The love of music for a
former Lufkin High School band member started at an early age and has never
left. Now, Carl Wallace shares that love by making some pretty interesting
When browsing through the
wide selection of guitars at Sound Techs in Lufkin, customers will find a
corner that is home to some unusual guitars made out of cigar boxes and other
types of containers.
"People always asks, ‘How
did you think of that?', and really it is nothing new," Wallace said. "If you
look at old pictures dating back to the civil war, you will see troops around
campfires with instruments made out of boxes and barrels."
Wallace admits these are
not the quality of Gibson guitars, but said he is satisfied with the sound.
"People can make
music real complicated," Wallace said. "I just thought I would make music very
simple with three strings, a cigar box and a stuck for a neck."
Wallace said there is
nothing fancy about his creations, and that they come from a lifetime of loving
"There's something about
being able to make it and I like to make it cheap," Wallace said. "A little bit
of the effort is browsing flea markets and thrift stores looking for nice boxes."
Wallace says he never
tries to spend over $5 per item.
Guitars aren't the only
things he has created. Wallace finds small boxes that he can turn into homemade
amplifiers. He has even found a way to create a drum kit out of a bed pan and suitcase,
proving that everything has more than just one purpose.
"As you start looking
for things, you see more possibilities," Wallace said. "As in any part of your
life, you have to look a little deeper."
Wallace said that each
guitar is different, but for right now his favorite one is a 12 days of Christmas
cigar box he found at a thrift store in Houston.
To find out more about Wallace and his
guitars you can visit his blog.