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Electric Spoon

Electric Slide 3 String Guitar made from Wooden Spoon, Dental Floss

3 string electric/acoustic resonator slide guitar spoon.  Beechwood body was a serving spoon  designed and manufactured by Kikkerland.  Handwash only.  String scale is 7 ¾ inches nut to saddle.

Resonator is repurposed from discarded paper towel dispenser.  Spring mounted inside resonator to create reverb through direct transduction is from a discarded ballpoint pen. 

Strings are hand wound J&J…


Added by Primitive Acoustics on May 20, 2014 at 10:45pm — 3 Comments

Gourd Planting Season Is Upon Us

O.k. gang for those of you who don't know I'm somewhat of a gardener. Well, gourd planting season is almost here. I thought maybe if anyone is interested in getting a few or even one I could plant a few more this year. So If you think you maybe or are interested in getting a gourd to build some sort of noise maker let me know. Just send me a message and I'll make sure you get one. Have a great morning world. :)…


Added by EarthLvr on May 13, 2014 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

An Introduction

I realize I haven't really posted anything here so, here it goes. I am new to the whole cbg thing. I just got my first cbg and am enjoying the heck out of it. I learned a few tricks in the past 10 or so days and am now working on some songs. Right now I'm learning some Etta James. Converting it from an old bluesy feel to a new acoustic blues thing.

I joined this site because a friend told me about it. Let's see... I'm not sure what to write but I'm open to questions :)

Added by EarthLvr on May 11, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

**OUT NOW** Soulcatcher & His DooFa Diddley Band`s New Single


Soulcatcher & His DooFa Diddley Band`s New Single

Lid with No Box....... Available to Download Now on iTunes/Google play

Plus many more Digital Stores.....


Please show…


Added by Soulcatcher & his DooFa Diddley on May 5, 2014 at 7:04am — No Comments

Florida shop 3 - before

A scene from the Hobbit?

Or the front yard of the new Club Ted & Crocker Guitars shop in Stuart, Florida?…


Added by Ted Crocker on April 13, 2014 at 10:00pm — 13 Comments

Cardboard instruments

I was really surprised to find this book.http://www.amazon.com/gp/search?index=books&linkCode=qs&keywords=9781895569629

It is a book on making cool instruments form cardboard that can be played as well.

I was looking for a domra construction drawing, but found this :-)

Added by deedee on March 8, 2014 at 5:37am — No Comments

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

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