Building A Cigar Box Mandolin Making A Cigar Box Mandolin (DIY Project Download)

Advanced Cigar Box Guitar Building guide by Joshua Gayou. Josh Gayou of Smokehouse Guitars created this 179-page guide back in 2010, and decided to give it away for free to the cigar box guitar community. Anyone considering making a cigar box uke should check out his guide here.  A cigar box can become virtually any stringed instrument – guitars, fiddles, mandolins, banjos. (im 16, and can’t buy cigars, but don’t want to wait to make one of these). How to Build a Cigar Box Guitar. By Jim Snow updated Sep 2010. This article is intended as a reference for anyone who wishes to build a guitar, but does not want to spend a great deal of time or money on the project.

building a cigar box mandolin making a cigar box mandolin 2I am going to build two guitars for you. One will be the classic CBG (cigar box guitar); with the other one, we will show you some of the possible upgrades. (click to enlarge), Cigar box instruments have been around since the Civil War. It seems like a crazy way to make music a cast-off cigar box, a stick of wood, and a few strings that barely look capable of making a twang.

Back in MAKE Volume 04 (2005), we ran a project for making an electric cigar box guitar. In the newest issue of MAKE, Volume 21, our editor in chief Mark F. It simply wasn’t enough to call them a cigar box ‘banjo’ or ‘guitar’ since these names limit the possibilities. Due to their size, they make great instruments for kids and beginners. Here at we showcase the various parts and supplies you can use to help build and decorate your Cigar Box Guitar, as well as discussing some of the creative ways that these parts can be used.

Cigar Box: How To Build A Cigar Box Guitar For Around Part 2

Like the banjo, the cigar box guitar’s origins can be traced to the African banjar, a stringed instrument with a gourd body. 1930’s Parlour-style 3-string Cigar Box Guitar Tailpiece 7. These make great low-cost tailpieces for CBGs, without requiring any potentially dangerous metal. So, shortly thereafter I asked Sean to make me a ukulele.

Make Volume 21: Traditional Cigar Box Guitar Builds