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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The British Invasion




 Here's an interesting photo for British cigar box guitar fans. It's two British soldiers in South Africa, during the Boer War, playing piccolo and cigar box banjo / guitar. 
 This photo is from John Wormald "ChickenBoneJohn" who held a "Make and Play" workshop in Preston at The Museum Of Lancaster. David Brookhouse of the museum services who hosted the workshop sent him this photo. It is from a book by one of the staff members, and to his knowledge, the earliest known photo of a British person with a cigar box guitar. 


 

For those that thought they were only "yankee" ingenuity...it's not!
Cigar box guitars are world wide.  Who loves cigar box guitars???   Me!!!  ...and obviously you too if your eyes are reading this. Why else would you be on this site? 
I wonder how many of you are reading this across the pond?

Here is little music sample with a Vox amp, I went to buy the Roland cub amp, and this neat 60's remake of those lBritish made Vox amps with the twill fabric was on sale as an open return for 89 bucks. It caught my eye and I figured why not? 
I must admit I have totally fallen in love with this amp. The effects onboard are so much fun.

Lick your chops boys, It's fish n' chips time!  Have a go and listen to this little ditty,