You know the cigar box guitar? Or at least, of the cigar box guitar? You might think it's pretty much a thing of the past, born of hard times when someone who couldn't afford to buy a real guitar would build one out of a cigar box.
Not, presumably, an instrument that would become key to a band today, let alone being lovingly custom built by a luthier.
Well, everything old truly is new again, and new with benefits. The cigar box revival is going strong, and Paul Pigat is one of the Canadian leaders in the field.
His cigar box guitar was made by a Montreal based guitar company called Daddy Mojo, and on it he plays rockabilly, blues and roots music, all of that with a "jazz man's sheen, a rockabilly heart and a hobo's soul," as he says.
By the way, if you are curious about the "Cigar Box Guitar Revival," the movie to see is Songs Inside The Box. It provides "a unique glimpse into a popular hobby and growing movement of self expression participants call the cigar box guitar revolution."
So, not just a revival, a revolution! If you want to join, but aren't ready to go the customized route you can of course still make your own, by following these instructions.
Come back when you've got your cigar box guitar all set up and looking good, and we'll post a picture of it. Meanwhile, you can hear Paul Pigat with his custom made beauty, right here.
These are top notch guitars. So much character!
There has been a long discussion(s) on whether you need a truss rod on a six string or not. It does'nt look like a truss rod is being used here.
Check out this video with a Daddy Mojo CBG in Playboy Magazine.