If you have found yourself on this webpage and wondering what this place is? 

This is a website about cigar box guitars. On this page, there is cigar box guitar information, homemade guitar pickups, How to Play and Build DVDs, and there is also Blues music recorded with only cigar box guitars on CDs.
At the bottom of the page there is a list of hand made cigar box pickups for sale that fit both 3 and 4 string guitar.


This is where the "Blues" all started. An old used cigar box and homemade music. This painting is of someone named "L. Rupert" 1868. 
It's from the G.D. Flynn Brewery New River Falls, MA



 Cigar box guitars and homemade instruments of all types became popular for poor people from the 1880's up to the 1930's. 
During the Great Depression of the early 1900's, buying an instrument was not really an option for must people, but poverty did not stop people from enjoying music, they just made their own homemade cigar box guitars.




Listed below, are Cigar Box Guitar How to Play and Build DVDs, and cigar box guitar music on CDs. 

All of the music and information on this site is only recorded with cigar box guitars, both 3 and 4 string guitars. No regular guitars were use in recording or filming the videos.


     


 This is an all Delta Blues and cigar box guitar music CD disc. It was recorded in honor of the 3 sting guitar. In these recordings, I wanted to record authentic Delta Blues and Bottleneck slide cigar box guitar as realistic as possible. The music on this Disc is played mostly on the three string cigar box guitar. Some of the tracks have 4 string Bottleneck slide cigar box guitar, but all of the tracks are ONLY recorded with cigar box guitars. 
  My goal with this album was to take the listener back to the 1880's to 1930's and relive those Dust Bowl Ballads and Delta Blues Guitar Spirituals played on cigar box guitars. There is NO SINGING or band and NO regular guitars. 
This music is only recorded with Cigar Box Guitars.
Watch this video to hear some of the music



  
   If you love raw, primitive and authentic Delta Blues, American Folk music or Bottleneck slide, you will listen to this CD 100's of times. I recorded it with only cigar box guitars. Listening to this music is like taking a journey into Americas past. Imagine walking through an old ghost town in the 1880's, the suspense, the mystery, the whispers that you can barley hear, there is many fantastic songs played in the Ry Cooder Paris Texas style on this album.
  NO regular guitars and NO singing, The music on this CD is only homemade cigar box guitars.

This album comes in 2 forms, Compact disc or MP3 download.
This checkout is for a actual CD mailed to your house anywhere world wide.
If you prefer an instant download now, they are only $14 even at the bottom of the page, no need for waiting for the mail.

*** You can complete the purchase on the paypal page, or look in the top right top corner for the words "continue shopping" and it will bring you back here if you wanted me to mail any other DVD or cigar box music cds in the same package. 




~Dust Bowl-Delta Blues CD~

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How To Build Cigar Box Guitars DVD



Cigar box guitars are very easy to play, it's much easier to learn to play and get a true vintage sound on a cigar box guitar than it is on a regular guitar. But, just as easy as they are to play, they are also easy and fun to build.

 I have filmed and editing the most complete How to Build a cigar box guitar DVD available. 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 building, or your 10th.
If you already make cigar box guitars, after you study my work, you can take yours to the next level. This is not a basic or introductory DVD, but complete A to Z Cigar Box Guitar building DVD. I am going to show you how to build great sounding cigar box guitars. 
If you would like to build guitars that get that old-time vintage 1880's to 1930's sound, I will show you how I make a guitar achieve the tone and how I build that part into the guitar.

   In this DVD you will learn exactly how to make your guitar sound like it stepped out of the past with a vintage an authentic sound of early Americana.  This DVD will save you many hours of trying to learn on your own. This video is recorded in my shop and you will be buildings guitars along with me. This DVD is from A to Z, the complete start to finish with advanced building of cigar box guitars. It is full of many secrets that can only be found on a Red Dog Guitar. I share what to do about the body, fret-boarding and homemade fretting like a pro with basic hand tools. I cover headstocks of all types and so much more than you could ever get from a book or watching random youtube videos....and yes, fretting a guitar neck is really easy, even if it's your first time, I will show you how I do it, and all by hand.

On this DVD I will show you more than one guitar, we will cover both the 3 and 4 string as well as homemade resonator guitars. Here is one of my typical 4 string guitars.

