Chickenbone John - The Godfather of the Cigar Box Guitar


I don't do normal guitars...but what I do is always unique and with my own personal slant on things...why not take a look around?  I make cigar box guitars (and lots of other types of stringed instruments too), play them, teach people how to build their own guitars...and how to play them too.

They call me "The Godfather of the cigar box guitar"...

LATEST NEWS - Chickenbone John Guitars have been selected to trade at Glastonbury!!!

We are delighted to have "made the cut", so over the next few months we'll be working hard to get ready.

PLEASE NOTE - as we are so busy fulfilling the custom orders we already have on our books and trying to keep up with the demand for our guitars, we will not be taking any more orders for custom guitars until July 2016. We are sorry to have to do this, but apologise for any disappointment this may cause, and hope you will understand.

Learn to play cigar  box guitar with ChickenboneJohn

The last workshop in March sold out, but the next one is 11th June, in Smethwick West Midlands.  A 1/2 day course suitable for beginners and intermediate players.

If you haven't got a guitar, don't worry, I'll provide one for free.

Recent gig with top international performer Ian Seigal. 
It was a real honour to be asked to provide a backing band for him.


Upcoming dates 2016

5th March  Learn to play cigar box guitar workshop  - SOLD OUT

10th March  Southside Blues, White Horse, Harborne B'ham

9th April  Private Event

14th April  Southside Blues, White Horse, Harborne B'ham

17th April  Prescott Bike Festival

15th May  Haydock Park Guitar Show

3-5th June  Lunar Festival, Hampton in Arden, Warks.

11th June Learn to play cigar box guitar workshop, Bearwood, West Mids

17-17th Dark Holler Festival, Poole, Dorset


8-10th July Mostly Jazz Funk and Soul, Birmingham

15-17th July  Upton upon Severn Blues Festival

22-24th July Deershed Festival, Yorkshire

6-7th Aug. Staycation Festival, Godalming

20th Aug. Old Bush Blues Festival, Callow End, Worcestershire

28th August, Cumbria Guitar Show

2-4th  Sept. Moseley Folk Festival

17-18th Sept. German Cigar Box Guitar Festival

25th Sept. Leeds Guitar Show