Making Poor Man's Guitars

By Shane Speal


MUSIC / Musical Instruments / Guitar

This book presents the authentic stories of American DIY music with step-by-step projects, photo studies of antique instruments, interviews with music legends, and historical accounts. Shane Speal, the “King of the Cigar Box Guitar,” shows how anyone can build amazing musical instruments from found items.

Musician, Historian and Author


Shane Speal is a musician, historian and instrument builder, self-proclaimed as the “King of the Cigar Box Guitar” and recognized as the creator of the modern cigar box guitar movement. He is the creator of, a network and history site for cigar box guitars. Shane has recorded more than 10 self-released cigar box guitar albums, and publishes Uncle Enos zine, dedicated to cigar box guitars and other primal poverty art/music.

Author Shane Speal

Last week, I went searching for very old cigar boxes at a local antique store. The tickle in my brain was singing old songs on old instruments. There were three boxes tucked in three corners of the sprawling store, each one in similar size…and each one ready to become a guitar.


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