~Cigar Box Guitars~
the Cigar Box took shape in the early 1800's, innovative luthiers have
been constructing beautiful and fascinating stringed instruments out of
them. These instruments enjoyed a resurgence in the Jug Band Era as
homemade instruments found their place in the popular music scene, but
have, for the most part, flown under the mainstream radar.
The greatest influence of the Cigar Box Guitar can be seen in the Blues
genre. Some of the greatest Blues legends began their musical journeys
on the Cigar Box Guitar due to the affordability and accessibility of
these homemade instruments. As a result, the feel and tone of these
instruments helped inspire some of rhythms and melodies that have become
the backbone of American Musical Tradition.
Justin's unique approach adds intricate
Jazz and Gypsy stylings to an instrument that has largely been restricted to Folk, Rock, and Blues. After picking up a CBG for the
first time in 2011, Justin Johnson has commanded instant respect among
CBG veterans and enthusiasts, with his innovative approach and unparalleled finesse and virtuosity.
To present the Cigar Box Guitar as the truly versatile and expressive
musical instrument that it is, it takes a very skilled artist and
craftsman to construct the instrument. The modern CBG is a marriage of
tradition and technology. The roots instruments that Justin
uses are true works of art, requiring extensive knowledge of
electronics, woodworking, and music. Without talented Luthiers like those represented here, the musical possibilities and traditions of
these instruments would remain untapped.