Hi, this is a website about Homemade guitars, Cigar box guitars, 3 and 4 string guitars, Cookie tin banjos, and the history of hand made and homemade musical instruments from around the world.

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Rock N' Roll ~ Antique Homemade Guitars

How cool is this 1920's homemade guitar below?
Imagine what the person who made it was trying to achieve, It's the full sha-bang. It's a six-string, screws used as fret dot markers, wrap around tail piece, homemade bridge, homemade tuners, and how cool is that hand crafted metal pick guard?
This must have taken someone both a lot of thought before hand, and a lot of work to complete. I bet it was playable and sounded pretty good.

Hopefully some of these guitars on this website inspire you to dig deeper into the history of the homemade instruments and early American Blues and Folk music. 
 There is a world of great old recordings to listen to and study....and if you'r feeling adventurous, these instruments are both easy to build and easy to play. Get out into you garage and make one, you'll have a blast!

You'll have honky tonkin' good time!
Speaking of a good time, let's take a trip back in time shall we?


Here is another blast from the past. I would guess this guitar is from the early 1900's. I would love to learn more about the person who built it. It must have taken a lot of effort back then, it looks really well made.

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 You can still see the saw marks in the body.

Listen to this old time cigar box guitar music. It's a blast from the past!