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How to Make a Cigar Box Guitar
Cigar Box Guitars - Simple and Easy to Make
Cigar box guitars are becoming more popular as enthusiasts are proudly sharing their creations and popular musicians such as Tom Waits, are playing them. These simple guitars are made from the wooden boxes that cigars are packed in. They're easy to put together and very inexpensive to make.
There's evidence that cigar box guitars have been around since the 1840's. Early cigar box guitars had one or two strings, while our modern day ones usually have three. During the depression when money was scarce, cigar box guitars became a popular musical instrument because you could find a cigar box, a broom handle and a couple of pieces of wire from an old screen, almost anywhere. We are seeing a revival of cigar box guitars in the movies and with popular bands picking up the instrument. So let's get all our tools together and make one. Want to see some old cigar box labels? Visit Cigar Box Labels.
Make Your Own Cigar Box Guitar - Tools You'll Need
Many cigar box guitars are fretless guitars, however they can be made with frets or without frets depending on what you prefer.
- wooden cigar box
- 3 - tuning pegs
- 3' long, 1 x 2 (popular)
- 12 - 1" finishing nails
- hack saw
- pocket knife
- 1/4" x 2 1/4" eye bolt
- 8/32 X 1 1/2" bolt
- wood glue
- wood saw
How to Make a Cigar Box Guitar Instructions
Cigar Box Guitar Parts
Cigar Box Guitar Kit - Everything You Need to Make a Box Guitar
If you are looking to build a box guitar this kit contains everything you will need, except for the neck (which isn't included to keep shipping costs down). A 1" x 2" x 34" hardwood neck can be found at any hardware store like Lowes or Home Depot. The box guitar kit includes a cigar box, 3 acoustic strings, open gear tuners with screws and bushings, 8 brass corner screws, 4 brass grommets for sound hole inserts, threaded rod lengths for the nut and bridge, brass tailpiece hinge, plus a 26 page instruction booklet. Build your very own CBG today!
Cigarbox Amp - All Wood Cigarbox Amp
If you are looking for an affordable cigarbox amp for your cigarbox guitar then this amp by C.B. Gitty will be just what you need. A 2.5W Artec SDA-T amp board powered by a 9V battery. Natural wood finish and gold box corners add to the beauty of this cigarbox amp.
Great Sites About Cigar Box Guitars
- Cigar Box Guitars - Join the Revolution
All things Cigar Box Guitars. The original home base for the Cigar Box Guitar community, Instruments, Players, Music, Members, Techniques, Festivals, Resources and More!
- Daddy Mojo Custom Cigar Box Guitars
Handmade, custom-built cigarbox guitars from Montreal, Canada -- unique blues and old-time country music sounds.
- Cigar Box Guitar Parts and Accessories
Your resource for information about parts and supplies for building and playing cigar box guitars and other homemade instruments.
- Cigar Box Guitar History Museum
The most complete history of the cigar box guitar.
- Cigar Box Labels
Love cigar box art? This page shows off some of the beautiful artwork on old and new cigar boxes.
- Songs Inside The Box, the cigar box guitar documentary by Max Shores
Songs Inside The Box is a documentary film that takes viewers to the world's largest concert of cigar box guitar music and provides a unique glimpse into a popular hobby and growing movement of self expression participants call the cigar box guitar r