Build BOTH 3 and 4 string guitars 
 Here below is a vintage looking and worn out 3 string guitar with homemade metal parts. It has a "weathered" and antique look. The parts are different than the 1884 style guitar above, but it really is the same guitar as the one above.  I explain how I make (or find parts.) I will explain how to be artistic. It will help you understand what I do, so you can create what inspires you. 
I follow the same recipe no matter what I guitar I make, I only make them look different outside, but I always build them the same inside. If you would like to know what I do this DVD will show you how to build your own just like mine. 



Parts Needed


We will cover all of the parts needed and the many types of homemade ideas possible, Bridges, pickups of all types, hardware etc, everything is covered and explained.  You can use old guitar parts that you can buy for cheap from ebay and flea markets or get creative and make your own parts with stuff from around your house.


 I cover everything on this DVD. This is not a basic or introductory DVD, this is a complete class of Cigar Box Guitar building. The wood, the boxes, different styles of necks and so much more is covered for building a great playing one of a kind guitar with great tone.

Tools and parts Needed

These cigar box guitars are built with just a few basic hand tools that most people have or can borrow from a friend,

  •  a small hand saw 
  • small hand pliers
  • sandpaper and wood glue
  •  a small hand drill 
  •  pocket knife 
  • small hammer / or rubber mallet 
  • small screwdrivers / phillips type
  • a quality ruler (I prefer Metric) Buy a steel ruler, It's the most important tool you'll own and it will last a lifetime!
  • as you can see from the photo below you do not need much at all 

The great thing about these guitars is since you DON'T need power tools, it's kind of liberating if you think about it. If you were to try and build regular guitars, you would need a whole shop of specialized tools, jigs and planes and endless amounts of specialized gear.

This is my work bench, it's nothing fancy, just a small table and a few small hand tools, I don't like clutter and I don't own many tools, that is one reason I love these guitars, they are simple.... this is fun and easy!



Anyone can build a cigar box guitar by hand with only a few common hand tools. That is what's so fun and interesting about them, they are simple by nature, and best part is they sound fantastic.
 Go to you-tube and search "cigar box guitar" and check out many of the other builders, then do a comparison and search and then listen to videos made by me at Red Dog Guitars.com  Listen to the tone and sound and let your ear decide if you would like me to show you how I make mine and show you why mine have that old time trademark vintage sound.
 However, this is not a contest, I am not in competition with anyone. In fact I want others to do well also. I give advice freely to all that ask, the more success people have in this hobby and do well, the better it is for everyone in involved in this hobby.
 I want everyone to build a great guitar. These guitars are easy and fun to build, even if this is your first time. I have many years of experience and I build mine in a way that is unique to me and mine have a sound all their own.




 Resonators are also covered on this DVD

Cigar Box Resonator guitars are by far the funnest guitars you will ever play with or without an amplifier.

I will show you how I make mine, it's very easy, it is still a Neck-thru guitar. YES the neck runs right thru the box!

Instead of me making 2 separate DVDs, I just went ahead and compiled both standard cigar box guitar and homemade resonators on the same disc.
Everyone has asked me how I make my resonators look so unique and sound so crisp and vintage, so yes, I explain how I build them.
Building a cigar box resonator guitar is much easier than you think, it's a stick that runs right through the box and is cleverly anchored at the end, it's just a neck thru homemade box guitar!
There are some things I will need to show you, but it's no harder, just a bit more time is needed to construct it. The only difference is a metallic surface is used under the bridge to give them a trademark vintage "twangy" sound and tone.
This type of guitar is covered in this DVD. Here is a sound sample of a homemade resonator guitar.


You can build this exact guitar below, these parts in the photo are made by "Old Lowe" in Rockwall Texas. They have other people who also make them and are for sale in many places online. They are also available in Europe and the United Kingdom. I prefer "Old Lowe" parts, but any of the makers of resonator parts sound great. I also share how to use paint can lids or pot lids etc. to get that reso-tone.

 I share all my secrets, all the mysteries of my work is explained. There is so much more than I could type about here. I want you to succeed because your success will speak well for the whole hobby. 



With this DVD you will have all of the secrets to incorporate in your own guitar making. Once again, it doesn't matter if this is your first time, or if you want to start a guitar making business or club, this disc will give you the ability to make really awesome guitars. 

