Shane Speal Signature
Peep Show Sound Hole Set - as featured in Shane Speal's "Making Poor Man's Guitars" book.
A unique set sound hole pieces, one coin slot and the other, a picture frame. Each is cut from 1/8-inch solid mahogany panels.
In his book "Making Poor Man's Guitars", Shane Speal shows using these two together on a cigar box guitar to create a "peep show" motif. The photo to the right shows a close-up detail of the girlie photo that is clued to the inside of the cigar box in Shane's example from the book.
This sound hole set comes with two parts:
PICTURE FRAME: The larger piece serves as a sound hole cover, with a burlesque image glued inside the box beneath it*
COIN SLOT: The "coin slot" piece (an original design by Shane) with Victorian Era design and a slot just big enough for a nickel. You can cut a narrow hole in the cigar box, the same width as the slot, turning it into a second sound hole. You can also opt to just place the slot on the box without cutting a hole underneath.
Shane says (of guitars he's built using these parts):
"My Peep Show guitars sell like hotcakes. Any time I would do a series of these guitars, they'd sell out before anything else. The key is to use old burlesque photos that don't show much...make sure the picture you choose leaves a bit to the imagination."
*Choosing the right image: Shane recommends doing a Google image search for "vintage burlesque postcards" to get started on finding an image to print out for inside the box - just be warned, some of the search results may contain nudity.
The sound hole cover is 4.125 inches by 2.125 inches, with an opening size of 3.375 inches by 1.375 inches. The coin slot measures 2.375 inches tall by 1.375 inches wide. Six brass-plated screws are included for mounting.
See the listing photos for examples of how Shane made use of these parts on his "Pictures of Lily" cigar box guitar.