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Cigar box guitars, anybody's into'em?

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by wildeman, Jul 10, 2018.

  1. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Age:
    68
    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Skill. Heart. Soul.

    Oh, all that, and tube amps.

    Most of those old players had no choice but to make their own instruments. Things like the diddly bo and banjo were just extensions of folk instruments from Africa. There are variants of the diddly bo in South America, the Caribbean, and Asia as well. Story has it that slide was "invented" by some kid playing with either a railroad spike or a pocket knife on his diddly bo. Muddy Waters, as the story goes, learned by tying old bits of inner tube to the side of a barn and "playing" with that until he got a real instrument. There were diddly bos, fiddles, guitars, basses (from washtubs here in the US, from tea chests in Britain), dulcimers and myriad other home built instruments. There's a lot of satisfaction to be had from DIY projects. Desperation and ingenuity can go a long way.

    Where you once were able to find cigar boxes free for the asking, tobacconists now charge for the nice wooden ones. I got a few from a buddy who smokes cigars constantly. I still have the box from cigars I bought for my wedding 42 years ago. I gave out cigars when my daughter was born in '89---and was the last one to do so AFAIK. End of an era.

    Check out guitarist Scott Ainslie. I got to work a show with him years ago. He's a blues guy, plays a '37 National, and is a proponent of CBGs. He also has a good repertoire of musician jokes.
     
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  2. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Age:
    52
    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    I have no idea how to tune or how to play them:(
    Is it something like a uke?
     
  3. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    Its a open tuned guitar.
     
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  4. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Age:
    68
    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    As Wildeman says, it's an open tuning. The three stringed ones can be tuned like a dulcimer or a balalaika---G1 G2 D. Four strings would be the same as the D G B E on guitar. If it's a one stringer used for slide, I'd likely use E. YMMV.

    Listen to some Seasick Steve or Scott Ainslie to get an idea of what's possible with a CBG.
     
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