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An Obsession with Cigar Box Guitars: 120 Great Hand-Built Examples

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There's growing movement of self-expression unfolding in the world of music. Musicians and hobbyists are finding new creative freedom by making their own musical instruments out of unconventional materials. In a modern revival of a great American tradition, sliders, pickers, strummers and makers are coming together in what they call the cigar box guitar revolution. An Obsession for Cigar Box Guitars celebrates the modern craft of their irresistibly alluring instruments.

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Overview

There's growing movement of self-expression unfolding in the world of music. Musicians and hobbyists are finding new creative freedom by making their own musical instruments out of unconventional materials. In a modern revival of a great American tradition, sliders, pickers, strummers and makers are coming together in what they call the cigar box guitar revolution. An Obsession for Cigar Box Guitars celebrates the modern craft of their irresistibly alluring instruments.

Professional photographer and woodworking enthusiast David Sutton first chronicled the modern revival of the cigar box guitar in his best-selling book, Cigar Box Guitars. Now he's back to share his obsession with these handmade treasures in an amazing photo gallery that profiles 120 inspiring examples of homemade musical greatness. In a testament to human creativity, these guitars range from simple, cardboard diddley bow-type instruments to wooden box electric six-string models that are more impressive than anything you can buy in a store.

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Publishers Weekly
10/21/2013
Before Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton whaled away on their Fenders or Les Paul cranked up his Gibson, numerous guitar players were coaxing sound out of diddley bows, or cigar box guitars. Hendrix, for example, wanted to play guitar so badly that he often used a broom to strum out rhythms until he crafted a cigar box into his own guitar. In this lavishly illustrated follow-up to his best-selling chronicle Cigar Box Guitars (2012), photographer and cigar box luthier Sutton lovingly captures the artistry of several individuals devoted to building and playing the instruments, illustrating the broad range and musical diversity of cigar box guitars. Ted Crocker, the host of Handmade Music Clubhouse, uses empty beer bottles as resonators on his experimental two-string guitar. For his four-string acoustic/electric named Steampunk Ophelia, Shawn Denman inlaid a coin into the headstock and uses a maple neck with a red-oak fretboard. Sutton also showcases Shane Speal, a former divinity school student who is now the "self-proclaimed king of the cigar box guitar" and who started a social networking site called Cigar Box Nation that claims over 10,000 members from around the world. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565237964
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 632,076
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David Sutton is a highly successful photographer who says that he enjoys woodworking almost as passionately. His portraits of people and their pets have been featured extensively in national media including the Today Show and Animal Planet, as well as in the Chicago Tribune, Denver Post, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, Chicago Sun-Times and Crain's Chicago Business. He has also exhibited his work in numerous venues including Herm├ęs of Paris and Takishimaya New York.

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