Guitar Paul McCartney Played on Saturday Night Live
Paul McCartney played a very odd guitar on the December 15th episode of Saturday Night Live during his performance with surviving members of Nirvana.
It was a Cigar Box guitar (or CBG for short). The body is a large cigar box with a resonator in it, which makes it perfect for playing slide guitar. The other odd thing was that it only had 4 strings. A little research showed that cigar box guitars are commonly made with only 3 or 4 strings.
You can actually make your own CBG with kits like the CB Gitty Cigar Box Guitar Kit, or just buy your own - like this CB Gitty Standard Model Cigar Box Guitar #1 - "Romeo and Julietta 3-Stringer."
That is one strange looking guitar.
It is indeed:).
He played a different instrument later in the show - looked like a small guitar with a very long neck, but only 4 strings? Does anyone know what that was?
Yeah, that was the Cigar Box guitar I mentioned. He was only on twice. He played piano the first time and the Cigar Box Guitar the 2nd time.
Did I dream it? It's also on YouTube under Paul McCartney Live 12-12-12. Take a look.
I found it on the Sam Ash web site. It's a Hofner 5000/1 Deluxe Beatle Bass.
Doh! I'm sorry, yes. That was Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time. I forgot about that, he did play 3 times. And I didn't notice anything odd about the guitar because it was his bass from when he was in the Beatles. Duh. Sorry about that.
There is a large community of builders and players of cigar box guitars. You can find lots of info, lessons, photos, videos, groups, forums and even live chat at the Handmade Music Clubhouse http://HandmadeMusicClubhouse.com. There’s also info on all types of homemade instruments and music.
Paul's guitar looks like it was made out of wood, and not a typical cigar box. It looks like he had a very special guitar made. It is a beautiful looking instrument. Wish we could see some close-up photos of the actual guitar!