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ON SALE NOW:  Making Poor Man's Guitars by Shane Speal.  $19.95 autographed

This book presents the authentic stories of American DIY music with step-by-step projects, photo studies of antique instruments, interviews with music legends, and historical accounts. Shane Speal, the “King of the Cigar Box Guitar,” shows how anyone can build amazing musical instruments from found items.

REVIEWS:

With the stunning imagery, great stories, and Speal’s accompanying YouTube videos, falling in love with cigar box guitars isn’t hard to do.TheManual.com

With each story, readers will discover the magic of the DIY music movement.Bass Musician Magazine

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NEW VIDEO LESSON: R. L. Burnside's "Nine Days In Jail"

 

Hi all!

I'm continuing my series on classic blues songs arranged for cigar box guitar with this fantastic song by the great RL Burnside.  "Nine Days in Jail" was originally released on his album, My Black Name A-Ringin' and has that signature North Mississippi groove to it.

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NEW Shane Speal Cigar Box Guitar Strings from CBGitty.com

I am proud to announce my brand new 3-string signature sets from CBGitty.com.  The strings come in either acoustic or electric and are the same exact gauges I use in every concert.  TUNINGS:  Each string pack also includes my tuning guide, allowing you to take your cigar box guitar from an Open G to jazz, Hawaiian and even dirty blues tunings. 

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Five Reasons Why You Suck at Slide Guitar

By Shane Speal.  This article was originally posted in my Guitar World column.

Have you ever bought a guitar slide and had intentions of ripping new leads with it, only to discover when you get home that it’s damn near impossible to use? 

I’ve been there, too. 

Playing slide guitar, well, takes a little dedication in practice, but also in the way you set up your gear, too. 

Here’s a quick rundown of five roadblocks that might be keeping you from sliding: 

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New Secret Prizes at StubbySlide.com

Remember toy suprises in the cereal box? When I started my own guitar slide company, I wanted to surprise folks in the same way that Cap'n Crunch did back in the 70's...except I would include stickers, collectible pins and burlap "mojo" bags instead of bicycle license plates.

I just got the brand new Felix the Cat stickers in.  Each one is 4.25" square and is screen printed on weatherproof vinyl.  They look awesome on guitar cases and car bumpers!  Starting today, I'm tucking one inside every StubbySlide.com order. 

I've continued to introduce various collectible 1.5" pins that are included with every guitar slide.  (Have you collected the pins?  Send me a picture of your collection!) 

I hope to bring out even more guitar slides and work with artisans who craft these awesome pieces. For me, every slide inspires a new song or playing style.  

Thanks for making my life fun!  I hope you're enjoying this stuff as much as I am.

Staying primal...always,
Shane

Start Shopping Snake Oil Medicine Bottle Slide - $10 each (2 slide set for $15)

As featured at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, MS!  Get 'em here - I ship worldwide.

Snake Oil Bottle Slides »

The Preacher hand-tooled brass slide - $13

Fully adjustible for all size fingers. 
See the demo video in the link.  
Worldwide shipping

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  LIVE IN CONCERT! Monday, June 25 - Mudhook Brewing Co., York PA. - 10pm
Thursday, June 28 - Bog Turtle Brewing Co., Oxford PA - 7pm
Saturday, June 30 - Mayfly Festival, Wrightsville PA - 1pm

See all concert dates, addresses and info at ShaneSpeal.com/Shows

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Previous events

Date Event Location
 —  — Shane Speal at Brewvino: Grandview Brewvino at Grandview Golf Course, York, PA 17408 Brewvino at Grandview Golf Course, York, PA 17408
 —  — SECOND THURSDAYS AT CBBCity, York PA CBBCity - Crystal Ball Brewing Company , York, Pennsylvania 17401 CBBCity - Crystal Ball Brewing Company , York, Pennsylvania 17401
Shane Speal and the Snakes @ Liquid Hero Liquid Hero Brewery, York, Pennsylvania Liquid Hero Brewery, York, Pennsylvania
PA CIGAR BOX GUITAR FEST PRE-SHOW Shane Speal at Crystal Ball Crystal Ball Brewery - Downtown York, York PA 17401 Crystal Ball Brewery - Downtown York, York PA 17401
 —  — Shane Speal at Gunpowder Falls Brewery Gunpowder Falls Brewery, Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania Gunpowder Falls Brewery, Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania
 —  — SECOND THURSDAYS AT CBBCity, York PA CBBCity - Crystal Ball Brewing Company , York, Pennsylvania 17401 CBBCity - Crystal Ball Brewing Company , York, Pennsylvania 17401
 —  — Shane Speal at Milkhouse Brewery Milkhouse Brewing, Mount Airy, Maryland 21771 Milkhouse Brewing, Mount Airy, Maryland 21771
Shane Speal and the Snakes @ Liquid Hero Liquid Hero Brewery, York, Pennsylvania Liquid Hero Brewery, York, Pennsylvania
Shane Speal & the Snakes @ Susq. Folk Fest Susquehanna Folk Festival , Lewisberry, PA Susquehanna Folk Festival , Lewisberry, PA
 —  — Shane Speal @ Cherry Lane lunch concert, downtown York Cherry Lane behind Central Market, York, PA Cherry Lane behind Central Market, York, PA
Shane Speal live on air at WXPN WXPN-FM Radio xpn.org WXPN-FM Radio xpn.org
Shane Speal & the Snakes @ W. Man VFW West Manchester V.F.W., York, PA West Manchester V.F.W., York, PA
 —  — SECOND THURSDAYS AT CBBCity, York PA CBBCity - Crystal Ball Brewing Company , York, Pennsylvania 17401 CBBCity - Crystal Ball Brewing Company , York, Pennsylvania 17401
Shane Speal & the Snakes @ Cantina on Royal Square Taste Test Restaurant, York PA Taste Test Restaurant, York PA
Shane Speal and the Snakes @ Liquid Hero Liquid Hero Brewery, York, Pennsylvania Liquid Hero Brewery, York, Pennsylvania
Shane Speal and the Snakes - Mayfly Fest John Wright Restaurant, Wrightsville PA John Wright Restaurant, Wrightsville PA
Shane Speal at Bog Turtle Brewing Bog Turtle Brewing, Oxford, PA 19363 Bog Turtle Brewing, Oxford, PA 19363
Shane Speal at Mudhook Mudhook Brewing, York, PA Mudhook Brewing, York, PA
 —  — SECOND THURSDAYS AT CBBCity, York PA CBBCity - Crystal Ball Brewing Company , York, Pennsylvania 17401 CBBCity - Crystal Ball Brewing Company , York, Pennsylvania 17401
Shane Speal & Snakes ROOSTERPALOOZA FEST ROOSTERPALOOZA FEST at Elicker's Grove, Spring Grove, Pennsylvania 17362 ROOSTERPALOOZA FEST at Elicker's Grove, Spring Grove, Pennsylvania 17362

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Shane Speal's Snake Oil Band
"HOLLER!"
Download the album now!  $9.99 for an hour of jug band overdrive rock!
 

"Holler is...in a word, infectious and Shane Speal's Snake Oil Band is the cure.  A mix of blues riffs, field chants, classic rock fuzz that gets your foot stompin'."  Guitar World Magazine