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Postby BJG145 » Sun Jan 03, 2021 3:44 pm

I'm looking for a new image for 2021. Anyone willing to stick their hand up to playing one of these?

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Postby Sam Spoons » Sun Jan 03, 2021 3:48 pm

Err... No... :D
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Postby Stratman57 » Sun Jan 03, 2021 4:00 pm

I'm pretty sure that No Diddley's guitar in the picture was built for him by Guild or Gretch, and not from a cigar box.

There is however a good documentary on iPlayer about making cigar box guitars. I can't remember the guy's name, but he was always at the North West guitar shows.

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Postby Dynamic Mike » Sun Jan 03, 2021 4:14 pm

I posted a link to it in the 'things I could watch all day' thread in the lounge.
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Postby Sam Spoons » Sun Jan 03, 2021 5:56 pm

Stratman57 wrote:I'm pretty sure that No Diddley's guitar in the picture was built for him by Guild or Gretch, and not from a cigar box.

There is however a good documentary on iPlayer about making cigar box guitars. I can't remember the guy's name, but he was always at the North West guitar shows.

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I assume "No Diddley" is a tribute act to someone other than "Bo Diddley"?
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Postby Stratman57 » Sun Jan 03, 2021 6:00 pm

Doh! Fecking auto correct.

No Diddley is a tribute act that plays none of Bo Bo Diddley's songs.

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Postby Sam Spoons » Sun Jan 03, 2021 6:02 pm

Perhaps he is a BoJo Diddley tribute?
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Postby Stratman57 » Sun Jan 03, 2021 6:12 pm

There is also a rival to the No Diddley tribute act called Diddley Squat.

And let's not forget the great ape tribute act, Bonobo Diddley.

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Postby zenguitar » Sun Jan 03, 2021 8:35 pm

And here's Bo with the Duchess.

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And here's a later photo showing his original rythym guitarist Lady Bo, clearly another convert to more original guitar design.

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Postby CS70 » Mon Jan 04, 2021 12:14 pm

Stratman57 wrote:There is also a rival to the No Diddley tribute act called Diddley Squat.

And let's not forget the great ape tribute act, Bonobo Diddley.

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I think I've listened to Some Diddley sometimes
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Postby Sam Spoons » Mon Jan 04, 2021 12:33 pm

Stratman57 wrote:There is also a rival to the No Diddley tribute act called Diddley Squat.

I presume they get up on stage and play nothing at all (no, not the Ronan Keating song...)
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Postby ManFromGlass » Mon Jan 04, 2021 1:43 pm

If the neck feels good I’d love to have one.
But I’ve always wondered - some of those guitar boxes are huge, meaning huge cigars. So are they a form of compensation for the less endowed the way owning a corvette car is?
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Postby blinddrew » Mon Jan 04, 2021 2:05 pm

I think the cigars go crosswise not lengthwise... ;)
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Postby ManFromGlass » Mon Jan 04, 2021 2:25 pm

D’oh! :headbang:
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Re: Hip to be square? Cigar box guitars

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Jan 04, 2021 10:53 pm

There's absolutely no shame in playing a cigarbox guitar - I think they've got a real vibe, especially for Missisippi blues.

Have a listen to this one:

Justin Johnson (Rooster Blues) 7-15-12 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOUlgYCX_Uw

Superb playing, and I think this is the most beautiful cigarbox instrument I've seen to date 8-)


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