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Building Cigar Box Guitars with Mike Snowden

This originally aired on Atlanta's PBS Station. We had a blast filming, building and playing cigar box guitars one afternoon in my shop in Marietta, Georgia. I always get a laugh when people in random places say "Hey man, I saw you on TV! You build those cigar box banjos don't you?" Enjoy!

-Mike

 


Cigar Box Notching

In between coats of finish, it's time to start working with the cigar boxes. Making some cuts here and there to accept the cigar box guitar neck. I think the New Orleans Cigar Factory box will look really good with the pecan wood fret board. Part of the fun is to pick out hard wood that will compliment the cigar box. It never gets old making cigar box guitars!

New Orleans cigar factory Handmade Cigar Box Guitars by Mike Snowden of Snowden Guitars.


Time To Clear Coat Cigar Box Guitar Necks.

Now that all the sanding is finished it is time to clear coat. These pecan wood cigar box guitar fret boards are looking nice. The clear coat will bring the grain out even more. This process takes a few days. Applying several coats of finish with several hours between coats. But the end product is awesome! These cigar box guitars will be super cool. 

-Mike

Mike Snowden works on fret boards for cigar box guitars handmade at Snowden Guitars.  


New Cigar Box Guitar Live Music Gig Announced!

I think my favorite place in Atlanta is Piedmont Park, so anytime I get to play there I get excited. Just got booked to play the Green Market in Piedmont Park on May 6th 2017. More details to follow. Always fun to get to play cigar box guitar music in the park!. Looking forward to a busy 2017!

Mike Snowden Live Cigar Box Guitar Music at Piedmont Park Green Market May 6th 2017.


Thanks Mom and Dad!

Just wanted to say THANKS to my Mom and Dad for this awesome RIDGID Oscillating Edge/Belt Spindle Sander they got me for christmas. Used it today for the first time on this batch of pecan wood fret board cigar box guitars. Worked great on some of hard to sand spots. 

Mike Snowden working on a cigar box guitar neck at Snowden Guitars world headquarters.

Works great sanding the excess glue where the fret board meets the neck.

Mike Snowden building handmade cigar box guitars at Snowden Guitars.

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