This is where the "Blues" all started at, the American Southern Delta, a cigar box a stick and homemade music. This photo is dated 1868 "George D Flynn Jr.Fall River MA"by, L.Rupert If you have found yourself here and wondering "just what is this place?" Well, this is an all Cigar Box Guitar Music website. There are Compact Disc and How to play Cigar Box Guitar DVD's featuring a wide variety of music and everything only dealing with cigar box and 3 string guitars. Have a look around.

How To Build the Ultimate Cigar Box Guitar DVD

This is the Ultimate How to Build a Cigar Box Guitar DVD.

From beginner to advanced, everything is completely covered.

Hi my name is John, I have spent well over several hundred hours filming and editing the most complete How to Build a cigar box guitar DVD available. If you would like to take your guitar making not only to the next level but far beyond to get the sound you have always wanted in a cigar box guitar, I will show you how and what to do, everything is covered from start to finish. It doesn't matter if this is your first time, or your 10th.

 This DVD is from A to Z, the complete start to finish with advanced building of cigar box guitars. Full of many secrets that can only be found on a Red Dog Guitar, want to know what the hoopla is all about??? Goggle Red Dog Guitars....listen to them and you will hear why they have a sound that is so iconic and original ...BUT...the best part is you too can build a guitar just like the ones on my website with this DVD.

I will show you how, all the steps completely broken down, from start to finish.

In this DVD you will learn EXACTLY how to construct a Red Dog Cigar Box Guitar...ALL OF THE SECRETS to making the neck and guitar a true tonal machine, what to do about the body, fret-boarding and fretting like a pro, headstocks of all types... BOTH 3 and 4 strings... all of the parts to make a great cigar box guitar and most important, you will learn a deep understanding of all the pickups and various ways of mounting them to get that deep Delta Blues sound you have always a super in depth breakdown of the bridges of many styles and how they change everything.

This is the most in depth and complete How to Build a Cigar Box Guitar DVD ever made and that can ever be made,  Go to you-tube and search "cigar box guitar" and check out many of the great and talented makers and have a listen, then do a comparison and search and see just why Red Dog Guitars has the tone everyone wants....however, this is not a contest, with this DVD you will have all of the secrets to incorporate in your own guitar making, no matter if its your first time, or you want to start a guitar making business or club, this will give you the ability to make really awesome guitars and take them to the next level.

This is not a basic or introductory DVD, but full on ultimate Cigar Box Guitar building... the wood, boxes, deferent styles of necks and so much more is covered for building a great playing full of tone one of a kind guitar.

This DVD is made for standard Television players and is 96 minutes (1&1/2hours) of cigar box building, everything explained, the tools, the parts, the woods, neck heels, paint finishing, fretting, the pickups and so much more is explained, all the mysteries explained in one fun to watch DVD...within it there is a world of unknown tips, tricks and secrets used on Red Dog Guitars that you can use on your guitar to make the ultimate cigar box guitar.

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~Dust Bowl Delta Blues~ Cigar Box Guitar

  A full album with only 3 sting guitar music!
This is the album for the cigar box guitar aficionado. In this album I wanted to delve deeper into strictly authentic Delta Blues and BottleNeck music exclusively, and only played on three string cigar box guitar. The goal with this album was to take the listener back to the 20's and 30's and relive those Dust Bowl BottleNeck Ballads and Delta Blues Spirituals only with a 3 string cigar box guitar. I can honestly say it's my most authentic work yet....the tone and sound is amazing....They are ALL NEW NEVER BEFORE HEARD SONGS!


