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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565235479
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565235472
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.6 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There?s nothing more rootsy than a Cigar Box Guitar. If you?re not familiar with this musical art project, it?s time to get acquainted. D.I.Y. craftsmanship is a plus when embarking on this dexterous adventure. And, it?s time to get on board with your music-loving kin for what could become a new fest family tradition. Instead of special brownie baking, graduate to Cigar Box Guitar making. The Cigar Box Guitar Revolution is spreading across the nation, and it?s your mission to introduce this down-home porch pastime to your audio amigos. Bring the artistry fest-side and prepare for 2012 Fest Season with a whole new band ? of handcrafted guitars. What makes these melodic toys so nifty? Their uniqueness, of course. Each CBG is constructed from your own personal heap of hoarded delights. That?s right. It?s time to donate your clutter to something useful. But, how does one go about creating one of these grassroots instruments? D.I.Y. masters, this one?s for you. A copy of Cigar Box Guitars: The Ultimate DIY Guide for the Makers and Players of the Handmade Music Revolution is the ideal how-to source. The book is laced with images and tutorials on how to design up to three different models of Cigar Box Guitars, courtesy of author/photographer David Sutton.

art DIY guide, part scrapbook ? this book takes you behind the music to get a glimpse into the faces, places and workshops of the cigar box revolution. Cigar box guitars have never been more popular and now you can learn to make your own. You don't need to spend a lot of money and you don't need to have a shop full of tools. All you need to do is follow the author's step-by-step instructions for making three different styles of guitar. They're fun (some would say addictive) to build and even more fun to play! The guitars that can be made with this book: ? Basic CBG: A simple build with the minimum number of components. It's a three string acoustic instrument built from a paper covered box and played with a slide and has burned-in fret lines, but no real frets. ? Slightly Nicer CBG. Uses a nicer cigar box, has a more decorative, built-up headstock. Also has burned in fret-lines and three strings. In addition, this one incorporates a very simple piezo pickup so it can be played through an amplifier. Slightly more complex in woodworking terms and involves a bit of wiring and soldering. ? Cigar Box Telecaster. This one would be built from a cigar box and a pre-fabbed six-string guitar neck. It would use commercial pickups and volume/tone controls. I'm picturing it as a tribute to the Fender Telecaster. It involves more complicated woodworking and much more wiring/soldering, as well as filling much of the box with wood to support the tension of six steel strings. More than just a how-to guide, this book chronicles the modern revival of the cigar box guitar. You?ll learn a bit about its roots, influential personalities and the cultural trends that are bringing this instrument back to the musical landscape. Author and professional photographer, David Sutton introduces readers the faces of the CGB movement with in-depth profiles and photographic portraits of fascinating builders and performers. Basic information about learning to play and tune a cigar box guitar are also included. A perfect opportunity to put a real American tradition in your own hands.

