Check out this old Attic find from the Late 1890's,
I sure would love to have heard it back then.
Here is Lee Morgan, a famous Vaudeville Musician
He made his own cigar box instruments, It is dated 1923
Maw-Maw did more than make Apple Pie in that old Kitchen!
1919 the Homemade Kitchen Band. Can you spot the homemade guitars?
Cigar box guitars are very easy to play, it's much easier to learn to play and get a true vintage
sound on a cigar box guitar than it is on a regular guitar. But, just as easy as they are to play,
they are also easy and fun to build.

I have filmed and editing the most complete How to Build a cigar box guitar DVD available. I
will show you how and what to do, everything is covered from start to finish. It doesn't matter
if this is your first time building, or your 10th.

If you already make cigar box guitars, after you study my work, you can take yours to the
next level. This is not a basic or introductory DVD, but complete A to Z Cigar Box Guitar
building DVD. I am going to show you how to build great sounding cigar box guitars.

If you would like to build guitars that get that old-time vintage 1880's to 1930's sound, I will
show you how I make a guitar achieve the tone and how I build that part into the guitar.

In this DVD you will learn exactly how to make your guitar sound like it stepped out of the past
with a vintage an authentic sound of early Americana.  This DVD will save you many hours of
trying to learn on your own. This video is recorded in my shop and you will be buildings guitars
along with me. This DVD is from A to Z, the complete start to finish with advanced building of
cigar box guitars. It is full of many secrets that can only be found on a Red Dog Guitar. I share
what to do about the body, fret-boarding and homemade fretting like a pro with basic hand
tools, I cover headstocks of all types and so much more than you could ever get from a book
or watching random youtube videos....and yes, Fretting a guitar neck is really easy, even if it's
your first time, I will show you how I do it, and all by hand.

On this DVD I will show you more than one guitar, we will cover both the 3 and 4 string as well
as homemade resonator guitars. Here is one of my typical 4 string guitars.
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These Black Punch Guitars are really great for Electric Bottleneck Slide this
model can play it like a champ.    It's called the Screamin' Eagle
cigar box guitar
Here's a spin on the same thing. These Punch "Gran Puro" boxes sound great and
make fantastic guitars.  
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This is an actual cigar box that was turned into a Red Cross medic's box during World
War 2.
During that time there was war rationing here in America. Some of the young ladies
here made their own medical box if they wanted to train to be a nurse. Some of them
used cigar boxes. This White Owl cigar box was turned into a first aid kit of some sort.
It's fun to just ponder the history attached to this little ol' box???

It must have helped save lives in some way, either direct or indirect...
Someone who came into contact with this little medic's box also might have also served
overseas doing the real thing... Saving lives like Christ did... Yep, it has a cross on it!
Handmade "Liberty Bell" 3 string guitar pickup made by Bob Harrison
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If you enjoy authentic Delta Blues and cigar box guitar music from the early 1900's to the
1950's, this CD disc is full of long lost sounds from America's past. This is old-time Blues
music and Southern Bottleneck cigar box guitar that has been recorded on only 3 and 4
string homemade guitars. If you liked the movie Crossroads or the guitar playing from Ry
Cooder, you will enjoy the vintage cigar box guitar playing that has been recorded on this
To record this music, I've played 3 string cigar box guitars, Electric Bottleneck 4 string cigar
box guitars, and Cigar Box Resonator guitars.  I have also used old and vintage 1960's and
70's guitar amplifers. Some were naturally overdriven some were clear as a bell. I've also
used the legendary "Pignose" amp to record several songs to get that old time Southern
Bottleneck gritty sound.
I have also recorded several songs with some old Retro "Radio Guitar Amps." They were
antique radios from the 1940's and 50's that have been converted and turned into guitar
amplifiers. They record with a really unique and vintage tone.
The music and songs are all sounds that are vintage and southern in flavor, perfect for study
if your trying to learn early Americana or slide guitar, or just enjoy it as a relaxing way to
step back in time. There is also some music from Fuzzy Whitener, one of that last old school
Bluesmen, and yes, he's playing cigar box guitar. NO regular guitars were used and NO
singing and NO band, this is a full music CD disc with only cigar box guitar songs.  The best
way to learn how to play cigar box guitar, is to listen to cigar box guitar guitar!
Here below is an old-time "Cigar Box Jukes" song played on a 4 string cigar box guitar. It's
colorful and recorded only using a old fashioned 4 string cigar box guitar and a glass slide,
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Build BOTH 3 and 4 string guitars

