MiVT: Old Crow Mojo Guitars

Posted: Jul 24, 2017 2:59 PM EDT Updated: Jul 24, 2017 7:11 PM EDT FLETCHER, Vt. -
Five years ago, Gerry Thigpen received his cigar box guitar.

"It's just a fine little instrument," he said.

The instrument was made by Dave Day. Dave and his son, Scott, formed Old Crow Mojo Guitars about two and a half years ago.

"He calls me the brains of the operation, but I wonder sometimes," Scott said.

"I've been retired 18 years and he comes over every weekend. We always have something going," Dave said.

"Dad and I just have a great working relationship. We spend all day in the shop and create some real nice stuff," Scott said. "This was made actually out of a 1960s pre-embargoed Cuban cigar box."

Each guitar takes about eight hours to make and there are about three or four different types of wood used to complement the cigar box.

"Makes for a good fit right there," Dave said.

As for the boxes, Dave collects those while living in Florida during the winter, but now people just show up to his house cigar box in hand.

"We don't buy them anymore," he said. "We've got plenty."

Dave and Scott have made 86 guitars to date and sell them on their website, their Etsy page and at various craft shows.

"We do three or four a year," Dave said.

"It's really cool and then somebody comes along who can really jam on one, then all of the sudden there's 35 people around standing watching somebody play and that's great, because usually the person playing walks out with a guitar," Scott said.

And if those people are like Gerry Thigpen, it'll be tough to put that Old Crow Mojo Guitar down.

"If you're a guitar player or want to be a guitar player, you should have one of these in your arsenal," he said.

In other words, they should string along.