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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1878 boy with Homemade guitar

These old photos of actual homemade guitars from the 1800's are really hard to find, near impossible, but I managed to dig up one. This photo is of ex-slaves and in the front is a boy with a homemade guitar, the only information that came with the photo was that it was "former slaves and a boy with his homemade guitar" dated 1878.

I am not sure of what the guitar is made of, it looks like a gourd of some type, possible 2 of them put together? But....this is it! this is ground zero for homemade twangy goodness. It's a breath-taking and memorable photo that's for sure, I guarantee you will never forget it.