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    Hi, lovely people

    Has anyone here got, or had experience, with a cigar box guitar?

    I'm thinking of acquiring one as they SEEM to be fairly easy to play. Only 3 strings, and I've seen people playing them with the guitars resting on their laps instead of holding them in the normal guitar-playing style, which appeals to me.

    I don't know what I'm doing with proper guitar playing and found too many chords too difficult so gave up playing all together a long time ago. But this I think I could play around with and have some fun improvising and ad libbing stuff. Apparently many of these guitars don't even have fret markers, which slightly excites me as I really CAN just go free form and play entirely by ear instead of by rules or sight.

    Anyone?
    All things must pass...

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    Hi, lovely people

    Has anyone here got, or had experience, with a cigar box guitar?

    I'm thinking of acquiring one as they SEEM to be fairly easy to play. Only 3 strings, and I've seen people playing them with the guitars resting on their laps instead of holding them in the normal guitar-playing style, which appeals to me.

    I don't know what I'm doing with proper guitar playing and found too many chords too difficult so gave up playing all together a long time ago. But this I think I could play around with and have some fun improvising and ad libbing stuff. Apparently many of these guitars don't even have fret markers, which slightly excites me as I really CAN just go free form and play entirely by ear instead of by rules or sight.

    Anyone?


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    • #3
      I built a two-string bass cigar box (with strings made of weedwacker line) that's fretless and a lot of fun. I've got the parts for a 3-string nylon number I've been meaning to assemble, but I loathe cutting fret slots and haven't spent the time on it. I say go for it. IIRC, you're in Oz, so you're probably best ordering one built in-country than importing one.
      Jukejoint Handmedowns (my band)

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      Originally Posted by gennation


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      • #4
        I think cigar box guitars are like Volvos. I've known some people who have bought one, but I've never met anyone who bought a second one.
        Three Dreads......2 Martins and 1 YamahaA fiddle, a mando, a uke, eight harmonicas, a Zoom H2, a Panasonic recorder, coupla penny whistles, an Italian made Titano accordion, three handguns, at least a dozen chess sets, more power tools than Bob Vila, and one old Westclox "Big Ben" wind-up alarm clock that still works! Oh, BTW, I forgot to mention my ocarina and maracas.

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        • #5
          Get a cheap banjo without the resonator. Same sound.
          Be back when I get back. TTFN.

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          • #6
            Well, it's just for fun. And a bit of a different sound.

            We actually already have a banjo, named Bungalo Bill, heheh.
            All things must pass...

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            • #7
              woop
              http://cigarboxguitars.com/resources/how-to-build-a-cigar-box-guitar

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              • #8
                I would suggest that you look into mountain dulcimers, these, I think would sound a whole lot better. Lots of instructional videos and tabs too to learn how to play. Plenty for sale on Ebay and elsewhere for reasonable prices:
                http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p5197.m570.l1311&_nkw=mountain+dulc imer&_sacat=619
                Also, whole websites devoted to them:
                http://www.everythingdulcimer.com/discuss/index.php
                Bob
                Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. -- Dr. Seuss
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                Guild GAD JF-30
                Guild D212 12 Westerly,RI 1981
                Lyle Hummingbird
                Holloway Harp Guitar
                Lyle ES335
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                • #9
                  I would suggest that you look into mountain dulcimers, these, I think would sound a whole lot better.


                  I had that same thought, though the fret layout would limit the keys/modes one could play in.
                  Jukejoint Handmedowns (my band)

                  Find our album on iTunes!

                  A Month of Songs (Songwriting blog)







                  Originally Posted by gennation


                  Neither of us is gay or anything, it just happened.

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                  • #10
                    I forgot to add a sample
                    http://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/song_10107876?utm_campaign=opengraph&utm_content=s ong&utm_medium=link&utm_source=facebook
                    Fret layout can be limiting, but retuning is easy to play in different keys and there are capos too
                    Bob
                    Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. -- Dr. Seuss
                    -------------------------------
                    Guild GAD JF-30
                    Guild D212 12 Westerly,RI 1981
                    Lyle Hummingbird
                    Holloway Harp Guitar
                    Lyle ES335
                    HCAG Civil Posters Society #10
                    My Music: http://www.reverbnation.com/bobstarr

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                    • #11
                      I forgot to add a sample
                      http://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/song_10107876?utm_campaign=opengraph&utm_content=s ong&utm_medium=link&utm_source=facebook
                      Fret layout can be limiting, but retuning is easy to play in different keys and there are capos too
                      Bob


                      It's been a long time since I've played one, but obviously re-tuning would be limited by the stretchability of the strings. Capos would allow for some truly weird modes to be played, but it wouldn't open up all the keys, as the frets are not evenly spaced.
                      Jukejoint Handmedowns (my band)

                      Find our album on iTunes!

                      A Month of Songs (Songwriting blog)







                      Originally Posted by gennation


                      Neither of us is gay or anything, it just happened.

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                      • #12
                        Cigar Box's are very cool I think. I'm not sure what kind of music you are into, but if your into Blues... I think every blues guitar player should own a Cigar Box. Your right, a 3string style one is common, but some I've seen have 4 strings as well. (mine is 3) another thing to concider if your into blues, is a Diddley Bo'. it is a one string instrument, and usually has no frets. The traditional slide for one is a 16 penny nail, though most I've seen play, use a regular guitar slide.
                        My two favorite players are, Scott Ainslie, and Sea Sick Steve. Here are a few you tubes with them.
                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qm8jmaa9_N4
                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhjC1w3g40M
                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-vSZFEWHlo&NR=1&feature=endscreen
                        Good luck and I bet you'll have loads of fun.

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                        • #13
                          I had that same thought, though the fret layout would limit the keys/modes one could play in.


                          Just in case you didn't know.......they DO make chromatic dulcimers.

                          Three Dreads......2 Martins and 1 YamahaA fiddle, a mando, a uke, eight harmonicas, a Zoom H2, a Panasonic recorder, coupla penny whistles, an Italian made Titano accordion, three handguns, at least a dozen chess sets, more power tools than Bob Vila, and one old Westclox "Big Ben" wind-up alarm clock that still works! Oh, BTW, I forgot to mention my ocarina and maracas.

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                          • #14
                            Cool! certainly not traditional, and anyone ordering a dulcimer would have to be sure of what they were getting.
                            Jukejoint Handmedowns (my band)

                            Find our album on iTunes!

                            A Month of Songs (Songwriting blog)







                            Originally Posted by gennation


                            Neither of us is gay or anything, it just happened.

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                            • #15
                              They can be a lot more versatile than one thinks! My friend Bing Futch is amazing on the instrument!



                              Bob
                              Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. -- Dr. Seuss
                              -------------------------------
                              Guild GAD JF-30
                              Guild D212 12 Westerly,RI 1981
                              Lyle Hummingbird
                              Holloway Harp Guitar
                              Lyle ES335
                              HCAG Civil Posters Society #10
                              My Music: http://www.reverbnation.com/bobstarr

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