"Razzy Dazzy Spasm Band" 3-string Illustrated Cigar Box Guitar
This beautiful hand-crafted cigar box guitar features a vintage photo from the early 1900's of the original "Razzy Dazzy Spasm Band", a group of New Orleans street urchins who performed on homemade instruments in the Storyville area of the city. Band leader "Stale Bread" Lacoumbe was known to tell the story of how the word "jazzy" was first used to describe their music. Even though Jazz historians point out that "Stale Bread" was the only person who ever put forward this story, we love the idea that New Orleans street urchins helped create Jazz on cigar box guitars!
This beautiful piece is one of our line of Illustrated Guitars, designed to capture the essence of great-sounding and easy-playing instrument crafting. To the sturdy frame (tone-rich wooden cigar box, hardwood neck & fretboard, solid tried-and-true hardware), we add a beautiful, full-color piece of artwork, uniquely vivifying the instrument and drawing the eye of all who see it. This handcrafted guitar has a full, rich acoustic tone (and a built-in contact pickup, if you want to amplify it), a nice high ringing treble voice, and is simply a joy to play. Best of all is the affordable price on this hand-crafted-in-the-USA piece of musical art.
The box top (sound board) of the guitar is printed using our "Vivigraphic" Method: a full-color, photo-resolution printing process using highly durable UV-cured inks, allowing for a precise reproduction of the image (with wood grain showing through any white areas). The image is printed directly onto the box's top panel using very durable, UV-cured inks. These guitars are built from new, unbranded wooden cigar boxes, which have never held cigars and have no connection to the tobacco industry.
We also include a bonus "Player's Pack" with every guitar, which includes a 60-page songbook with how-to-play lessons, a chord poster, guitar picks & More!
- Illustration/Design: "Razzy Dazzy Spasm Band"
- Number of Strings: 3
- Tuning: Open G "GDG" (high treble folk/country variety)
- Scale Length: 23 inches (Tenor guitar)
- Fretting Style: Chromatic
- Pickup Style: Contact (piezo) direct-wired to Jack
- Neck and Fretboard: Hardwood (Poplar)
- Body size: 8 inches x 10 inches