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Take 10: Presenting Michael Greene and his handmade cigar box guitar sound

November 29, 2017 Updated: December 1, 2017 at 1:18 pm
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photo - Mike Greene built a cigar-box guitar and plays blues music. Photographed in the Gazette studio on Tuesday, November 21, 2017.

(The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)
Mike Greene built a cigar-box guitar and plays blues music. Photographed in the Gazette studio on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker) 

Michael Greene will show off his homemade cigar box guitar on Friday, Dec. 1 on the live Take 10 performance on the Gazette News Facebook platform during the noon hour.

In the interest of full disclosure, Greene is an employee of the Gazette's advertising department. His musical talents and unique guitar won him a spot on Take 10.

"I'm a middle-age amateur musician trying to have as much as fun as possible," Greene said.

Greene said he got the idea to make this guitar after watching a number of artists online perform with them and show off the construction on do-it-yourself videos.

"It is a simple instrument and harkens back to music that you would expect to hear in rural areas from someone's front porch," Greene said. "These are simple instruments you make from stuff around your home."

It took Greene three weeks and a little more than $125 to build his four-string guitar.

"It's definitely not made to sound like a well made or traditional instrument. It's very basic, but allows you to play blues to folk and have some fun with a very cheap instrument," he said.

Greene has been playing music since he was 16 and is excited to perform on our live Take 10 on Friday on the Gazette News Facebook platform.

Two other musically talented Gazette employees will be joining Greene for the performance. Lake Trout, also from the advertising department, will be on drums, and Gazette reporter Stephanie Earls will chime in on vocals.

Take 10 is about showing off southern Colorado talent to thousands of our Facebook viewers. If you are serious about your talents, musician, magician, poet, playwright or whatever you do to wow a crowd, email me at eric.singer@gazette.com. The Gazette supports local entertainment and this is one of the many ways we get it done, putting you on a future Take 10 performance.

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