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Hi, I'm David Sutton and I'm writing a book which is tentatively titled "The Art of the Cigar Box Guitar" for Fox Chapel Publishing. Fox Chapel publishes books about woodworking primarily but they're branching out a bit.
I'm looking for short (1 sentence to two paragraphs?) comments from clubhouse builders on the subject of what building and/or playing cigar box guitars means to you, what has it brought to your life and why you do it?
Be advised that I intend to publish some of these comments, so whatever you write could end up published. If you post here you are implying permission for me to use the quotes.
You may choose to identify yourself by name or by initials, just let me know what your preference would be.
If you have any questions let me know, and if you'd like a couple of solid references talk to Ted Crocker or to Diane in Chicago. Please tell your friends if you think they might have something to say.
Thanks!

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well david my real name is david miller and i have been building wow guesse its been almost 2 years now. The reason i got interested in cbg's is i have always been a fan of the blues at in reading about all the old timers it always seem that they started off on cigarbox guitars they built themselves , then i had an opputunity to buy one from another builder here in PA. well with a messed up paypal address and no vehicle to go buy it in person i decided i would just build one myself. So I started doing a search on the internet about them and one of the things i came croee was a myspace called Cigarbox Headquarters .so i message this guy and he sent me a link to the yahoo builders forum ,and offered help with any questions i would have,lurked there a while learned what i needed and have been building ever since.... that guy from the my space page by the way was Ted Crocker who is now not only my mentor but a good friend

tey're are alot more pics on my page here but didn't want to add that many feal free to use any u see
hello david, i just discovered cigar box guitars around 18 months ago. i build them as often as i can because i have a creative thought processor that needs emptying on a regular basis. i have always built things ever since i was very young,but to build things that make music is more challenging and more fun. i have been given the name bairfoot cajun by some of my friends from texas,so i use that name as a cigar box guitar builder.

a simple double neck build with biscuit canister lids under the biscuit bridges to make the guitar sound similar to a resonator.
David, Mr Cajun is too modest. We all look up to what he comes up with. Pop a cold one and enjoy:


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The Art of the Cigar Box Guitar!

Dave, I told you about Brian/Bairfoot, lots of substance and character...


Somebody should write a book
Hi David,

Here's my 2 cents:

About 10 years ago I walked into a bar in Flagstaff, AZ and Richard Johnston was on stage playing his Lowebow. Needless to say, I was blown away by his performance and his instrument. He was kind enough to let me play his cbg for a couple of minutes and I've been hooked ever since.

Now that I'm a builder, I can't imagine spending hundreds of dollars on a store bought guitar. Nothing compares to the feeling of building your own instrument and playing it for the first time. Nothing.

Cheers,
Right On John
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That's great stuff, John, thanks!

David

Right On John said:
Hi David,

Here's my 2 cents:

About 10 years ago I walked into a bar in Flagstaff, AZ and Richard Johnston was on stage playing his Lowebow. Needless to say, I was blown away by his performance and his instrument. He was kind enough to let me play his cbg for a couple of minutes and I've been hooked ever since.

Now that I'm a builder, I can't imagine spending hundreds of dollars on a store bought guitar. Nothing compares to the feeling of building your own instrument and playing it for the first time. Nothing.

Cheers,
Right On John
http://handmademusic.ning.com/video/crossroads-going-home
Just a few of the guitars i've built.
The building of Cigar Box Guitars will turn a hardcore germaphobe into an all out dumpster divin' fool in about 3 days. It's the nature of the beast.

Me: "Hello, my name is Shane and I build Cigar Box Guitars."
Group: "Hi Shane, welcome to the meeting, were here to help you."

Join the CBG revolution!

Shane Hopkins
Clearwater Florida
www.sugarboxguitars.com
Shane, give us a tease of some of your performer photos. Start a group or a blog and load us up...

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