Since it's February we wanted to show a little LOVE to one of our most unique artisans, Alan Gross. Gross handcrafts playable cigarbox guitars. CBGs and other repurposed instruments rose to prominence during the 19th Century. These unique-sounding music makers have kept a cult following through the centuries and are often used for Old Time, Bluegrass, and traditional Blues music.
Gross recently became interested in incorporating the cigar box guitar into his own music and began building CBGs. The wood (red oak, cherry, walnut) used in these guitars comes from Carroll County Mississippi. The logs were rough cut into boards at a local sawmill in Montgomery County Mississippi, and air dried for 8 years in Lafayette County. With the help of noted woodworker Ken Sufka, each guitar neck and bridge are hand crafted.
At this moment, we have a strong collection of CBGs (and one olive oil can guitar!) at Oxford Treehouse Gallery. They are ready to find their forever home wherein they will be appreciated for both their special sound and their beauty!
OTG is open Thursday-Saturday from 12-6 and happily by appointment!