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1920's and 30's - 4 string cigar box guitars

Check out these 2 homemade guitars from the early 30's. One has the words written on the front of the box " Patent Pending Feb. 4th 1930"
Just think, that's only a month and 4 days from the 1920's!
  How cool is that, the Roarin' 20's, speak easy's and Prohibition was still fresh in the air when these were made, Americana had just had the stock market crash of 1929 and people were just about to enter into the Great Depression. We know from history there were a lot of the homemade cigar box guitars made in that era.

Check out the one in front with the homemade frets, its made with an Old Virginia Cheroots Cigar Box. I see these vintage boxes for sale all the time on ebay,....sounds like a great idea for someone who would like to make an authentic replica. Are you up for it?

This guitar is from the website http://www.reddogguitars.com/
if you would like me to build you one 
email me at    john@reddogguitars.com