December Already

Wow,. only been a month since I started this blog and already getting my second post done!  At this rate I might even get the blanket chests for the wedding gifts this past Aug and Sept started next year.  Remember, good things take time.  The little bit of shop time I’ve been getting has been spent working on a few Christmas presents, so I can’t really post about recent projects. It’s going to take a lot of focus on my part, but I’m really hoping to have them finished by Christmas.  Since I had a comment on my About page referencing cigar box guitars, thought I’d add a few comments and pics.

About two years ago Deb and I happened upon a Cigar Box Guitar Festival in York Pa. We were both in awe at the sounds coming out of a couple of guitar strings attached to a cigar box. Not only cigar boxes, but guitars made from old metal gallon cans, plastic jugs, even a hospital bed pan! While Deb was enjoying the afternoon, I’m thinking the whole time, I need to make one of these bad boys!!!
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My first attempt was a learning experience and required a few modifications to get it right. Overall it didn’t turn out too bad and sounds alright. Then as fate would have it, I came across a deal on a small amplifier and had to make a second one that I could plug in and really jam. My second guitar, the Ashton box, went a lot smoother with the lessons learned from my first attempt and actually sounds pretty awesome electrified. Now I’m ready, all I need to do now is actually learn how to play the darn things. They are a lot of fun to play around with even if you’re not an accomplished musician. Both guitars are pretty basic and played with a slide. I’m planning a third guitar that will be fretted and more suitable for playing like a traditional six string. But, I guess I really should finish the Christmas presents and maybe even get started on those blanket chests first.

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