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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Russian & French soldiers

Lots of homemade stuff at the theater!

This is a photo from 1916. It is of German and Russian prisoners and if you look in the front row you will see 2 homemade guitars and a homemade bass or cello.
 It seems to have been quite common for French soldiers to make their own guitars. I have about 30 different photos from that time period and almost all are from France ...the French love their cigar box and homemade guitars that's for sure!

This photo was found by Termoking of Belgium. He has found about 10 or more of these old photos that I have posted on this site. Every couple of months he digs one up. I can't wait to see what he finds next, I am sure there will be another.

till then check this out...study the front row. It always amazes me when I look closely at the faces that they seem like people I have known or could bump into at the local hardware store or during my daily activities. Even though these people lived a 100 years ago, we have a common bond in music and wanting to enjoy it in life no matter what or where we are!