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How to Build a Guitar : the String Stick Box Method

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Twenty year veteran guitarist and guitar maker Bill Jehle blends traditional techniques of modern lutherie with the venerable cigar box guitar to create a radical new approach to learning the art of guitar building: build something quickly, simply and inexpensively first, then refine your technique for building a traditional guitar. All the techniques shown in the DVD directly apply to building a traditional guitar. These guitars are just a much more simple way to get started building and a perfect way to learn and experiment.

Also, you don't need plans to make a guitar like this. You learn how to make things work together right from the start. I'll show you how! It's EASY!

If you are interested in building your own guitar but have put off getting started for fear of having to buy hundreds of dollars worth of tools and tone woods, fear no more. How to Build a Guitar : The String, Stick, Box Method will reveal how to do it quickly and affordably while having the time of your life! What is really amazing about learning to build a traditional guitar by starting with a simple cigar box guitar is that everything is optional on these guitars. The frets, the finish, the number of strings, and even the wood working are all optional. You really can build a guitar out of anything with the String, Stick, Box Method! Once you've mastered the basics of construction, you can tackle many other advanced instruments confidently.

This DVD is for anyone interested in building their own guitar, and learning to do it simply in a "walk before you run" style. How to Build a Guitar: The String, Stick, Box Method covers:
* What is a Guitar?
* Layout and planning
* Bridge and nut placement
* String scale
* Calculation of fret positions
* Fret installation
* Neck tapering and profiling
* Headstock design
* Finishing and adding electronics
* Setup

All the while:
* Keeping cost to a minimum!
* Keeping the number of tools to a minimum!
* Maximizing the creativity and fun of building a guitar!

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Twenty year veteran guitarist and guitar maker Bill Jehle blends traditional techniques of modern lutherie with the venerable cigar box guitar to create a radical new approach to learning the art of guitar building: build something quickly, simply and inexpensively first, then refine your technique for building a traditional guitar. All the techniques shown in the DVD directly apply to building a traditional guitar such as a Strat or Les Paul. These guitars are just a much more simple way to get started building and a perfect way to learn and experiment.

If you are interested in building your own guitar but have put off getting started for fear of having to buy hundreds of dollars worth of tools and tone woods, fear no more. How to Build a Guitar : The String, Stick, Box Method will reveal how to do it quickly and affordably while having the time of your life! What is really amazing about learning to build a traditional guitar by starting with a simple cigar box guitar is that everything is optional on these guitars. The frets, the finish, the number of strings, and even the wood working are all optional. You really can build a guitar out of anything with the String, Stick, Box Method! Once you've mastered the basics of construction, you can tackle many other advanced instruments confidently.

This DVD is for anyone interested in building their own guitar, and learning to do it simply in a "walk before you run" style. How to Build a Guitar: The String, Stick, Box Method covers:

  • What is a Guitar?
  • Layout and planning
  • Bridge and nut placement
  • String scale
  • Calculation of fret positions
  • Fret installation
  • Neck tapering and profiling
  • Headstock design
  • Finishing and adding electronics
  • Setup

All the while:

  • Keeping cost to a minimum!
  • Keeping the number of tools to a minimum!
  • Maximizing the creativity and fun of building a guitar!

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Product Details

  • Directors: Bill Jehle
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: BellyJelly Music
  • DVD Release Date: January 3, 2011
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JCEUA0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,037 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Shane W. Speal on September 24, 2007
As the curator of the National Cigar Box Guitar Museum, I have collected just about every instructional publication, book, article and other ephemera relating to cigar box guitars. Bill Jehle's video is the most informative, encouraging and helpful tool for creating these magical instruments that I've ever seen.

First of all, the average buyer (with little or no woodworking skills) going to end up with a playable, fretted cigar box guitar...no doubt about it. But Jehle doesn't just stop there. His end goal is to encourage homegrown luthiers to use the basic skills of cigar box guitar building and let them flourish into eventually building 'normal' guitars and other instruments.

Jehle has the magical spark that Mr. Rogers had...he makes you believe in yourself and your humble skills. I know that sounds hokey, but if you're on the fence about building your own instruments, Jehle will give you all the courage you need to tackle the project and come out triumphant.

And for those who don't know, cigar box guitars are becoming the next rumbling in the music underground. Musicians of all calibers and styles are abandoning their store bought gear and adopting these primitive tools for a sound that's grittier, meaner...and deeper.

Join the cigar box guitar revolution. This DVD is the ticket in.

I've built over 200 cigar box guitars and this video taught me a lot I didn't know.

Sincerely,
Shane Speal
(Shane Speal is the self proclaimed "King of the Cigar Box Guitar." Check out his newest cd "Stealing the Fire" on Amazon at Stealing the Fire )
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Thorsvik on May 30, 2008
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I've always wanted to make my own instrument. In this video, Bill shows you how to do just that. The great thing about his approach is that you can build one for around $30 in wood and parts and probably with the tools you already own. I just needed to get a rasp, some files, and a fret saw.

After watching the video, I built a four-string cigar box guitar with a built in pickup that is fun to play. I recently finished my second small guitar this time from scratch; it came out better than the first. I'm busy planning my third instrument.

This video made the intimidating process of building an instrument accessible to and doable for the average person. Books and pictures have their place, but the video demonstrations of how to do it gave me the confidence to go for it. I'm glad I did; it opened up a whole new world to me and I'm not looking back.

It's hard to describe the thrill and satisfaction that comes from playing an instrument you built yourself.

Thanks Bill

P.S. Check out the Cigar Box Guitar Group on Yahoo for pics, ideas, and info from cigar box guitar builders all over the world who are sharing thier passion.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Better Bikes on June 30, 2009
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This is very good DVD on how to build your own Cigar Box Guitar. I have built two so far and am currently finishing up my third. If Bill does a remake on this DVD I would like to see a section on how to build without the use of power tools and more details on measurements. Other than those two items this is the best instructional out there. You won't go wrong ordering this product!
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