FRETTED OR SLIDE CIGAR BOX GUITAR - Which one is better?

Today, I'm answering a question from a reader: 

Dear Shane: Is it better to learn on a cigar box guitar that has a fretted neck or one that's played with a slide? 

That’s a great question! When I built my…

BUILD THIS - The Insane Beer Cooler Ukulele!

Aloha!  This has got to be the most freakish-looking uke you'll ever see...  BUT IT SOUNDS INCREDIBLE!  Simply put, the Styrofoam Cooler Ukulele is nothing but a neck without a body and a huge cooler screwed to the butt end.  

BUILDING A FOUND OBJECT GUITAR - The Electric Bellows

The story of this freak instrument started with a bad purchase I made on eBay.  The seller listed this strange wooden piece as the body of an Appalachian banjo from the 1800’s.  As a collector of antique DIY instruments, I…

Instrument Building Contest - "Hard Times Make Great Music"

"Hard times make great music."  Ain't that th' truth?!    

While e'rrybody is stuck at home, we're gonna get y'all building the coolest stringed instruments ever.  There's over $1000 in prizes, too!

Unlike our contests of the past, this build-off has…

Searching for EARLE - the Mysterious New Orleans Double-Neck Busker

Help me track down the "Guitarcheology" of two mysterious instruments!  These guitars were built by the same New Orleans street musician, prior to Hurricane Katrina.  Each one has salvaged acoustic guitar necks mounted to long boxes (one is a cigar…

StubbySlide.com Returning Soon, Better Than Ever

Hey all, it's Shane Speal.  I just wanted to let you know that StubbySlide.com will be back up and full of goodies in the very near future.  I had to temporarily close the doors as I worked to launch Poor