument and very capable of playing great sounding music...from the creater of the "Lowebro" Old Lowe has out done himself with this super cool 3 stringer!

3 string guitars



Check out this video, Pignose amps make the best cigar box guitar and 3 string guitar amplifiers.
The have the "old time" blues sound, have a listen and see if this is the style of guitar you would like to play?


Shane Speal and the cigar box guitar


A letter From Shane Speal I thought you might like to read,

I just got the lastest issue of Guitar Player mag in the mail. Cover is Slash (welcome to 1989) and touts him as the "Last Guitar Hero."Other articles feature the same tired stars they've been featuring for 30 years. Last month, it was Alan Holdsworth, Steve Lukather and the dude from Night Ranger. Yawn.
It's so apparent that the music world is on cruise control. They have no idea that there's fresh, exciting music out there. They're too full from a buffet of 'innovative' Chinese built guitars...hundreds ofnew re-hashed models each month filling their test labs. Yet all these guitars are just Strats or Les Pauls or dreadnaughts with other names on the headstocks. And the stars who play em? Same ol' same ol.'

They have no idea what's happening with the Primal and Blues underground. We're gonna hit 'em where they ain't... By the time they realize what's happening, we're gonna be so far beyond the point of them catching up.There's magic in cbg's. It's fresh and exciting. My Guitar Player also came with a "final notice for renewal" card.

It's in the trash.

Shane Speal