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What is a cigar box guitar?
Many people have never heard of them, seen them, or heard them being played – but, these instruments are part of the cornerstone of American blues music dating back to the late 1800s.
During the late 1800s, impoverished people (often slaves) wanted instruments, but could not afford a factory-made guitar, so they improvised with an empty cigar box, a stick and some string or wire.
The cigar box guitar was born.
I can’t imagine it would be very comfortable to play.