Thursday, October 15, 2015

3 Ways Shane Speal Impresses The Hell Out Of Me

Shane Speal on stage at the 2015 York, PA cigar box guitar festival

Shane Speal is different things to different people.

But the self-proclaimed King of the Cigar Box Guitar is undeniably this: 

one of the biggest reasons, if not the biggest, most of us are making and playing CBGs.

"Hrrumph! I've been making and playing since blah, blah, blah." someone is muttering right now. 

Good on ya, my friend. But had it not been for Shane starting: 
  • the first known website for cigar box guitars
  • a Yahoo! group devoted to makers and admirers of CBGs
  • and
then it's likely that many of us wouldn't have felt the ripple effect of his efforts.

That effect led so many people to grab a stick and a box and make a cigar box guitar of their own.

I didn't know who Shane Speal was until I was working for C.B. Gitty Crafter Supply for at least a year.

Had it not been for Shane's work, C.B. Gitty likely wouldn't exist, nor the market that supports the business.

This isn't some love-fest post about Shane. In fact, Shane does some things in ways that I never would.

But the clincher here is that, unlike Shane, I'm not trying to support a family while creating a niche and spear-heading the entire cigar box guitar movement. 

Shane is doing that. 

And has been for over 20 years.

What I am going to show you now, other than what's been already listed here are,

The 3 reasons why Shane Speal impresses the hell out of me.

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