He Wrote THE BOOK on Cigarbox Guitars

I met David Sutton (a brilliant photographer among other things) at the York Cigarbox Guitar Festival this past summer. We had a nice chat and I drooled over his fine book of photos and how-to on CBG and like-instrument building. Besides plenty of excellent quality pics he has thorough sections on various -kinds- of building as well as pickup-making and more, bios and interviews with some of the earliest key people in this movement.

As his studio is only 30 mins. from me (he’s up in Evanston, Illinois) I drove up and we shared a wonderful breakfast chat, tour of his studio and he’s shooting some pics of a few of my builds for another book. BUT… if you’ve not seen this you really should have a look. I own  Cigar Box Guitars: The Ultimate DIY Guide for the Makers and Players of the Handmade Music Revolution and it is frankly, The Definitive book on the subject, gives history and many-faceted insights on the history and allure of making, playing and general creativity that has been literally sweeping the world with these cool instruments.

Click and enjoy- along with video clips (PBS Channel 11 and Fox 32 both in Chicago) include him and others involved in this movement. Then buy his book (see the on his site) and get building, learning and having fun! Thanks for stopping by, -Glenn

His main site (with video clips, etc.):http://www.suttonstudios.com/

His book site: http://www.cigarboxguitarbook.com/Welcome.html



  1. How hard is it to play a cigar box guitar? I play acoustic, and I rely on the frets for intonation. I’ve never played slide …Doesn’t it take a great ear to hit the notes correctly?

  2. Not hard at all, in fact, a 3, 2, or 1 stringer (which is what I build and use) are a great deal easier than a 6 stringer especially in terms of understanding basic principles of music.You tune them (in the case of 2 or more strings) to an "open chord" so it’s simply a matter of placing the slide straight across the strings over the neck and pressing just enough to get them to sound the chord- which then moves up and down the neck (pitch) as you move the slide.Plus with no frets/slide-only, the TWO things you must learn is where to place the slide for the specific chord or note(s), and secondly, how much pressure to apply to the slide, nothing else. Another big plus: no callouses are needed, you aren’t pressing the strings down to the fretboard to sound the note(s), so there is zero pain for a new player. I find many drop guitar due to the pain of having to form callouses on their fretting fingers. Not an issue with slide playing.Lastly, the easiest way to teach someone vibrato (that sweet movement over the string or strings that imitates the coolest things about the human voice when singing) is by teaching them slide playing.So there you go! Enjoy! -Glenn

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