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Making poor man's guitars : cigar box guitars, the frying pan banjo, and other DIY instruments / Shane Speal.

By: Speal, Shane [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Mount Joy, PA : Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Inc., [2018]Description: 176 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781565239463; 1565239466.Subject(s): Cigar box guitar -- Construction | Musical instruments -- Construction | Musical instruments -- Construction | Cigar box guitarGenre/Form: Nonfiction.DDC classification: 784.192/3 Summary: "This book presents the authentic stories of American DIY music, with step-by-step projects, photo studies of antique instruments, interviews with music legends, and historical accounts. Shane Speal, the King of the Cigar Box Guitar, shows how anyone can build amazing musical instruments from found items"-- Provided by publisher.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Many books have been written about how to build cigar box guitars and other unique hand-made instruments... but few have touched on why. This book presents the authentic stories of American DIY music with step-by-step projects, photo studies of antique instruments, interviews with music legends, and historical accounts. Shane Speal, the "King of the Cigar Box Guitar," brings the making of music and musical instruments back to its roots. From a simple two-string tin can guitar to an electrified washtub bass, Shane shows how anyone can build amazing musical instruments from found items. Sidebars present the fascinating backstory of the music, capturing struggle, poverty and the blues within the artistic side of cigar box guitar building. Featuring an introduction from the New Orleans Museum of Jazz, this DIY musical instrument book is as inspirational to read in the living room as it is in the workshop.

Includes index.

"This book presents the authentic stories of American DIY music, with step-by-step projects, photo studies of antique instruments, interviews with music legends, and historical accounts. Shane Speal, the King of the Cigar Box Guitar, shows how anyone can build amazing musical instruments from found items"-- Provided by publisher.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction (p. 5)
  • Foreword: Little Freddie King's Cigar Box Guitar: A Bluesman's Firsthand Account (p. 6)
  • 1 "Nobody Builds a Cigar Box Guitar Because They Want to Play Nice Things" (p. 9)
  • 2 How to Build a Three-String Cigar Box Guitar (p. 15)
  • 3 Variations on a Theme - Pickups and Mods to the Three-String Cigar Box Guitar (p. 46)
  • 4 "The Portland Cowboy" Tin Can Guitar (p. 68)
  • 5 "Foot Stomper" Cigar Box Percussion Unit (p. 81)
  • 6 Electric Washtub Bass, a.k.a. "The Soul Bucket" (p. 89)
  • 7 Beer Can Microphone (p. 100)
  • 8 2 × 4 Lap Steel Guitar (p. 111)
  • 9 The Mailbox Guitar (A Builders Diary) (p. 133)
  • 10 Cigar Box Preamp (p. 142)
  • 11 Electric Washboard (p. 147)
  • 12 "The Lady" Guitar - An Electric Guitar Illegally Handmade inside a Prison (p. 154)
  • 13 Recreating Scrapper Blackwell's Cigar Box Guitar (A Builder's Diary) (p. 160)
  • 14 Tips on Selling Cigar Box Guitars at Festivals and Craft Fairs (p. 166)
  • Cigar Box Guitar and DIY Instrument Resources (p. 171)
  • Appendix (p. 173)
  • Index (p. 174)

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Publishers Weekly Review

Musician Speal shares his decades of experience in building, playing, and customizing classic DIY instruments in this delightful guide. It was hearing Jimi Hendrix's "Red House" that caused him to abandon his beloved thrash metal and punk, and go down a bluesy rabbit hole, eventually leading to cigar box guitars. Readers will learn not only how to assemble and play the basic three-string model, but how to customize it, whether by making sound holes using furnace grates, adding text to the neck with a woodburning tool, or installing an electrical pickup. Ideas for further customization, such as using a paint-can lid for an even more distinct tone, are also detailed, as are descriptions of additional DIY stringed instruments like a one-stringed violin, electric stand-up washtub bass, and even a microphone made out of a beer can, all accompanied by clear instructions, shopping lists, and plenty of helpful photos. Speal makes no pretense of having discovered the cigar box guitar all by himself, citing numerous articles and anecdotes that testify to the instrument's well-established place in American music history. His passion for and obvious love of his instrument of choice shines through in this terrific study. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.