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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Tomahawk Cigars - 1868 Pickup cover art

I am working on new guitars and pickup cover art. These arts are some ruff drafts I drew to look old. Just thought I would post here to share.

I have pickups for sale at this website http://www.3-string-guitar.com/
If you have any questions you can email me at john@reddogguitars.com or Google Red Dog Guitars.
In the video above is an guitar in progress. It is already much different than in the video. It's just hard to edit the video and photos because of time. I will post an updated video soon.

Since your here, I also like looking for people who play cigar box guitars in their music.  Here is a  video and artist I thought you might like. He really has a great sound.
 He just opened up for ZZ-Top so I guess we could say "he's moving on up"  that's a pretty good score...I expect to see much more of him. He certainly knows how to make a three string sound great!

Have a listen to this and his name is Jordan Matthew Young...be on the look over the next year or so...I bet you'll see much more of him.