Now this is just damn cool.
A surgeon in Alabama makes 3-string guitars out of old cigar boxes.
He works with the precision and concentration of a surgeon because, well, he is one. But in the basement workshop of Kirk Withrow’s Birmingham home, the stakes are much lower.
The ear, nose and throat doctor has what he calls a slightly “obsessive” passion for making things out of other things, chief among them, guitars from cigar boxes.
In the past decade, he has created dozens of cigar box guitars, most of them 3-string, acoustic and electric, though the latter takes more time, he says. He has recorded albums and occasionally plays shows and festivals, though he claims he’s not that great and reckons the appeal lies in watching some guy a play homemade instrument.