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"...

We're back in the saddle...we almost sold out of guitars over Christmas, and we are just getting through an order for 15 (yes fifteen) guitars for Dark Star Brewing. We also have several custom guitars orders to fulfill, and will soon be  working on new guitars for our online shop. Sorry if you can't buy a ChickenboneJohn guitar right now...but they are in high demand, and we are trying to do our best to keep up with the demand.

Learn to play cigar  box guitar with ChickenboneJohn!!!

Saturday March 5th, 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

11th Feb. Southside Blues, White Horse, Harborne B'ham

5th March  Learn to play cigar box guitar workshop, Bearwood, West Mids

 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

24-26th June Muddy Roots, Waardamme, Belgium

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


If you do want a Chickenbone John guitar, please drop me an email, I can advise you on when  I expect to have more stock for sale, or you can place an order for a custom instrument.  I'm always happy to discuss  individual requirements and ideas for new guitars.