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New buildings at the school are finished.

Hi all, It's been a long time coming but the new buildings are finished at the school and I can start the Cigar box guitar classes once again. I start this weekend and will continue from now on. I had to change the classes for the last few years to things like jewelry making do to not having a place to do the shop classes but that has come to an end. I'll post pictures as I can.

Larry McPheeters

California Conservation Corps.

South Lake Tahoe Ca.

Added by Larry McPheeters on March 4, 2014 at 11:29am — No Comments

cigarbox heaven

cigarbox  guitar heaven is very peacefull place,only 3 members on line,



Added by john keith bean on February 4, 2014 at 11:05am — No Comments

CBG #3

This build is nearing completion. Waiting on the glue to dry so I can string it up.

Added by Rick on January 28, 2014 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Cigar Boxes

I'm stocked up on boxes, these should keep me busy for a while...

Added by Rick on January 27, 2014 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Homemade Wood Guitar Stand

I was shopping at the local Guitar store today and thought about buying a new guitar stand.

then I thought "hey, I can make one".

so I went into my garage and sorted thru the wood pile and came up with this.


2 pieces of 1x2. cut to 12 inches for the feet…


Added by Rick "rocket" Moore on January 18, 2014 at 3:13am — 2 Comments

My first 2 weeks of pickup building

I decided before Christmas I wanted to have a go at making my own magnetic pickups, and put it on my to-do list for the new year. I studied this guide http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-A-Guitar-Pickup/ extensively and ended up taking inspiration from a few other sources to come up with a design, here is the process:…


Added by Richey Kay on January 13, 2014 at 1:00am — 4 Comments

My first amp build

I had ordered a selection of 5 cigar boxes on line. Three of them will make guitars, one was given to the wife and the last one became my first CBG amp.

I had ordered an amp kit based on the LM386 OP amp. Some assembly required..... just a bare bones kit.…


Added by Rick on December 28, 2013 at 4:49pm — 3 Comments

Bass dulcis

I have been up to my eyeballs in all kinds of stuff, so have been way out of the loop here.

My latest are some bass dulcimers, solid body, polyurethane strings and piezo pickups. Here's a little page I put up on them.


It's not exactly cigar box, but it is in the spirit. This is made from one piece of wood. Even the cover to the pickup compartment is from above the peghead.…


Added by David Beede on December 12, 2013 at 5:36pm — 2 Comments

Quality Street tin sound

Here are some notes played on Quality Street tin.



Added by bruce white on December 2, 2013 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Tin bottom beating to resonator shape

The following is a picture of a tin beaten as described.

Added by bruce white on November 29, 2013 at 11:26pm — 3 Comments




Select a tin less than 10cms deep and at least 20cms wide. It is hard to move a hammer inside deep tins.…


Added by bruce white on November 29, 2013 at 5:10am — 5 Comments

Tips On Building A Better Cigar Box Violin

For those new to cb fiddle building, permit me to share some hard-earned tips to get you started right.

1.   Getting Started:   If you want to build a full-size (4/4) violin, it is critical that you get the correct measurements for the string length from the nut to the bridge, and the height of the bridge must be the same as a real violin. Bear in mind that a violin has an arch top, which raises the bridge height. Your cigar box will have a flat top, so to compensate, you must angle…


Added by Tim LaFave on November 19, 2013 at 8:50am — 1 Comment

Visiting Texas

Hi John

Thanks for making contact. Not sure when I will next be in USA but rest assured I will be in touch when I do. Good luck with your CBG building


Added by Phil Thomas on November 11, 2013 at 3:33am — No Comments

Chicago CBG Fest

To my local Clubhouse friends...As you mayknow Wunkywerks Guitars will be at its first event EVER this Saturday. This is an all day, family friendly, multi-genre INDOOR music festival. (WHEW!) There is a $10 cover for adults. I would love to see you there but I don't expect any of you to shell out $10 just to come say "Hi!" to…

Added by Bill Turner on November 7, 2013 at 8:38am — No Comments

Greetings from Wales

I am Phil Thomas from Penarth, near Cardiff in South Wales, UK. Approaching 60 years of age of which 45 have been as a musician, singer and storyteller performing all over the world. Now in semi retirement I work part time on a variety of arts and music projects. By academic persuasion I am an ethnomusicologist. In the summer of 2012 I spent six weeks in the USA on a research fellowship where I met a CBG busker in New Orleans. From then on I was pretty much ruined. When I got back to Wales I… Continue

Added by Phil Thomas on October 20, 2013 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

Dirtbox Amps

Some pics of my Dirtbox Amps! Buy secondhand guitar amps and rehouse the guts in a new home!! In this case a 50's picnic box and a Bacardi cooler box. Different boxes create different sounds but great for jamming at home. Its possible to remove the entire electrics without dismantle but get them checked before use. Happy hunting.
Jeff Dirtbox guitars

Added by Jeff Sacree on August 27, 2013 at 10:57am — No Comments

Utah Plate Build Pictorial

This is an interesting licence plate i've had for a while and finally managed to make something with it.

Started off with some 2x2 bubinga and english yew which i cut into strips for making the box. Also have some sonokeling cut for a fretboard.…


Added by c# merle on July 30, 2013 at 5:25am — 4 Comments

jj cales old Harmony guitar


Added by jeff weins on July 29, 2013 at 4:50pm — 5 Comments

Teardrop Electric part 2

Making an Electric Ukulele part 2

The neck on this example was made of a single piece of maple with a walnut strip inlaid, No truss rod is needed on a neck this short, I would add a strip of carbon rod on the…

Added by Michael J King on July 13, 2013 at 7:14am — No Comments

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