Talk:Cigar box guitar

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Wikipedia: Copyright Problems[edit]

The information in the "Cigar Box Guitar" entry of Wikipedia comes from my website, I own this information and have put it on the internet as public knowledge. Wikipedia has my permission to print it as written.

Shane Speal cigarboxguitar(at)

—Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 02:25, 16 December 2005

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I wanted to see if there was anything on your site about Jimi Hendryx getting his early start on a Cigar Box Guitar.
-thanks, Onceler 20:18, 28 December 2005 (UTC)

Just as an FYI the Internet Archive has a copy of Shane's site at AncientBrit (talk) 10:24, 2 January 2016 (UTC)


Emulate a "real" stringed instrument? It has strings with which it makes music, and it does, in fact, exist. Seems like a "real" stringed instrument to me.

-Interested bystander,

—Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 07:37, 23 June 2009

Indeed. I've changed this to "traditional". Chris Cunningham (not at work) - talk 10:05, 23 June 2009 (UTC)

Even more Cigar Box Guitars[edit]

There are several videos on this site. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Bizzybody (talkcontribs) 08:07, 10 September 2009 (UTC)

Canjos - the ultimate in simplified home-made stringed instruments[edit]

Another genre of home-made stringed instruments is the 'canjo'. A typical canjo is basically a 30" x 1" x 1" stick of wood with a string tuner on one end and a tin can on the other end. The tin can serves as the instrument's resonator and a hole through the bottom of the can serves as the bridge. Most canjos have just a single string which is run down from the tuner, across the nut and maybe 10 or 12 frets to the hole in the bottom of the can, where it is then tied down at the end of the stick with a screw or nail. The tin can is attached to the stick using a couple wood screws or nails. Because the resulting instrument sounds "twangy" like a banjo, it was named variously as "canjo", "can-jo", or "Can Joe".

When the canjo is built with diatonically spaced frets (essentially the same as a mountain dulcimer's melody string), it becomes an idea instrument for teaching children the basics of music, including the physics of stringed instruments. It's inexpensive to make, provides a range of about an octave and a half, and the diatonic fret spacing eliminates concerned with sharps and flats. The instrument can be taught solfeggio (Do-Re-Mi) along with singing to get the kids producing music right away with minimal up front music theory.

Building canjos, like building cigar box guitars, is also an interesting hobby in of itself. In fact, many cigar box guitar builders have also built canjos; often before honing their various handy craft skills to the point where they were confident to take in a cigar box project, which usually are more complicated instruments compared to your basic canjo. However, some canjos are made with more strings (often three strings to become much like a stick dulcimer (strum stick)), and some have more elaborate can resonator configurations, such as two spam cans mounted on either side of the canjo stick and a real bridge connecting the two cans to the string. There is also a company in South Africa (Township Guitars / that sells guitars made out of large squarish oil cans that sell for over $400 US a piece. It is just a big, more complicated canjo. They sound good as well, you should visit their website.


I feel the canjo would make a nice topic for Wikipedia, and I would be willing to write or otherwise contribute to the page(s). Because of the home-built craftsmanship that usually goes into building a canjo, I think it should be categorized along with cigar box guitars, and related home built stringed instruments.

What are your thoughts?

Sincerely, (talk) 07:13, 20 June 2010 (UTC)Rand Moore

Alabama Arts radio interview with Bill Jehle[edit]

While doing research for the article Gandy dancer I ran across this radio interview and I think it would be a good addition for this article, however I would prefer that someone with more knowledge adds it. Anyone? Gandydancer (talk) 16:36, 25 July 2011 (UTC)

Promotional Material[edit]

I support removal of the link to promotional material and advertising, *The Cigar Box Guitar Manifesto SovalValtos (talk) 17:50, 15 June 2014 (UTC)

Pictures of Cigar Box Guitars[edit]

I have many original photos of Cigar Box Guitars and would like to contribute a few of them. I have the info for each photo including maker, date of manufacturing, materials used etc. is this something considered to of value to the cigar box guitar entry?Moneymakerspy (talk) 01:16, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

I am adding an example of the photos I have. I also have photos of Blues Performers Using Cigar Box Guitars - all are taken by me at Blues Music Awards Events.Moneymakerspy (talk) 01:22, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

File:Louisiana Red playing a 3-string Sugarbox Cigar Box Guitar Guitar at the 2010 Blues Music Awards.jpg
The late Louisiana Red plays a three-string cigar box guitar in the hotel lobby during the 2010 Blues Music Awards. Guitar was made by the photagrapher Shane Hopkins Founder of Sugarbox Guitar Company

Moneymakerspy (talk) 02:49, 19 February 2015 (UTC)