No matter if this is your first time or 10th, you will build a great sounding guitar.
This resonator guitar is made with no power tools. It's just a stick running right thru a cigar box!  


Make your guitar sound vintage or modern, clean or heavy, ring like a bell or bite like a dog!
It's all possible with the instructions I am going to share with you.

This DVD is made for standard Television players and is 96 minutes (1&1/2hours) of cigar box building. It is also made and recorded on a simple camcorder, BUT it is a TRUE DVD. This DVD was many weeks worth of work in recording and editing. You can watch it on TV, No need to huddle near a computer. It plays on any TELEVISION worldwide, it will also play on most computers and also in all Blu-ray players.
Ok, I guess that's enough talking, I hope I don't come off as full of "hot air" or "I am so this or that." I have no desire to boast or be anything other than who I am, and that is just a regular guy and the way God has made me. I belive everyone on earth has a unique gift and as odd as this sounds, mine is building homemade cigar box guitars.
  I have been working on and playing guitars for almost 30 years, so you can watch what I do and save a lot of time from making costly mistakes in your work. I only want to be factual and state what is offered on the DVD, I have many years of experience, if you want to see how I build cigar box guitars, this DVD lets you peer over my shoulder and see exactly what I do. Thanks again for your time, John

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$28.50 USD

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Cigar Box Americana


If you enjoy authentic Delta Blues and cigar box guitar music from the early 1900's to the 1950's, this CD disc is full of long lost sounds from America's past. This is old-time Blues music and Southern Bottleneck cigar box guitar that has been recorded on only 3 and 4 string homemade guitars. If you liked the movie Crossroads or the guitar playing from Ry Cooder, you will enjoy the vintage cigar box guitar playing that has been recorded on this Disc.

   To record this music, I've played 3 string cigar box guitars, Electric Bottleneck 4 string cigar box guitars, and Cigar Box Resonator guitars.  I have also used old and vintage 1960's and 70's guitar amplifiers. Some were naturally overdriven some were clear as a bell. I've also used the legendary "Pignose" amp to record several songs to get that old time Southern Bottleneck gritty sound. 

 I have also recorded several songs with some old Retro "Radio Guitar Amps." They were antique radios from the 1940's and 50's that have been converted and turned into guitar amplifiers. They record with a really unique and vintage tone. 
The music and songs are all sounds that are vintage and southern in flavor, perfect for study if your trying to learn early Americana or slide guitar, or just enjoy it as a relaxing way to step back in time. There is also some music from Fuzzy Whitener, one of that last old school Bluesmen, and yes, he's playing cigar box guitar. NO regular guitars were used and NO singing and NO band, this is a full music CD disc with only cigar box guitar songs.  The best way to learn how to play cigar box guitar, is to listen to cigar box guitar guitar!

Here below is an old-time "Cigar Box Jukes" song played on a 4 string cigar box guitar. It's colorful and recorded only using a old fashioned 4 string cigar box guitar and a glass slide,




~Cigar Box Americana CD~



This album comes in 2 forms, Compact disc or MP3 download.
This checkout is for a actual CD mailed to your house anywhere world wide.
If you prefer an instant download now, they are only $14 even at the bottom of the page, no need for waiting for the mail.






*** You can complete the purchase on the paypal page, or look in the top right top corner for the words "continue shopping" and it will bring you back here if you wanted me to mail any other DVD or cigar box music cds in the same package.


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Three string guitars are very easy to play. It is much easier to learn to how play a cigar box guitar than it is to learn how to play a regular 6 string guitar.

 Delta Blues and early American Folk music that was played on these homemade guitars was created by people who most often could not read music. Nor did they know any music theory or what chords and keys were. Many of them could not even read the written word!

The truth is you DO NOT need to know any math, chords, or complicated music structure to play great sounding 3 string cigar box guitar. If the people who played old time Blues music did not know music theory or complicated math, than neither do you.

On this DVD I will explain early American music from the 1880's to the 1930's and how to play it on 3 string guitar. These lessons teach you how to create and play old time Blues WITHOUT using complicated math. 
We are going to learn and study lessons that I have broken down in small easy to learn step by step building blocks that we will then put together to achieve that heavenly Old-Time Delta Blues sound.

