Shane Speal

Shane Speal plays a cigar box guitar, with bright stage lights behind him.

York, PA’s Shane Speal is the world’s foremost master of the cigar box guitar, a primitive stringed instrument cobbled together from discarded wood, guitar strings and an empty box. Shane Speal is responsible for the modern resurgence of the cigar box guitar, a once forgotten instrument of American blues and roots music. His newest book, Making Poor Man's Guitars, chronicles the history of the instrument and shows how to make your own.

Shane Speal & The Snakes is a modern version of the classic jug band, featuring homemade washtub bass, box drums and harmonica. It’s high-octane gut bucket blues mixed with a touch of New Orleans and punk rock.

Shane has been featured in the LA Times, Guitar World and Premier Guitar magazines and his concert has been featured in the PBS documentary, Songs Inside the Box. He says, “a Cigar Box Guitar is quirky and appears ‘broken’ from the start. They just don’t look like they should play any music. I love to see jaws hit the floor when I shove a socket on my finger and wail away.” (from Premier Guitar Magazine)

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