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BOOK Making Poor Man's Guitars - Signed by the author
  • BOOK Making Poor Man's Guitars - Signed by the author
  • BOOK Making Poor Man's Guitars - Signed by the author
  • BOOK Making Poor Man's Guitars - Signed by the author
  • BOOK Making Poor Man's Guitars - Signed by the author
  • BOOK Making Poor Man's Guitars - Signed by the author
  • BOOK Making Poor Man's Guitars - Signed by the author

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Autographed copy: In Making Poor Man's Guitars, Shane Speal, the "King of the Cigar Box Guitar," shows you how to build amazing musical instruments from found items!

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Learn how to build cigar box guitars and other musical instruments from found items

Step-by-step instructions and over 300 photos, including the history of cigar box guitars and the golden age of blues and jazz.

Many books have been written about how to build cigar box guitars and other unique hand-made instruments... but few have touched on why. This book 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.

From a simple two-string tin can guitar to an electrified washtub bass, Shane shows how anyone can build amazing musical instruments from found items.

Sidebars present the fascinating backstory of the music, capturing struggle, poverty, and the blues within the artistic side of cigar box guitar building.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Reviews!!!

With the stunning imagery, great stories, and Speal's accompanying YouTube videos, falling in love with cigar box guitars isn't hard to do. --TheManual.com

With each story, readers will discover the magic of the DIY music movement. --Bass Musician Magazine

The bible of cigar box guitar making. --Michael Copado, CigarBoxNation.com

Shane Speal, an avid cigar smoker, guitar player, woodworker, and author, is not only building some of the best cigar box guitars, he's also serving-up a lesson in American history. --Cigar Advisor Magazine

Anyone interested in folk music and old time music should pick up this book! It's crazy fun! --Catherine Hankins, Cleveland Public Library, Brooklyn Branch

This delightful book by Blues musician Shane Speal not only contains detailed instructions for how to make your own cigar box guitar, but wonderful stories about the Blues musicians that Speal has played with during his career and their handmade instruments. Speal carefully explains the why and how these instruments work, in spite of being made of inexpensive, common materials. Want to make an electric instrument? Speal also includes a section on electric guitars. The book has many crisp, clear photographs to guide interested crafters. A must-buy for public libraries that host MakerSpaces. --Deb Jung, Librarian, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

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Poor Man's Guide - Issue #3 "Searching for Kitchen Kazoo Bands"
  • Poor Man's Guide - Issue #3 "Searching for Kitchen Kazoo Bands"
  • Poor Man's Guide - Issue #3 "Searching for Kitchen Kazoo Bands"
  • Poor Man's Guide - Issue #3 "Searching for Kitchen Kazoo Bands"
  • Poor Man's Guide - Issue #3 "Searching for Kitchen Kazoo Bands"
  • Poor Man's Guide - Issue #3 "Searching for Kitchen Kazoo Bands"

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Build a 1927 cigar box amplifier. Discover the insane Kitchen Kazoo Bands of the 1920s and get a glimpse of their outrageous instruments. DIY projects with player piano rolls. A guitar amp prototype using a wooden pipe organ flute to approximate a Bose Wave Radio sound chamber. Guitarcheology digs on the Concertone and an antique cigar box guitar. Much more...

PDF DOWNLOAD - 36 pages.

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Poor Man's Guide, Issue #2 - "Wesseh's Guitar" + DIY Bone Slide & more
  • Poor Man's Guide, Issue #2 - "Wesseh's Guitar" + DIY Bone Slide & more
  • Poor Man's Guide, Issue #2 - "Wesseh's Guitar" + DIY Bone Slide & more
  • Poor Man's Guide, Issue #2 - "Wesseh's Guitar" + DIY Bone Slide & more
  • Poor Man's Guide, Issue #2 - "Wesseh's Guitar" + DIY Bone Slide & more
  • Poor Man's Guide, Issue #2 - "Wesseh's Guitar" + DIY Bone Slide & more
  • Poor Man's Guide, Issue #2 - "Wesseh's Guitar" + DIY Bone Slide & more
  • Poor Man's Guide, Issue #2 - "Wesseh's Guitar" + DIY Bone Slide & more
  • Poor Man's Guide, Issue #2 - "Wesseh's Guitar" + DIY Bone Slide & more

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Shane Speal finally shows the world how Wesseh Freeman built his oil-can guitar, step by step. Also includes musical instrument history, how to make your own sitar-sounding bone guitar slide, the Marxophone and the copper pipe guitar. 36 pages of inspiration.

INCLUDES ACCESS TO EXTRAS PAGE featuring Wesseh's lost album in streaming format, a Spotify playlist of Marxophone music and more.

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Poor Man's Guide Curiosity Box #2
  • Poor Man's Guide Curiosity Box #2
  • Poor Man's Guide Curiosity Box #2
  • Poor Man's Guide Curiosity Box #2
  • Poor Man's Guide Curiosity Box #2
  • Poor Man's Guide Curiosity Box #2
  • Poor Man's Guide Curiosity Box #2

Poor Man's Guide Curiosity Box #2

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THE COMPANION TO POOR MAN'S GUIDE ISSUE #2

BUILD IT: This collection includes the correct brake cables to make strings as you create your own Wesseh oil can guitar.

HACK IT: It also includes the same bone stock used to make the buzzing guitar slide.

INVENT IT: We also sourced the same French Barrette hair clips so you can make instrument triggers like Alex Llama.

GO FURTHER: We’ve also included a beautiful guitar slide, a collectible Wesseh pin and packaged it all in a 100% wooden Macanudo Portofino Cafe cigar box. (This is Shane Speal’s ultimate cigar box for building guitars. Macanudo stopped making wood boxes years ago. These are rare!)

ALL ITEMS: Printed issue of Poor Man’s Guide Issue #2 Hand-crafted copper hybrid guitar slide Five French hair clip “triggers” packaged in a burlap Mojo bag Bicycle/Motorcycle clutch cable Bone stock to craft your own buzzing bone slide 1.5” Wesseh button All wood Macanudo Portofino Cafe Box (rare)

PLEASE ALLOW 1 WEEK TO SHIP. We're waiting on hard copies of the magazine to come back from the printer.

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