  This disc is 16 tracks of soulful Blues that will change your musical life. If you love raw, primitive and Authentic Delta Blues, American Folk music or Bottle neck slide, you will listen to this CD 100's of times, covering all styles of BottleNeck Americana, from Son House's licks re-written "Red Dog" Style, to Woodie Guthrie's "Dust Bowl Ballads" as the debut single played on 3 string guitar that will leave your jaw on the floor and your ears weepin' for more.... and if there ever is a Blues "RED" Button warning, you definitely don't want to miss the song "Ryland", imagine walking through a ghost town in the 1880's, the suspense, the mystery, the whispers that you can barley hear, this is a fantastic song played in the Ry Cooder style that will take your breath away.
 Whelp, enough chatter from me, the album is for sale anytime, give it a try, you'll love it!.... if it's not your thing, thanks for your time in reading this and you can enjoy the short trailer of the album below... Thanks again, John

~Dust Bowl  & Delta Blues CD~
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~1920's Cigar Box Guitar Blues~

 This is a music CD recorded fully in the spirit of the long lost sounds of the 20's an 30's in vintage Slide & Bottleneck cigar box guitar playing with NO modern music or styles. It was recored with both 3 string and 4 string cigar box guitars and is early Blues and Depression era homemade cigar box guitar music that if you have always wanted to hear pure and historic American poverty homespun music from that Era, this is a CD that you will cherish and listen to many hundreds of times. It will take you back to the 20's and the dawn of recorded Blues music. This is the only way to hear early American Poverty as it was originally in the 20's and 30's.

This music is breath taking, in this collection you will hear the full recording version of Bonnie and Clyde's "Death Car Blues" and the track "The Dirty 30's" will leave you speechless and in contemplation of one of America's harshest, yet most enduring of times, The Great Depression.

This disc has many unbelievable tracks, all music made on only cigar box guitars, NO regular guitars... NO singing to obstruct the songs of the vintage music of homemade cigar box guitars. 

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~Cigar Box Americana~


    If you love authentic Delta Blues, music from the late 1800's and cigar box guitars, this CD album will leave you absolutely speechless and in awe of the sounds that have been lost to American history's past. This is by far the most accurate sounding Delta Blues and Southern Bottleneck guitar music that has been recorded with cigar box guitars. A full CD album with no singing or band to obstruct the haunting and sorrowful tone that true "Blues" music was and the sounds of these forgotten, yet remarkable instruments.

Take a moment and listen to some of the music found on this CD by watching the video above, if you like this type of early Delta Blues, you will play this album 100's of times and enjoy it for many years. These tracks are all unreleased and unheard original recordings, with the exception of a newly never before heard version of "The roots of early Delta Blues," that has been remastered to retain its original early 1900's sound, however the audio has been filtered and cleaned up for louder compact disc play. All the songs are played on only cigar box guitars. If it is not for you can just enjoy the video and thanks for your time, John
~Cigar Box Americana CD~

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How To Play 3 String Cigar Box Guitar

      Do you want to play really great 3 string Delta Blues guitar?

Anyone can master 3 string guitar....yes, I said it, I said the "M" word!!!

You CAN master the 3 string guitar in playing BOTH freestyle Delta Blues with and without a slide.
It is not difficult, It just takes correct explanation of the techniques, patience and practice.
 This DVD explains American music the way it was played from the 1880's to the 1930's.
 Watch this short clip to see the easily understood playing techniques to becoming a great 3 string guitar player. 

The truth is,
 primitive Delta Blues and American Folk music was created by people who could not read or write music,
Nor did they know any music theory or even what an A chord was!

So, why do you need to learn what an 'A chord' is to play cigar box guitar???
The answer is, you don't.
This video shows you how to get that raw Delta Blues sound without headaches or over thinking it
 ...all without having to know any chords, theory, or unnecessary garble.
All of which what was never meant to be so difficult.

It's all about the mechanics.

Like a puzzle I have easily easy broken them down ...not just the licks and runs


This is the most complete how to play 3 sting guitar DVD ever made,
 It covers all the sounds from Vintage finger plucking
Delta Bottleneck slide and even Raw Electric Blues.

Also covered and often overlooked is one of the absolute most important aspects,
HOW TO CORRECTLY TUNE  a 3 string guitar
 I will show you how to tune without ever using a tuner, or even knowing the names of the notes.

 I explain how to set up your guitar to get those primal vintage sounds.

How to set up the Amp,

The strings and various sizes with in depth explanation about their tone and tension,

 Different slides with in depth explanation about their contrast in your playing....and more.

