Blues Box Guitars






This is a website about homemade and 3 string guitars.

 There are guitars and pickups for sale at the bottom of the page.

There is a How to Play 3 string guitar video and a How to build Cigar Box Guitars Video - Downloads below.
If you enjoy listen to old time Blues and slide guitar music. There is music recorded with only these homemade guitars that you can listen to below.

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 I am still here and shipping from home. It's October 2021 and I have no plans to slow down - The daily postman comes mid afternoon.

Anyways, enjoy the videos and music on this site and once again the guitars are for sale are at the very bottom of the page. 

If you like old time blues music there is also three different cigar box guitar music albums that can be downloaded right to your computer.




This music is old school blues music played on home made guitars. 
Have a listen, It's only slide guitar playing - no singing, no band. Just guitar.

If you click the right corner of the photo where it says "buy" you can download it.
 The fastest way get great at slide guitar, is the hear great slide guitar music!

If you want and actual CD in mail, I can mail you one anywhere world wide. email me at    John@reddogguitars.com








 







Listening to these old forgotten sounds of the part is like taking a journey back into a time... Imagine walking through an old ghost town in the 1880's, the suspense, the mystery, the whispers that you can barley hear.






All of the music and videos on this site were recorded with only 3 and 4 string guitars. No regular guitars were use in recording or filming these videos.

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A lot can be done with a homemade guitar, you can record old time blues with little effort, these guitars have such a heavenly sound that don't require much effort to play, you can let the guitar work for you because the tone is so unique. 




Three string guitars are easy to play.  Blues and early slide guitar 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 blues box guitar. If the old school blues musicians of the 1880's didn't know music theory or complicated math, than neither do you.

I have recored this video to explain how to play 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 Blues and slide WITHOUT using complicated math. 

 I have broken down in small easy building blocks to learn step by step and to put together to achieve that authentic 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,


When I was in my teens, I was totally fascinated with playing the guitar. I tried to learn from many teachers.  
I was not the type of person who could grasp, "it's a G chord with this note as the root....or it's with a minor 7th,...or it's an open F#...and so on.

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

 I found it too hard and frustrating to learn by looking at confusing maps or dots or watching fret board layouts using math that I didn't understand.

I just wanted to play guitar. So, I ended up spending my entire 20's and 30's studying and learning simpler forms of guitar playing such as slide and blues guitar. I learned how to play by ear. I can now teach you how to play old school blues in a simple and easy manner and you will be able to pickup your own guitar and play riffs and music that sounds like its from the past.




If you have always wanted to learn to play old fashioned 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. A lot of that math and science theory usually stops most people from learning guitar. You were not alone, it has happened to so many.

 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 guitars under the name "Red Dog Guitars." My history of dealing with only this type of guitars has given me a higher understanding than most people about the 3 string guitar.  I just love these guitars as if it was the first day I heard and saw one myself!

the first time I heard myself just "kind of use" a clunky slide down my guitar neck....I just knew right then and there it was the sound that I wanted in my life.

 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.

In this How to Play video, there is 

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 video 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 you 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. 
   Imagine a time long ago and a farmer sitting in a rocking chair on the front porch after a long days work in the fields. He's holding his 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 too hard about what he's doing. He's just playing guitar on a breezy afternoon without a care in the world. He's having fun and entertaining himself playing sounds that his ears can enjoy. If he can do it you can too. It's just that simple.

3 string guitars are fun to play. When you learn how to play a 3 string guitar you can create music that sounds so vintage you will think it's from the 1890's.

 
 Thanks for your time and if you have read this far, email me with any questions.







This video is instant download. These mp4 video will play on any computer, phone, or digital device.



 
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If you have any questions email me at john@reddogguitars.com





     


This is a Delta Blues cigar box guitar music CD disc that 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 to what it would have sounded like in the early 1900's. The music on this Disc is played mostly on three string cigar box guitars. Some of the tracks have 4 string cigar box guitar, but all of the tracks were only recorded with homemade cigar box guitars. 



  My goal with this album was to take the listener back in time to the 1880's and up to 1930's and to relive those old Dust Bowl Ballads and Delta Blues 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.








This album is instant download. These mp3 songs play on any computer, phone, or digital device.




 
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If you have any questions email me at john@reddogguitars.com




This is a cigar box guitar music CD called - Cigar Box Americana.

 It has music recorded to sound like it was from the early 1900's and those long lost sounds from America's past. This music is old-time Blues 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 style music 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 and some were setup clear as a bell. I've also used a old Pignose amp to record several songs. They record with a real primitive Southern gritty sound. 

 I have also recorded several songs with some old Retro "Radio Guitar Amps." They were once 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 on this album 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.















This album is instant download. These mp3 songs play on any computer, phone, or digital device.



