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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Dixie Made New Orleans Homemade guitar

This is from the land where it all started, my hometown New Orleans Louisiana!


 I might be going out on a limb here, but I would say about 90% of all cigar box guitar history has been uncovered on ebay...there is an old saying "keep your ears to the ground" but I would like to 2.0 that saying and update it to a new catch phrase "keep your finger on the Bid button" ....ebay is King for finding history, looking thru attics and garages worldwide from the comfort of you very own home, how can you beat it?

You can't, you can only be outbid!

 I found this guitar on ebay, and the auction said this guitar was found at a yard sale and I emailed the owner and he stated it came from his neighbor who was an elderly black man named Mr. Batiste who made it many years ago and often played the instrument.
 I can tell right away from the neck wear it was well played and that type of wear in the chord area takes many years if not decades. This is an actual playable guitar that he must have provided many hours of enjoyment. I sure would have loved to have hear the builder and owner play it.


 
 


So at least we have a name and a little bit of history to go with this homemade guitar,  it sure is an amazing piece of Americana and Blues history.