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Smoke 'em if you've got 'em - and then get creative! "It was pretty fun how this all came together," says David Sutton, whose book, Cigar Box Guitars: The Ultimate DIY Guide For The Makers And Players Of The Handmade Music Revolution, will be issued by Fox Chapel Publishing on 1 March 2012. "Through the years I've been active in woodworking, guitar playing, photography and writing. So this project combined my interests beautifully." Five years ago, Sutton wanted to give his young daughter an acoustic guitar for a birthday present, but he didn't feel right about parting with one of his vintage beauties - and besides, they were too large anyway. "I had heard about cigar box guitars, so I thought, Hey, why not just build her one?" says Sutton. "I was stunned to find that there was hardly anything on Google about building a cigar box guitar. That really surprised me." There was one site, however, that offered useful information on how to build a wooden cigar box guitar. Sutton followed the instructions and built not one, but two guitars, one for his daughter and one for himself. "The whole experience really got me excited," he says. "I knew I wanted to spread the word." Sutton contacted Fox Chapel Publishing about putting together a book on cigar box guitars. He figured that he wouldn't hear anything at all, and if he did, it would be a rejection. But the next morning, a rep from the company called to say they were keenly interested - and when could it be finished? "I was so unprepared for that," says Sutton. "But I think I threw them when I said I wanted to do a book with three separate components, the first showing people how to build straight-up acoustic models for slide, the second for fretted electrics, and a third and last chapter for six-string electrics. Before long, they realized that the three-section approach was the way to go." In reaching out to fellow cigar box guitar builders, Sutton was more than impressed at how the movement had grown in the time since he had first thought of crafting a model for his daughter. "It exploded almost overnight," he says. "All of these people are building cigar box guitars. They're totally into it, and they're very into helping one another out and creating a community. "The guitars people are building range from simple, cardboard diddley bow-type instruments to wooden box electric six-string models that are just as good as something you can buy in a store. At first I was fascinated by the guitars alone, but then I got into the folks making them. Their stories are incredible." Sutton insists that the makers of cigar box guitars aren't luddites; rather, they're discerning craftspeople who yearn for a personal connection to their instruments. "They occupy a niche, but they're a growing niche," says Sutton. "Mass market guitars exist for many people. For others, there's something else - and that's beginning to mean cigar box guitars."

A great new book devoted to Cigar Box Guitars and the people who build them has just been released by Fox Chapel publishing... Filled with beautiful full-color photos, interviews with many of the biggest names in the cigar box guitar movement, and lots of practical how-to information, this is a great book for either the coffee table or the workshop - or both!

You might be accustomed to seeing Evanston photographer David Sutton with a camera in one hand. These days, though, he?s just as likely to have a homemade cigar box guitar in the other. Sutton, whose fame as a photographer of people and their pets is such that Forbes magazine has called him America?s best, has written a book about his newest passion entitled Cigar Box Guitars: The Ultimate DIY Guide for Makers and Players of the Handmade Music Revolution (Fox Chapel Publishing, 2012). And, as you might expect, it?s full of Sutton photos illustrating how to make your own musical instrument ? and your own music. A longtime amateur woodworker who has also played guitar since he was a boy, Sutton said he started thinking about making one around five years ago, when his five-year-old daughter Alisha expressed an interested in his guitars. ?I wanted to give her one, so she could try it out, but she was so little. I?d hover, thinking, ?She?s going to bang it up? ? mainly because they were so big and unwieldy,? he said. ?Then, out of nowhere, I had this thought: ?Cigar box guitars.? I don?t know where it came from. Maybe my dad mentioned it when I was a kid.? Basic pattern Regardless, Sutton looked online and found a site or two with minimalistic plans for making a real, honest-to-goodness, 19th-century/Depression-era favorite, three-string guitar out of a 1 x 2?? pine neck, a few old tuning keys, and a cigar box for the body. He made one for his daughter and one for himself and was a little surprised about how much of a kick he got out of playing this thing he?d made with his own hands. Although he?d played guitar most of his life, he said he felt different about the music he made on his homemade instrument. Though he had previously never felt comfortable performing for others, he felt competent and confident playing his cigar box special ? along with a special thrill about the sound it made. ?After you?ve made your own guitar, making your own music makes simple sense,? he said. ?It?s a great de-mystifying process, making your own instrument. Building one, somehow, makes playing music on it seem more accessible.? Sutton isn?t the only one who?s made this discovery ? far from it. When he first looked online for cigar box guitar plans, he could find only a couple of modest posts from aficionados. Now, five years later, a full-fledged homemade-music community has grown up on the Internet, with cigar box guitars in the forefront. DIY sites Look up Cigar Box Guitars on YouTube and you will find countless entries by people either explaining how to build or play CBGs (particularly videos demonstrating old-school, gut-bucket, down-home slide-guitar blues), sometimes with tens of thousands of views apiece. In addition, websites such as cigarboxnation.com and handmademusicclubhouse.com have racked up thousands of subscribers. What?s behind the sudden rise in awareness about the joys of homemade music? ?Well, we?re not as rich as we thought we were,? Sutton said, with a laugh. ?Perhaps because of the economy and perhaps just as a reaction to the idea that only professionals can be artists and entertainers, the idea that you have to buy your fun is petering out. People are realizing you don?t have to have the biggest, finest, most expensive stuff to have fun, or make music. If you?ve got a cigar box and some old strings and a few used tuners, and a real desire to play, that?s all you need.?

