Mudcat Café message #637434 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #43598   Message #637434
Posted By: The Shambles
28-Jan-02 - 07:18 PM
Thread Name: Why the cigarette in the guitar?
Subject: Why the cigarette in the guitar?
Many years ago, aspiring and earnest young guitar players would place a lighted cigarette carefully between the strings at the top of their guitar. This would then be ignored and allowed to burn down slowly and add to the moody atmosphere (and general pollution).

This apparently had the effect of adding to the earnestness and authenticity of their performance.

I must confess that (even as non-smoker)I tried this in my youth. I can't honestly claim that my playing improved as a result but the girls seemed to fall for the effect (or the resulting lack of oxygen).

Anyone else going to admit to doing this?

Who was responsible for starting this practice?