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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

News

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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Date Event Location
Shane Speal & the Snakes @ Speal's Tavern Speal's Tavern, New Alexandria, Pennsylvania Speal's Tavern, New Alexandria, Pennsylvania
Shane Speal and the Snakes @ Liquid Hero Liquid Hero Brewery, York, Pennsylvania Liquid Hero Brewery, York, Pennsylvania
Shane Speal at Bog Turtle Bog Turtle Brewing, Oxford, PA 19363 Bog Turtle Brewing, Oxford, PA 19363
Shane Speal at Pub on the Trail, York Pub on the Trail, York, PA Pub on the Trail, York, PA
Shane Speal solo at Little Buffalo Festival Little Buffalo Festival, Newport, Pennsylvania Little Buffalo Festival, Newport, Pennsylvania
Shane Speal and the Snakes @ Liquid Hero Liquid Hero Brewery, York, Pennsylvania Liquid Hero Brewery, York, Pennsylvania
Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band and Shane Speal & Snakes McGarvey's Bar (formerly Aldo's Place), Altoona, PA 16601 McGarvey's Bar (formerly Aldo's Place), Altoona, PA 16601
 —  — Shane Speal at Brewvino: Grandview Brewvino at Grandview Golf Course, York, PA 17408 Brewvino at Grandview Golf Course, York, PA 17408
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
 —  — 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
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

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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