          I have seen many how to play Lessons such as "Mel Bay" Resonator Guitar and Blues videos that were completely false and some were so incorrect that it would be impossible to get a truly vintage American sound by studying them. I am going to be frank,...if someone trys explaining Blues music in this way, "it's a G, E.... or D tuing ....or this flat and that sharp," you are heading IN THE WRONG DIRECTION.....THAT is NOT Blues music.  If many of the great Bluesmen of last century didn't know a G chord from a Flying Saucer or space-ship part... then why on earth do you need to know how to make a 'G chord' on a homemade guitar?....just the simple fact of discussing primitive American Folk music and then trying to define it in European keys and phrasing and it's boundaries will completely insure you never understand anything.  If you are tired of trying to learn and always frustrated with Music theory, Keys, chord arrangements and stuff that really doesn't have anything to do with Delta Blues, Slide guitar and 3 string guitar, than you will enjoy this DVD.
       Enjoy it comfortably watching TV,
American Folk music is super easy!
 That's what defines it, the more you try to learn and the harder you try,
the less it sounds like Delta Blues and the more it sounds like contemporary and European music.

Look, if some guy did it in a barn a 100 years ago, you can do it too!

try this,

clear your mind,

think of a peaceful time well over a 100 years ago,

think of an old barn at the edge of a southern plantation,

think of a guy who could not read or write holding his homemade guitar sitting in that barn
He's just strummin' away a breezy Sunday afternoon.....

Now, do you think he knew what a D chord was transposed over the major scale????

Do you even think he knew what in the heck a major scale was????

NO way!!!!

OK, so why would you need to know complex chords, scales and keys????

I think the music store "Blues Series Lessons" turned more people away from learning guitar than it ever helped!

 Alright, your still here??

watch these videos and meet me below when your done.

I will show you ALL of those techniques to play those EXACT styles AND MORE,
 not just those songs...but different styles that make up American music,
you can freestyle and improvise forever on and make up a 1000 songs
 whats better? learn and copy one song?
or learn the tools to build a lifetime worth of great songs.
I think the Eskimos said it best with a saying that's several centuries old,
"If someone is hungry, you could give a man a fish."
 you can Teach a man to fish and he gets all the hot Eskimo mamas 'cuz his freezer is so jam packed full of large tasty fish!!!

 I think that's it, I think that's their ancient saying???
....anyways, you WILL be able to build your own music,
not just play other peoples songs,
yes, Learning songs from other people is fun, but that is no crowning achievement. Open up your own world of music, it truly is fun and rewarding at heart.

Understanding 3 string guitar How To Play DVD
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~3 strings too many~ Cigar Box Guitar Music CD

Hot off the presses is an all Cigar Box guitar Blues Compact Disc album. If you liked the movie Crossroads or the guitar playing from Ry Cooder, you will enjoy the vintage 3 string blues and cigar box guitar playing that has been recorded on this album.
   To record this album with vintage tones and early Blues, I used 60's tube amps that are naturaly overdriven, and of course, like the movie I used the legendary Pignose that was used while in the deep south and on a lot of the recordings.
 I also record a few songs with some Retro "Radio Guitar Amps." The music and songs are sounds that are southern in flavor, perfect for study if your trying to learn early Americana Bottleneck guitar, or just enjoy it as a relaxing way to step back in time.

Trying to 'explain' what something sounds like is like trying to discribe a, instead of me trying to explain music, you can hear the first track right here right now....Is this something that would interest you?

This CD is all songs of homemade Bottleneck guitar with NO singing, No regular guitars, and only music played on cigar box three string guitars.
 "3 strings too many" is a escape from today and a journey into the Delta Blues and America's past.
 You can buy it here below or
visit the full list of music click here

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~ Cigar Box Jukes~ Delta Blues & Slide Guitar

This is a really colorful Delta Blues cigar box guitar music CD. Both modern and vintage styles, tube amps and unplugged. Instead of me trying to explain the music, in the video below is a track playing a Bottleneck Blues song, it's all natural, no effects or high dollar
guitar used. It's just a gritty tune on a homemade cigar box guitar, as authentic as it sounded in the "country" 100 years ago.
   You often here people say, if you want to play great guitar you need to listen to great guitar players, that's the quickest way to learn, that's how I did it.
Listening is learning, and it's fun! NO regular guitars, NO singing to obstruct the songs of the vintage music of homemade cigar box guitars. This is it, have a listen.