Here below is a vintage looking and worn out 3 string guitar with homemade metal parts. It has
a "weathered" and antique look. The parts are different than the guitar above, but it really is the
same guitar as the one above.  I explain how I make (or find parts.) I will explain how to be
artistic. It will help you understand what I do, so you can create what inspires you.

I follow the same recipe no matter what I guitar I make, I only make them look different
outside, but I always build them the same inside. If you would like to know what I do this DVD
will show you how to build your own and get that authentic tone from the past.
I have made these all wooden old fashion style
cigar box guitars in both left and right-handed
I have done them in many different shade, from
Colonial maple, to a deep Red Oak and even light
colors such as Peach.
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Cigar Box Guitars are great for finding
new ways to be creative, Have a listen.

Blues, Rock, Jazz and more, there is so
much music you can discover on these
fun to play guitars.
Check out this photo below of a man with his homemade cigar box violin. His bow
is made from a stick. He isn't letting 'hard times" stop him from making music!
Red Dog guitars are made in the USA, But, Homemade guitar are worldwide!
Old homemade guitars turn up all the time in many countries. The more history
that is uncovered in attics and barns as they are searched, the more antique
cigar box instruments of all types people find.
It's exciting to see new stuff when it shows up for sale in flea markets and
online ...ebay is king for finding old photos.
Russian soldiers in World War One -1917 with homemade guitars
I will show you how and why mine are different from other makers and why mine sound so
unique. All of the steps are completely broken down on this DVD, from start to finish, I will
show you in depth how I build my cigar box guitars.

Tools and parts Needed

These cigar box guitars are built with just a few basic hand tools that most people have or can
borrow from a friend,

• a small hand saw
•small hand pliers
•sandpaper and wood glue
• a small hand drill
• pocket knife
•small hammer / or rubber mallet
•small screwdrivers / phillips type
•a quality ruler (I prefer Metric) Buy a steel ruler, It's the most important tool you'll own and it
will last a lifetime!
•as you can see from the photo below you do not need much at all

The great thing about these guitars is since you DON'T need power tools, it's kind of liberating
if you think about it. If you were to try and build regular guitars, you would need a whole shop
of specialized tools, jigs and planes and endless amounts of specialized gear.

This is my work bench, it's nothing fancy, just a small table and a few small hand tools, I don't
like clutter and I don't own many tools, that is one reason I love these guitars, they are
simple.... this is fun and easy!
With this DVD you will have all of the secrets to incorporate in your own guitar making. Once
again, it doesn't matter if this is your first time, or if you want to start a guitar making
business or club, this disc will give you the ability to make really awesome guitars.

Everything is explained, the tools, the parts, the woods, fretting, the pickups and so much
more. All the mysteries explained and secrets revealed and used on Red Dog Guitars that
you can use on your own guitar to make the ultimate cigar box guitar.

This DVD is made for standard Television players and is 96 minutes (1&1/2hours) of cigar
box building. It is also made and recorded on a simple camcorder, BUT it is a TRUE DVD.
This DVD was many weeks worth of work in recording and editing. You can watch it on TV,
No need to huddle near a computer. It plays on any TELEVISION worldwide, it will also play
on most computers and also in all Blu-ray players.