Watch this video, you will see that vintage Blues is easy to learn and play. Slide guitar is basically one finger guitar. Watch my fingers, there is not much movement, watch the entire video, I will teach you how to play this exact type of music.


If you have always wanted to learn to play old school Blues or tried to learn how to play guitar in the past but you've always failed to get the right sound, it was most likely the poor instruction that hindered you from learning. All of that useless math and science theory usually stops most people from learning guitar. That confusing garble gives everyone headaches. You were not alone.


 I remember when I was younger, I was trying to learn from some pro level "Blues" teacher.  When he talked it sounded like he had a mouthful of marbles. He spoke clearly, but it was all just a bunch of babble to my ears. 

Needless to say I never learned a thing from his lessons.

I was Not the type of person who could grasp, "it's a G chord with this note divided by the root and added with a minor 7th,...or it's an open F# with a suspended 9th"...and so on.


I remember thinking to myself, "How am I ever going to learn?"

I just wanted to play and enjoy guitar, I didn't want to study rocket engineering!



I found it too hard and frustrating to learn by looking at confusing fingerings or colored dots or watching fretboard farts by some fast playing music teacher who was using big words and fancy math.

I needed clear English!

Now flash ahead up to today;
 I have been playing guitar for almost 30 years. I have spent many years studying slide guitar, early Blues and traditional Rock. I also build and sell cigar box guitars under the name "Red Dog Guitars." The combination of my knowledge on the structure of how the cigar box guitar is built and the history of the music played on these unique guitars has given me a higher understanding than most people about slide and Blues music that is played on a 3 string guitar. 

 If you want to learn to play great old-time guitar with an authentic sound, the biggest tip for success I can share is "how to hear and think" in simple terms. Most of those pro Blues music teachers make it way too complicated than it needs to be.

This DVD is not like the other standard "hard to learn" courses that every one else has. 

On this DVD,
NO math is involved
NO scientific music theory

NO folding and unfolding fretboard maps and wall charts 

NO confusing books to balance on your knee as you try to play your guitar

This DVD is different. I will explain how to play guitar in clear everyday English. I offer correct explanation of the techniques, how to TUNE the guitar to get a truly authentic and vintage sound, and on your part, you will only need patience and practice. 

I also show on this DVD how to set up your guitar. I like mine to sound gritty with a ruff-edged vintage type sound. I like it when the guitar is kind of scratchy and sounds like it's struggling to stay in tune. It makes the music sound like an old recording from the past.

Let's take a step back in time and listen to something vintage, then I can explain more below. 


Here is something to think about, 

Along time ago, if some guy played music like that sitting on the porch of his farm house, then you can do it too. 
Try this,
Use your imagination and think of a time long ago in the past.  Imagine an old red barn or farm house during a peaceful time 100 years ago.

Think about an old wooden hay wagon at the edge of a corn field. Imagine an old farmer who works the crops in his field. He was just a hard worker from a long ago simpler time, someone from the past who could not read or write. 
Now, visualize him sitting on the porch of his farm house in a rocking chair after a long days work. He's holding in his lap an old homemade guitar that he's made out of a used cigar box and some scraps of wood.
He's just sitting there relaxing, not thinking to hard about what he's doing. He's just strummin' away a breezy afternoon without a care in the world. He's having fun and entertaining himself playing music he likes and making sounds that he enjoys. Nothing fancy about it.
Now picture this part,

 Do you think if me and you went back in time and walked up to him and asked him,
"Do you know what a D chord is transposed over the major 9th?" 
Do you think he would know what on earth we were talking about? 
Would he even know what "music theory" was?

The answer is, No.

OK, so I don't have a DeLorean time machine, I am just making a point here, 
If many of the greatest Bluesmen of the last century didn't know complicated music theory and math, then the truth is you don't need to study or know it either. None of it. You do Not have to learn any at all. I don't use it, and on this DVD we will not study it.   In fact, the more music theory and math you try to learn, the farther away your music gets from "Blues" and the more it sounds like contemporary and European music.
 You do not need to learn math or music theory to play great 3 string guitar. 3 string guitar is fun and simpleWith proper instruction on how to create and play that old time Blues era sound from early America, you will then understand how to make your guitar make the "sounds" you want and desire to play. 

