Shane Speal plays "Blue Raga" on cigar box guitar


6 Responses to “Shane Speal plays "Blue Raga" on cigar box guitar”

  1. ill lich says:

    Why is it a “guitar”?

    Three strings: shouldn’t it really be considered a domra or something middle eastern like a tanbur?

  2. Anonymous says:

    wow! thats like some mystical spanish guitar, arabian night magic with a hint of bluegrass. nice.

  3. jdixon says:

    Very nice. That drone instrument is also interesting!

  4. yri says:

    Love the resonator! And the sound is much like a saz. Hm, I guess I’ll have to build a cigar-box saz, now…

  5. Anonymous says:

    Not to spam, and I wouldn’t get paid anyway, but both Shane and Tim’s musical projects are available at

  6. shanespeal says:

    The cigar box guitar was made by Kurt Schoen ( It has a dobro cone inside the cigar box and it plays like a dream.

    The person playing the drone instrument is wyrd folk legend, tiMOTHy Renner ( He calls the instrument a cigar box tambura. It has 11 drone strings that pass over sitar bridges.

    Thanks again for everything, Mark!

    -Shane Speal

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