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Daddy Mojo Cigar Box Guitars: Recycled Vintage Bodies, Unique Bluesy Sound


Tired of the same old Fenders and Les Pauls for satiating your musical hunger? Try working your fretboard-fidgetry on this: Daddy Mojo's awesome Cigar Box Guitars.

Six-stringers sporting reverberators made out of recycled cases isn't anything new. Heck, soldiers have been making it as a low-cost DIY instrument since the American Civil War. Since small cigar boxes showed up on the scene in the mid-1800s, they've been the homemade guitar bodies of choice for cash-strapped musicians who couldn't fork up the expense for a polished, factory-built instrument.


Daddy Mojo produces handcrafted acoustic guitars, all of which are made directly from their workshop in Montreal, Canada. Each instrument is smaller and lighter than regular axes, with the ability to play that unique warm tone that makes them a favorite among blues aficionados.


They currently have seven models on their roster (Standard, Dolarosa, Cyclops, 6-String, 5-String, Stove Pipe and F-Hole), all of which are equipped with a piezo pick-up for amplification. You can also ask for specific builds using any of 16 vintage cedar and mahogany cigar boxes they have on stock, along with a choice of materials for the necks and fingerboards (yep, you wont have to settle for a broomstick like the old-school guys did). According to Daddy Mojo, each of the instruments bring their own sound to the table, apart from looking terrific with their unusual designs.

Price for each Daddy Mojo Cigar Box Guitar ranges between $265 to $735, which are pretty amazing for the kinds of materials they use. All of the pre-built models are available online directly from their website.

Check out the video below to see one of their instruments in action.


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From CBC/Radio2

 

The Cigar Box Guitar Revolution

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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.

 

 

Wade

Check out this video with a Daddy Mojo CBG in Playboy Magazine.

A tease

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