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How To Build A Guitar : The String, Stick, Box Method
Region Free / DVD-Video


A Revolution in Modern Lutherie!

Twenty year veteran guitarist and guitar maker Bill Jehle blends traditional techniques of modern lutherie with the venerable cigar box guitar to create a radical new approach to learning the art of guitar building: build something quickly, simply and inexpensively first, then refine your technique for building a traditional guitar. All the techniques shown in the DVD directly apply to building a traditional guitar. These guitars are just a much more simple way to get started building and a perfect way to learn and experiment.

Also, you don't need plans to make a guitar like this. You learn how to make things work together right from the start. I'll show you how! It's EASY!

If you are interested in building your own guitar but have put off getting started for fear of having to buy hundreds of dollars worth of tools and tone woods, fear no more. How to Build a Guitar : The String, Stick, Box Method will reveal how to do it quickly and affordably while having the time of your life! What is really amazing about learning to build a traditional guitar by starting with a simple cigar box guitar is that everything is optional on these guitars. The frets, the finish, the number of strings, and even the wood working are all optional. You really can build a guitar out of anything with the String, Stick, Box Method! Once you've mastered the basics of construction, you can tackle many other advanced instruments confidently.

This DVD is for anyone interested in building their own guitar, and learning to do it simply in a "walk before you run" style. How to Build a Guitar: The String, Stick, Box Method covers:

What is a Guitar?
Layout and planning
Bridge and nut placement
String scale
Calculation of fret positions
Fret installation
Neck tapering and profiling
Headstock design
Finishing and adding electronics
All the while:

Keeping cost to a minimum!
Keeping the number of tools to a minimum!
Maximizing the creativity and fun of building a guitar!


Simple measurements and working with simple hand tools are all that's needed.

Fretting and neck profiling are demystified.

The end result is a great playing guitar that's fun to play and could even be used for a serious gig!


Probably the Best Cigar Box Guitar Instructional Video Ever Produced:

"As the curator of the National Cigar Box Guitar Museum, I have collected just about every instructional publication, book, article and other ephemera relating to cigar box guitars. Bill Jehle's video is the most informative, encouraging and helpful tool for creating these magical instruments that I've ever seen.

First of all, the average buyer (with little or no woodworking skills) going to end up with a playable, fretted cigar box doubt about it. But Jehle doesn't just stop there. His end goal is to encourage homegrown luthiers to use the basic skills of cigar box guitar building and let them flourish into eventually building 'normal' guitars and other instruments.

Jehle has the magical spark that Mr. Rogers had...he makes you believe in yourself and your humble skills. I know that sounds hokey, but if you're on the fence about building your own instruments, Jehle will give you all the courage you need to tackle the project and come out triumphant.

And for those who don't know, cigar box guitars are becoming the next rumbling in the music underground. Musicians of all calibers and styles are abandoning their store bought gear and adopting these primitive tools for a sound that's grittier, meaner...and deeper.

Join the cigar box guitar revolution. This DVD is the ticket in!" -- Shane Speal, King of the Cigar Box Guitar


DVD Video
NTSC / Region Free / English
Color / Running time 70 min.

Copyright © 2006, BellyJelly Music. All rights reserved.


Professionally reproduced and shrinkwrapped, I guarantee each DVD for playability or I will refund your money (minus S&H), or send a replacement with no questions asked. Shipping and Handling rates are based on USPS first class postage and Air Letter Post. S&H are not negotiable.

A luthier is someone who makes or repairs stringed instruments. The word luthier comes from the French (its word for lute is "luth"). The makers that originally built lutes eventually built violins and other string instruments as well, but the apellation remained. (source: Wikipedia)
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