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Introducing the Shane Speal Holiday 2016 Catalog

This is "The Old Man."  It was made with an 80 year old cigar box.
This handmade cigar box guitar is part of the 2016 Shane Speal guitar collection rolling out in the next two weeks.  The first two new instruments Read more
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Circus Freaks & The Rings of Giant Kings

What is that one bizarre thing you find escape?
Music has become my entire life...from guitar building, to historical research, marketing...it's all music all the time.  It sounds like a dream until it becomes a focus that has your attention 24/7.

Lately, I've been finding total escapism in my antique circus giant ring collection.  It's such a bizarre quest, my brain gets carjacked to a new world. Read more

Cool Guitars and Old Man Wisdom

Everybody Tells Young Folks to Follow Their Dreams, But Few Ever Tell Them the Rewards at the End.
I was rabidly obsessed with the Musicvox Guitar Company when they debuted in the late 90's.  Their Spaceranger model was like electric sex from future's past...the globular shapes, the radical retro 'throwback' look...  To me, they were more beautiful than Strats or Les Pauls.  

I first held one in a Philadelphia guitar store back in 1998.  I was so poor at the time, I walked away, empty handed and sad.

I… Read more
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VIDEO: The Beauty of Wretched Old Guitars


In today's Cigar Box Nation TV, Shane shows off a wretched old parlor guitar and the magic that comes out of the soundhole.  He uses "The Edge" pocketknife slide (available at http://shanespeal.com/shop-guitar-slides)

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