9.28.2012

Cigar Box Guitar

By Elizabeth
I love music but am not a musician. That’s why I asked my husband Walter to make a cigar box guitar for UNBORED (see pages 93-95). It’s a really cool, but complicated activity. So complicated that Walter and our kids asked the amazing Uncle Kevin (our brother-in-law, who is also a serious carpenter) to help fit the neck into the cigar box.
 
I think the end result is awesome. But Walter is a music perfectionist, so all he can see is that it’s hard to play his new guitar. Because he felt a little overwhelmed by the project,  Walter didn’t include frets (the raised lines that go across a guitar’s neck). Instead, he uses a slide, which is the clear glass tube that allows you to change notes on the strings.

 

 
When I told Walter I was hoping to post a video of him playing his guitar, he said he wanted to be able to explain a few things about how it’s tuned. I don’t understand a thing he’s saying, but perhaps you (or a grownup who plays guitar) will. (In case you can’t hear it, Walter is playing along to “Honky Tonk Women” by The Rolling Stones.)

 

 

Here’s a more fancy cigar box guitar. (We don’t know this guy, but he’s a good guitar player.)