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Handcrafting some of the most beautiful & finest Mississippi Delta style cigar box slide guitars on the planet

Made in the USA

My cigar box slide guitars are traditional, Mississippi Delta style instruments hand crafted in Eugene, OR since 2007.

I’ve always been attracted to the fine aesthetic quality of cigar boxes. As an artist working with wood & mixed media for over 20 years (among other things) creating these primitive, humble little guitars is the most satisfying. I am pleased that these guitars are a very accessible instrument for aspiring musicians as well as the instrument on which many blues masters learned their craft. Cigar box guitars have a wonderful lineage dating back over 150 years. They really came into their own during the Great Depression with blues musicians of the Delta Mississippi region making guitars out of found objects. Cigar box guitars have enjoyed a huge revival recently in other parts of the country, as interested folks are getting back to the real & primitive essence of this unique style of American music. I’m proud to be making a small contribution to that movement referred to as the “Cigar Box Guitar Revolution” & being part of a small group pioneering these marvelous little instruments westward. I’ve sold my guitars nationally as well as internationally & am crafter for life at the Oregon County Fair.

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I am currently situated in Eugene, OR.

If you like what you see and would like a guitar for your very own~ click the Etsy link to see what I have available at the present~ or check Ebay or I’ll custom make you one!

Prices range from $200 to $500

541-731-1562 or

~Keeping it real, one cigar box at a time~