From the Back Cover

Go behind the music for a glimpse of the faces, places, and workshops of the cigar box revolution. Learn how to make, play, and enjoy the incredible cigar box guitar, and discover the influential personalities who are changing the musical landscape with their playable art. Professional photographer and woodworking enthusiast David Sutton introduces you to the culture of this self-expressive movement, with in-depth profiles and photographic portraits of fascinating builders and performers. Inside Cigar Box Guitars, you'll find step-by-step instructions for making three different guitars, as well as several photographic galleries of historic and contemporary instruments to inspire you to create your own instrument that will be admired by everyone who sees and hears it.

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Great pictures and well written.
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This is the best book I have seen on cigar box guitars.
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Can't wait to get in the shop and start experimenting.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bad Penny Guitars on March 21, 2012
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This is the best book I have seen on cigar box guitars. There are a few other very good books, but this is the best. I really enjoyed reading the player profiles and found several to be very inspirational. I have been building CBG's for about a year and I take every opportunity to learn a little more about the history and maybe pickup a few tips here and there. This book is perfect for both. Very informative and awesome photography. Nice work David, appreciate your hard work!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Archtop on April 28, 2012
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This is a very well done book! From the beautiful photographs to the bits and pieces of construction. A high quality made book.
Suitable gift for that budding luthier that likes folk instruments.
The book's focus is more on the current state of this venerable instrument instead of it's history.
It arrived in the Amazon cardboard shipping package (that protects it from damage and is totally recyclable!) in perfect condition!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By auilachs on July 29, 2013
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Think of this book as being organized into 3 sections (recipes / plans, photo galleries, and biographies of successful builders.) The recipes / plans section is certainly extremely useful (5 stars); I just wish there was more content. The photo galleries provide a lot of creative hints if you study them very carefully, so let's call that part 3.5 stars. The "biographies of successful builders" section is kind of interesting, but really does not belong in a book subtitled "The Ultimate DIY Guide for Makers and Players..." Unfortunately, most of the text is "biographies of successful builders." I could have saved myself some time and money by buying this book and carefully studying it before starting my first build, so I would recommend the book to beginners. Still, more technical building information and less "Jimmy was born in North Carolina" would make for a better DIY book. The really important technical details are missing. For example, the author notes that Piezo pickups (where most of us start) are prone to feedback, but makes minimal efforts to explain why, or what to do about it - that seems like a significant oversight. As far as information for "players," there is virtually zero advice. Buy it as a reference, but realize it is just a place to start.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jognart on July 23, 2012
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This book is packed with good information on how to build a cigar box guitar. I had not built a CBG before and this book made it possible.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jess. on May 19, 2012
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This book is exactly wnat I wanted to start making CBGs. The information is reasonably detailed and illustrates examples to support the information. Interesting biographies about others with the same inclination. It is an encouraging book with excellent photographs, presented in a logical manner for anyone else so inclined. Thank you.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Skeif on April 9, 2012
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I have purchased this for a friend who made a three stringer and
upon receiving this book has gone on to make a one stringer and
is now making a Diddly-Bow with intentions to follow that with a
Tea-Chest, Upright Bass.
He has hand carved the necks himself and found it easy to find
other components, all at a reasonable price
for a lifetime of enjoyment with friends.
This has been a very positive purchase - Skeif
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GH on April 5, 2013
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Worth the money and worth the read. I haven't tried to build using the instructions yet but Im happy with the possibilities.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leonard Riemersma on March 19, 2013
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A great book for players and builders of CBG Excellent resouces and photos for building step by step to make your own.
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