Hi, my name is John McNair. This is a website about Homemade guitars, Cigar box & 3 string guitars, Cookie tin banjos, and all things made by people like yourself who have decided building and playing homemade instruments is so much more rewarding than buying "name" brand guitars.

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World War 1 Trench Art Guitars

I found this old photo of German soliders with guitars they handmade themselves. Making handmade crafts with found objects was commonly called "trench art."

I wish I could hear what the guy in the middle of the photo was playing!