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Cigar Box Guitars

Cigar Box Guitars are part of Americana. Please add your pics and videos and feel free to start a discussion with any help you can offer folks just getting started in this addictive hobby. Any questions? Just ask!

There's also lots and lots of videos on YouTube with performances and building tips. Search for Cigar Box Guitars and you'll be amazed at the diversity of music and instruments.

**WARNING: Building and playing CBGs can become an all consuming obsession!

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Discussion Forum

pickup location

Started by Harleytodd. Last reply by Tom Temple May 31. 7 Replies

I am building my 3rd cbg, the first with a single coil pickup.  I see from others pictures a range of location, from closer to the neck to closer to the bridge and in between.  Using a padron average…Continue

Tags: location, pickup

Three Stringer, right angled bridge or not?

Started by Peter Hendley. Last reply by Peter Hendley Apr 20, 2014. 2 Replies

Hullo there fellas, um I am in the process of making a 3 stringed  guitar based upon an old nail box. hopefully I can attach some pics. While I have marked out where the frets would go (based upon a…Continue

Parade Magazine: How to Make a Guitar Out of a Cigar Box

Started by Ted Crocker May 1, 2013. 0 Replies

from Parade MagazineFamily Fun: How to Make a Guitar Out of a…Continue

Tags: box, guitar, cigar, a, magazine

Ah got me a "NEW" book on making the CBG for y'all.

Started by Mordacai Bondurant. Last reply by Harleytodd Apr 30, 2013. 2 Replies

Howdy y'all,I just finished up writing a brand spanking "NEW" book on making the CBG.Rather than steal my own 'thunder', I think best y'all just wonder over to my web site and take a peek for…Continue

Comment Wall

Comment by bairfoot cajun on November 21, 2009 at 3:47pm
cigar box guitars are very interesting creatures.

be they vintage or modern there is no question that they are interesting.
Comment by bairfoot cajun on November 26, 2009 at 6:36pm
when ya load photos hogs grunt on yer edit photos column there should be a rotate button you can click on to put them any way you want them brother.
Comment by bairfoot cajun on December 13, 2009 at 10:07pm
started a new cbg this weekend

6-string martin neck acoustic cbg
Comment by John on March 3, 2010 at 4:10pm
Hello folks,

I was wondering if any of you know where I can get some rings for my soundholes. Just started building and I don't know what you all are using. Thanks for any help.

Comment by Jon Pruett on March 3, 2010 at 4:26pm
I've been using decorative grommets from the craft store in the fabric section.
Comment by John on March 3, 2010 at 10:34pm
Thanks guys,

I will give those places a look. This will help me out a lot.
Comment by Ted Crocker on March 28, 2010 at 8:20am
This group needs a boot in the ass to get some activity happening. Lets get some action going - post your pics, start a discussion with tips, ask questions and help make this a great resource for new and experienced builders.
Comment by rodney fruits on June 14, 2010 at 1:32am
Thought i would post some pics here.

Comment by rodney fruits on July 11, 2010 at 11:04pm
First piezo bridge build.

Comment by MZ-HANDYMAN on July 17, 2010 at 9:26pm
What inspired me to get into CBG's is seeing a CBG at the Flea Market about a month ago. It was a strange shape kind of like a triangle body with the tips cut off and it had a pickup tone and volume control on it. on the back it said "Wrongbox guitars September 09' " The guy wanted $20 but I didn't bite... So I bought a pair of $55 scuba boots from him for $5. Left the flea market went and did a Handyman Job, Got home and researched CBG's... I was Blown away!
I jumped in my truck but it was 2pm and when I got back to the Flea Market everyone was gone! Still kicking myself in the butt for not buying it up until today. (THIS PART HAS A GOOD ENDING THOUGH... More on that later *)

I Came home and got on a few websites and saw the KNOT LENNY Vid on how to tune a guitar "SAY YOU SEE" and I'm a pretty good Carpenter with lots of tools. Next day I set up my saws and a table and from concept to completion a little under 3 hors had passed and I was bit! This is my CBG#01

Today we were having a Yard Sale and I had a couple of my CBG's displayed and when someone looked at them, I went into my "Lookit what I did mode" After doing this a few times Wifey was bored with it but this one guy just happens to mention that he bought one...get this...A Month ago.
I said to him Yeah it has a triangle body with a pick up tone and volume....He asked...Did I buy it from you? I said No but thats the one that inspired to me to make these and I picked my #05 up and handed it to him...This SOB could really play well! He's a picker! and had a month to practice on a CBG.

So, the moral of this story is: Just because you missed an opportunity once doesn't mean it was a bad thing. Look at all the new friends I have now and now I'm friends with the guy who owns the one that got away.

Who knows... If I'd bought that first one I may have never built one. or 6 and more to come.


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