The First Annual Mini Maker Faire (little brother the MAKER FAIRE, of MAKE Magazine Fame) last year in Irvine was such a great success, that they are doing it again this year in the summer of 2013. I had a booth of my hand-made cigar box guitars on display, as well as a hands on display for people to try them out for themselves…and to top it all off, LIVE music from us, The Budrows, to show people the foot stompin’ Delta Blues sound that these guitars are capable of. I did a limited edition series of 4 guitars with the Maker Bot Logo on them just for the faire. All in All, a great day…Can’t wait to do it again this year.
Remember these glasses with the mustache? Fooled everyone, Right? Well,I thought that the image of these would make great folk art for a cigar box guitar, especially since the cigar box guitar itself kind of fools everyone who sees and hears it. People never expect a guitar made from a cigar box to actually work, but when it does….SURPRISE!!! FOOLED AGAIN. SOLD
Here are the Three String Noise Machines…these cigar box guitars feature single coil pick ups with volume and tone controls. There are no sound holes in the guitars,…they are meant to be plugged in, and when they are, let me tell you,…that single coil howwwwl’s…these have that gritty blues sound you can’t live without. I play another one of these in The Budrows too. SOLD
Snake Bite: This is an electric four string with a painting of a rattler, this thing says stand back, cause the sound will bite you. It has a piezo pick-up mounted in between the neck and the box and has a volume control as well. It sounds mean.
Big Clucker: This is a basic four string acoustic with a painting of the big clucker that kept waking me up when I was staying at a friends house. It has cut in fret markers custom painted fret dots. It sounds way better than that rooster at 4 in the morning.
This series of four boxes was created by me specifically for the ‘Dia de los Muertos’ art exhibit for the City of Anaheim a few years ago. It ran from the beginning of October through the first week in December and was very well received by all who attended. We played live cigar box guitar music there, and enjoyed some great artwork by many talented local artist. These are acoustic 4 stringers with hinge tail piece, cut in fret markers, and custom art work.
I start a series of these Loteria Card paintings on cigar boxes, with the plan of turning them all into guitars…well, this is the only one that made it’s way to instrument status, with it’s poplar neck and custom oil painted graphics. It’s hanging up in my good friend’s Man Room and looks great. SOLD