Cigar Box Guitar

After the Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival this weekend (more on that soon), Chris and I spent Sunday wandering Gatlinburg, TN. On a whim, we wandered into a mall that had some handcrafted arts and such, when we heard a great bluesy guitar sound. One thing led to another, and I left in possession of this little darlin’:

A cigar box guitar! Handmade by Roger Martin, playing here:

Roger makes and plays these, beautifully on both counts. We stayed and talked for at least an hour after I had bought my guitar, listening to Roger’s stories and chatting.

This cbg is fretless, so I’ve been playing with a slide. I’ve been practicing, but a long way off from a sound I’d care to share (inflict?). And then there’s the fact that I don’t currently read sheet music, but I won’t let that spoil the fun. I’m in love with this little homegrown instrument, and the long history of cigar box guitars.

Anyone play one? Thoughts? Tips?


One response to “Cigar Box Guitar

  1. WOW! I found your blog by accident while checking our website for ” holes”
    Thank you for the very kind words!

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