Ok, I guess that's enough talking, I hope I don't come off as full of "hot air" or "I am so this
or that." I have no desire to boast or be anything other than who I am, and that is just a
regular guy and the way God has made me. I believe everyone on earth has a unique gift
and as odd as this sounds, mine is building homemade cigar box guitars.

I have been working on and playing guitars for almost 30 years, so you can watch what I do
and save a lot of time from making costly mistakes in your work. I only want to be factual
and state what is offered on the DVD, I have many years of experience, if you want to see
how I build cigar box guitars, this DVD lets you peer over my shoulder and see exactly what
I do. Thanks again for your time, John
Here in this video below I tried to record authentic Americana and make it sound as close to
"the real thing" as I could. I wanted to capture that original early 1930's feeling and sound in
this recording. I only used a homemade 4 string cigar box guitar and a broken Bottleneck
from an old wine bottle.
This recording is made by adding a piezo microphone inside the box ( Acoustic-Electric.)
It was then just plugged strait-wired into a small recording Tascam device.
Watch this video below of the 3-String Delta Tramp.
Cigar Box Guitars have a sound that can NEVER be made with 6 strings
...go try and report back here immediately with your tail between your legs!
Anyone can build a cigar box guitar by hand with only a few common hand tools. That is
what's so fun and interesting about them, they are simple by nature, and best part is they
sound fantastic.
Go to you-tube and search "cigar box guitar" and check out many of the other builders, then
do a comparison and search and then listen to videos made by me at Red Dog  
Listen to the tone and sound and let your ear decide if you would like me to show you how I
make mine and show you why mine have that old time trademark vintage sound.
However, this is not a contest, I am not in competition with anyone. In fact I want others to
do well also. I give advice freely to all that ask, the more success people have in this hobby
and do well, the better it is for everyone in involved in this hobby.
I want everyone to build a great guitar. These guitars are easy and fun to build, even if this is
your first time. I have many years of experience and I build mine in a way that is unique to
me and mine have a sound all their own.

Parts Needed

We will cover all of the parts needed and the many types of homemade ideas possible,
Bridges, pickups of all types, hardware etc, everything is covered and explained.  You can use
old guitar parts that you can buy for cheap from ebay and flea markets or get creative and
make your own parts with stuff from around your house.

I cover everything on this DVD. This is not a basic or introductory DVD, this is a complete
class of Cigar Box Guitar building. The wood, the boxes, deferent styles of necks and so much
more is covered for building a great playing one of a kind guitar with great tone.

Resonators are also covered on this DVD

Cigar Box Resonator guitars are by far the funnest guitars you will ever play with or without
an amplifier. I will show you how I make mine, it's very easy, it is still a Neck-thru guitar. YES
the neck runs right thru the box!  Watch this video to hear a few sound samples,
Instead of me making 2 separate DVDs, I just went ahead and compiled both standard cigar
box guitar and homemade resonators on the same disc.
Everyone has asked me how I make my resonators look so unique and sound so crisp and
vintage, so yes, I explain how I build them. Building a cigar box resonator guitar is much
easier than you think, it's a stick that runs right through the box and is cleverly anchored at
the end, the cone just drops in from the top, it's just a neck thru homemade box guitar!
There are some things I will need to show you, but it's no harder, just a bit more time is
needed to construct it. You can build this exact guitar below, I use parts made by "Old Lowe"  
and they are made in Rockwall Texas. They are for sale in many places online.
They are the only cones and covers I use. They sound the best for that vintage 1930's era

These resonator parts are also available in Europe and the United Kingdom. I also explain how
to use things such as paint can lids and the like to make resonators. I share all my secrets, all
the mysteries of my work is explained. There is so much more than I could type here about. I
want you to succeed because your success will speak well for the whole hobby.
I am making vintage Tobacco and Americana Cigar Box Guitar pickups for sale for your
own projects.  They are hand drawn and unique and will give your guitar a really vintage
If you build cigar box guitars and would like to add a homemade pickup to your own
guitar, these pickups are for sale.
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