 If you have had a bad experience learning how to play guitar in the past, this will not be the same. 
As we progress step by step through this lessons DVD you will start to "unlock" the cigar box guitar. After you have been taught the correct building blocks, then you will start to understand the 3 string guitar. That is in fact the name of this DVD.  This DVD is called "Understanding 3 string guitar."
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Understanding 3 string guitar How To Play DVD
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Check out this antique 3 string guitar in the photo below.

If you look closely you can see that the third tuner comes strait up from the back of the headstock. How cool is that!
It must have also been used for slide and Blues guitar because if you look at the neck it is marked with guitar spacing so the player would know where to stop the slide.
I would love to have heard this cigar box guitar being played. It is from the 1930's. I bet it sounded great!







 Cigar Box Guitar Pickups for sale.

These homemade cigar box guitar pickups will fit either a 3 or 4 string guitar and will add that vintage tone and long lost haunting sound from the 1920's to any neck thru cigar box guitar. 

They are warm sounding and clear at lower volume, but when you overdrive amp or turn up the gain, they will give a raunchy Southern Bottleneck and Electric Blues sound that will sound as authentic as those old scratchy records from the past.

These pickups can play and record just about any type of music.They have flat bar ceramic magnets that stretch across the pickup and therefor do not need to be aligned with each string like a standard guitar pickup with upright pole pieces. This makes it much easier to add to any string width or configuration and it can be added to any cigar box guitar.
 Here is a short video of these pickups




 The wood I use is American cherry. I only use that wood because it is a strait and stable species of wood. I try to pick out the best looking pieces that you will admire for a lifetime.

These art is hand drawn art one at a time and they are all drawn freehand with Archival Black ink embedded deep into the wood.


They're super easy to install, just cut a hole in the top of your instrument and drop it in. Then screw it down. The screws are are provided with each pickup.

These pickups fit both 3 and 4 string guitars.

Right now I only have Old Timer Pickups for sale.



*** Update November 2018 ***
I only have few Old Timer pickups left before the Christmas orders start
 email me at  john@reddogguitars.com

 I make these pickups with great care and spend a lot of time making the artwork look and feel as authentic as possible. I hope that you accept the craft time and devotion I have put into these one of a kind handmade guitar pickups. I like vintage sounding Blues and old rustic Slide guitar music, and if you do to, these pickups can recreate that old time vintage authentic tone. 


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*** About the CD shipping cost of 1.88 each ***

To make the shipping cost fair for everyone, and not create a giant email hassle trying to figure out everyone's exact shipping cost. I have set a BELOW cost price of 1.88 per disc that 'checks out' with a pre set Flat rate, no matter if you order one disc, or 5, they all cost 1.88 per disc to mail.

(even if you order 3 disc at 1.88 x 3 = 5.64,
 that's still cheaper than the 7.15 I will have to pay)

From down the street to deep in the Arctic circle, if you have an address, 1 dollar and 88 cents and I will get it there. If it cost more, I will pay. I will make sure you get you disc or pickups, ANYWHERE on planet Earth! If you have a mail box...I will get your package to you. 


 I am so confident that you will love the gritty and neat homemade package I will send you. I know the anticipation of ordering and waiting for your package to show up, that when it does show up, the fulfilment of receiving an actual item, will give you a greater appreciation for all the time and effort I put into it. 
The music took many months to record , edit and complete. I have made something that I myself would love to receive. 





 As they say....the times are a changin'...
Yep, Compact Disc are phasing out, so I do understand many people don't even own a CD player. I remember when they were "cutting edge" technology and new! I wonder what happened to the guy who sold 8-track tapes???

The music Download links for the albums above are here, they check out thru PayPal at $14 even ( no need for shipping cost or waiting. The music will be downloaded now)
There is no DVD downloads yet. This is just for music.

Click on the or the Blue writing or the word "buy" button and it will take you to a PayPal download.

It's just $14 even, no waiting for the mail, you can play these songs on any digital device, cell phone, computer or any Mp3 player.


This is the Dust Bowl Blues Album




This is the Cigar Box Americana album

 



Thanks for your time in reading this far, email me if you have any questions.


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