THE $5 CRACKER BOX AMPLIFIER

By Ed Vogel & Blind Lightnin’ Pete

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Photograph by Sam Murphy

BIG SOUNDS FROM A SMALL PACKAGE

In MAKE, Volume 04, I presented my version of the venerable cigar box guitar. The instructions for the project included adding an electric pickup so you could play the guitar through an amplifier.

People from around the world emailed me to tell me they’d built cigar box guitars based on my instructions. I struck up a conversation with one gentleman from Europe who goes by the moniker Blind Lightnin’ Pete. He made a couple of beautiful cigar box guitars, including one he calls the Vintage Blues Texas Rattlesnake Special model. ...

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