Posts Tagged ‘cigar box guitar’

Cigar Box Uke

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Here’s the latest cigar box creation. It’s a Ukulele I made for my sister in law Veronica:

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Cigar Box Guitar No.2

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

A local cigar shop hooked me up with a bunch of cool cigar boxes. I’m making a few more 4 string slide guitars to give to friends and maybe sell. Here’s the first of the new batch. Oak neck, mahogany fingerboard, cherry tailpiece, rosewood bridge and saddles.

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As you can see I used a colorful Partagas brand wood and tape box. I managed to get the intonation right on this one and it sounds a bit better then number 1. The tone is much better then I expected. Dark and twangy. This will sound mean with some distortion!

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The Strat style headstock has an image I cut from the inside of the box.

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Cigar Box Guitar No.1

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

The Electric Guitar Project got me really interested in making musical instruments. I hope to make a nice acoustic guitar from scratch someday, but I have a lot to learn about building necks and tuning for good tone etc.

To gain experience I decided to make a 4 string cigar box slide guitar. This is the kind of home made instrument delta blues musicians would play back in the 20’s and 30’s. I figured it would be a good starting place to learn about neck building because the stresses are less with only 4 strings and since it is a slide guitar my fretting doesn’t have to be perfect.

Lydia let me have an old cigar box she used to use to display rings. the top was useless since she had cut a window in it, so I routed it off and glued on a spruce soundboard I have lying around. The neck is made of red oak from a local hardware store and runs through the body. The nut and saddle are rosewood and the fingerboard is cherry.

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Here it is. It sounds pretty cool. kind of  twangy. Very bluesy.

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