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?

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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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