 
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If you have any questions email me at john@reddogguitars.com








How To Build Cigar Box Guitars 






Cigar box guitars are very easy to play. But just as easy as they are to play, they are also easy and fun to build.

 I have filmed and editing a download instruction video that 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 video, this is not basic youtube info.   This is 2 hours of complete A to Z Cigar Box Guitar building lessons. It will 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, this video will show you how I make a guitar achieve the unique tone that a Red Dog Guitar has.

  This video 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. It is full of many secrets that can only be found through years of experience.
 I share what to do about the body, fretting and homemade fretting like a pro with basic hand tools. I cover headstocks and so much more than you could ever get from 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.

In this 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. 



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 in this video. 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 to see this video on how I make mine and how to build with 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 Video

 Homemade resonator guitars are super fun and unique guitars, plus you can play one 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!
Everyone has asked me how I make my resonators look so unique and sound so crisp and vintage, so I have taken time to 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.
 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.There are many makers of resonator parts that sound great. I also share how to use paint can lids or pot lids etc. to get that old school reso-tone.

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 video you will have many great ideas to incorporate in your own guitar making. Once again, it doesn't matter if this is your first time, or your 10th. This video will help give you the ability to make really awesome guitars. 
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.
It's all possible with the instructions I am going to share with you.
  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. This video lets you peer over my shoulder and see exactly what I do.





This video is instant download. This mp4 video will play on any computer, phone, or digital device.


 
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If you have any questions email me at john@reddogguitars.com











Below are fully built guitars I have for sale.
This website is always updated, these guitars for sale are the exact ones in the photo.

My email is john@reddogguitars.com 

If you have any questions about these guitars, email me ...don't be shy!
 I ship world wide Anywhere in the world safe and secure.

The few guitars that I have here for sale all check out with Paypal. 

There should be a button below the photos that says "Add to Cart"
This is a separate cart than the Downloads above, this is only for the guitars or Pickups.
This page is updated every week.
The shipping is Flat Rate $88.00. I ship world wide and it's explained below at the bottom of this page. Basically if you buy a guitar, I cover the extra cost. I will make sure you get the guitar safe and insured, NO matter where you are in the world. 


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Guitar for Sale Only! - No amplifier is for Sale

This is the Old Timer 3 string guitar. These are super fun to play guitars and have a great authentic vintage sound.
I have hand drawn and etched vintage style Old Timer brand cigar label art into metal cover art for the pickup. 




This guitar is simple and clean. It's painted an old satin black, it looks old but it smooth to the touch and painted with a retro 1950's lacquer style paint. This guitar really has a great feel in your hands, but just as important it will play Blues unlike any other guitar. 

These old school 3 string guitars sound great with many types of amps. 
















This guitar is made to plug in and play, from vintage Southern Bottleneck Blues to amped up gritty 1950's Electric Chicago-land slide guitar and everything in between.

Shipping anywhere in the world 

Old Timer -3- String Cigar Box Guitar $985 
Shipping anywhere in the world $88



 

email me if you have questions at

john@reddogguitars.com


Have a listen to this video,





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- The Bounty Hunter - 3 String Guitar





This is a really fun to play guitar. It's also fun to look at!
The Bounty Hunter 3 string guitar.

 I have painted this guitar in a satin vintage royal blue that looks like it from the 1950's. This is a super fun to play guitar and a super delight to hold in your hands.

This guitar is  for sale at $965

 Shipping world wide is $88. - Shipped and insured anywhere in the world - same price $88






This guitar checks out through PayPal.
email me if you have questions about this guitar
at john@reddogguitars.com


















3 String Blues guitar from days long ago.....



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Indian - 3 String Guitar







This guitar has a colonial burgundy color and feels satin smooth to the touch. It is a one of a kind guitar and you'll enjoy playing slide guitar or fretted 3 string... it has such a vibrant paint job...one of my favorites!
Shipping anywhere in the world 

Indian -3- String Cigar Box Guitar $985 
Shipping anywhere in the world $88


email me if you have questions at

john@reddogguitars.com





















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Thanks for giving me the opportunity to share my music and videos with you. I am just one person who is super passionate about the hobby of homemade guitars. To me there is many many lifetimes of exploration a person can do in this hobby. You can learn and explore both the craft of building them....but also, playing them and then there is the art of recording with them.... and making recordings for video such as soundtracks, that is a whole world in itself!
  Much of this music has taken many years to put together. I hope that you have an appreciation for all the time and effort I put into it. You can always see my newest stuff on youtube.


Still here??? I'm running out of room on this site....

Watch this,


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One of my all time antique home made guitar photos.

How about that craftsmanship






I have several websites and pages of these guitars, art and blues music, 
to see more - visit to the full Red Dog Guitars website at this link