Arranging a song from a 6-string guitar to a 3-string cigar box is an exercise in discovering the essential notes and chords. To do it right, you have to find the truest essence of the song (the main riffs, melody,…Read more
Welcome to PoorMansGuitar.com, a network dedicated to the history, preservation and research of folk instruments and their makers. This site is run by Shane Speal, a performing musician, historian and creator of the modern cigar box guitar resurgence. For Shane's music and live concerts, please visit www.ShaneSpeal.com
“Not all legends are written books. Sometimes they're written inside the instruments that people make. Making Poor Man's Guitars digs deep into the past to find the music that connects with the living soul of America.”
— Fox Chapel Publishing
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Many books have been written about how to build cigar box guitars and other unique hand-made instruments... but few have touched on why. Making Poor Man's Guitars presents the authentic stories of American DIY music with step-by-step projects, photo studies of antique instruments, interviews with music legends, and historical accounts.
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