C. B. Gitty Publishing

Cigar Box Guitar Songbook for Four-String Open G Tuning (GDGB)

  • Cigar Box Guitar Songbook for Four-String Open G Tuning (GDGB)
  • Cigar Box Guitar Songbook for Four-String Open G Tuning (GDGB)
  • Cigar Box Guitar Songbook for Four-String Open G Tuning (GDGB)
  • Cigar Box Guitar Songbook for Four-String Open G Tuning (GDGB)


A collection of 30 beloved, easy-to-play classic songs arranged in tablature for 4-string Open GDGB cigar box guitars and other homemade instruments. Each song includes multiple tablature arrangements in different styles and keys, chords & chord forms, full lyrics and additional information. Ben Gitty has painstakingly created these arrangements and resources specifically to help beginning players get started.

Easy-to-follow instructional material is also provided: How to Read Tablature, How to Read Chord Forms, and some suggestions on how to play the songs. Three pages of 4-string chord forms are also provided. This is a must-have resource for any cigar box guitar player!

These are professionally printed and bound songbooks in a nice big easy-to-read 8.5 x 11-inch format.

You can also get this songbook directly from Amazon, with free shipping through Prime. Customers in Europe, be sure to browse or to order a copy that will be printed and shipped from within the EU!


Cigar Box Guitarist Shaq Collins writes:

In each book Ben will first give you an introduction not only to the book but the history of the songs within. It sets a scene of the world at the time of these songs. You get an idea of why the songs were written to begin with. Ben then goes on to give a lesson on how to read these songs. Some people may know very well how to read chords and tablature but somewhere out there these books may be someone's very first song book so I find it a very nice touch. Another thing I do like, which I have seen other books be guilty of in the past, is the larger type size. Ben has ensured that these books be very easy to read and follow. One thing I will say is a huge plus in each of his books is the page layout. Although there are chord charts in the beginning of each book, each song will have not just the chords displayed that you will need to play them but diagrams of how to play them so there is no need to flip back and forth to make sure you're fingers are where they’re supposed to be. If you’re umming and ahing about getting one of Ben's books, you’d be wise to do so because there are few better feelings than learning how to play a song you love then absolutely nailing it.


Song List: 

Amazing Grace
America the Beautiful
Anchors Aweigh
Baa Baa Black Sheep
Battle Hymn of the Republic
Boogie Woogie Blues
Camptown Races
Crawdad Hole
Down By the Riverside
Down in the Valley
Farmer in the Dell
Happy Birthday
Hard Times Come Again No More
Home On the Range
I’ll Tell Me Ma
In the Pines
John Henry
Little Brown Jug
London Bridge
Lullaby (Cradle Song)
Mary Had A Little Lamb
Midnight Special
My Country ’Tis of Thee
Nearer My God, To Thee
Ode To Joy
Oh My Darlin’ Clementine
Oh, Susannah
Oh When the Saints (Go Marching In)
Polly Wolly Doodle

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