If you want to play vintage Delta Blues you need to listen to Delta Blues...same applies if not more so with cigar box guitar.
This is LO-FIDELITY Blues Slide Guitar at it's best.

~Cigar Box Jukes~ Cigar Box Guitar Music CD

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Cigar Box Guitar ~The Motion Picture~

      The greatest journey you'll take since that first day you discovered cigar box guitars

 This is not just a motion picture....
 but a movie of historic American archival film footage seemed together to create a story
all played through cigar box guitar music.... and only music from cigar box guitars
 no regular guitars, no singing, no bands...
Just raw Delta Blues, Folk, and American Rock n' Roll
 Many never before seen or heard cigar box guitar songs along side some of the best
cigar box guitar songs and videos ever recorded,
 many people have waited for a movie of cigar box guitars
 now it's here on DVD
watch it comfortably on your Television
 no need to huddle around a flickering computer screen
 Now is your chance to see cigar box guitars on the big screen!
  It's 2010, why just listen to an album???
 now you can view and see the storyline of the music at the same time

Cigar Box Guitar ~The Motion Pitcure~
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prepare to be sent back to a time long ago.....

Put on headphones and watch it,
 you will be BLOWN right out of your seat!
Enjoy the many styles, Chicago Blues, Country Blues, Gritty Electric Blues and more
 The Primal American music and Library of Congress film footage will leave you in awe,
you will love the splendor and sounds of America's past, now you can see AND hear history!
 If you are Fan of Delta Blues, Bottleneck slide and gritty Cigar Box 3 & 4 string guitars as well as
 enjoy being immersed in a story layered with American history, than you will watch this movie over and over,
 this film will change your life, watch and enjoy it casually anytime, or study and learn to better your own playing.
The best way to learn how to play cigar box guitar is to watch other people play.
DVD run time 1 hour and 16 minutes
 appropriate for the entire family
Rated A
yes A...for AWESOME!

region Free NSTC DVD
plays in all Television DVD players in the USA, Europe, Australia and Asia

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To make the shipping cost fair for everyone, and not create a giant email hassle trying to
figure out everyone's exact shipping cost. I have set a BELOW cost price of 2.15 per disc
that 'check out' one at a time Flat rate, one disc, or 5, they all cost 2.15 per disc to mail.
Otherwise I would have to try to nickel and dime everyone and answer a gazillion emails
all to save buyers 5 or 10 cents as shipping is about the same everywhere, (it's about
1.95 more or less through out the United States and about 2.68 in Europe, and 2.08 in
Canada, and 2.55 in Australia, on and on, so I averaged it out to an even 2.15 anywhere
worldwide, from down the street to deep in the Arctic, if you have an address,
two-dollars and fifteen cents will get it there, if it cost more, I will pay.
Thanks for understanding, John

These Albums and DVDs were not made to get rich, They are a labor of love.
I build and sell guitars (Red Dog Guitars)
I hardly have grand ideas of selling homemade CD's spun on my computer to retire on.
Any money made on this would be nothing more than diaper money and or juice money for my daughter.
These were made and recorded in my house on a simple hand held recorder
studio? kid's room??? yes!
they are several 100 hours worth of work in recording and editing
these are super fun and cutting edge Disc

not bells and whistles and fancy wrapping that will have no use.

I take pride in that fact,

I would be embarrassed to send you useless plastic wrapping material

that crap will only end up in a landfill,

case in point, this video here

watch this video, it will open your eyes

This CD is made at home by me, not some high dollar studio.

No cellophane, No Plastic shrink wrap, No Plastic covers!

I am proud to say these are Disc mailed in a sturdy Disc mailer.

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It is made of recycled cardboard and addressed with a magic marker title!

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