Shane's Review: Paypal's Working Capital Loans - HORRIBLE

Here's a quick warning to any of my small biz friends in the instrument and arts & crafts world:  When Paypal offers to give you a loan, don't do it!

Paypal Working Capital offers loans to qualified users which is…

VIDEO: DIY Instrument Rasp Battle - Shinto Vs. Microplane

Daniel Hulbert of Circuits and Strings network is one of my favorite people on the internet.  Every week, he makes something new, from innovative travel ukuleles and other music inventions to experiments in 3D printing and more.  Each project is…

First Winners of "Hard Times Make Great Music" Contest Announced

For the past month, C. B. Gitty, CigarBoxNation.com and PoorMansGuitar.com has hosted an instrument build-off, encouraging people to use this time of quarantine to make some beautiful music art. 

The first winners have been selected from random entries in Facebook,…

Better than a Teenage Kegger: CELEBRATION is Coming Soon

LIFE IS ABOUT TO GET GOOD.  Are you ready for post-COVID-19?  Is the Church ready?  

I don't think so...

Let's face the facts: the virus will go away at some point.  Are we preparing for what's next?  Are we preparing…

Shane Speal Jr. Creates Beats With Just a Rubber Band

Many fans of Shane Speal's Snake Oil Band know my son, Shane Jr. (aka "Deuce") as our stunt drummer, appearing in many of my shows throughout the years.  In addition to being a percussionist, he is a sought-after hip hop…

DELTAPUNK AMP & GUITAR - A Blues Version of Steampunk!

Announcement:  Your instruments can be props as much as playable instruments!  This pair is the perfect example.

I've seen many instruments created to give a "steampunk" look, a style that mixes Victorian Era aesthetics with futuristic robotics and technology.  The…

VIDEO: How to Make a Telephone Microphone!

 

In my book, Making Poor Man's Guitars, I show how to make a microphone from a beer can, Mason jar lid and piezo elements.  This project is even easier than the beer can mic!  

The mic is perfect for blues…