Mike Snowden plays bluesy rock as a one-man band. But he's not playing a Gibson Les Paul or a Fender Stratocaster -- his music comes from a guitar he built from an empty cigar box.
"I saw a guy on YouTube playing a cigar box guitar, and I was like, 'What is that?' I'd never seen that before. So I made one," he says.
Before he knew it, Snowden was building and selling cigar box guitars for people out of his garage in Marietta, Georgia.
Since 2007, he has sold close to 1,000 cigar box guitars online to people around the world.
Snowden builds mostly three- and four-string guitars, and he spends three weeks handcrafting each one.
"There are no two alike. They're all individual because every cigar box is a little different," he says.
Snowden has put out five records since he started playing cigar box guitars. He's keeping a piece of music history alive on stage and in his workshop in the garage.
"Sometimes when I'm down here working on guitars, I'm like, 'What am I doing?'" he says. "But then people see them, and they're like 'Whoa, man, how cool is that?' I've been doing it for a while so you kind of forget. It is kind of a cool thing."