I’ve decided to start this off by using the most common saying heard when someone lays their eyes on one of my guitars for the first time (myself included): It s a cigar box guitar! & 13; & 13; Yes, and it’s played similar to a regular guitar and can do almost anything a regular guitar can do; it just takes some creativity and a little imagination, much like the building process. 179 pg guide covering the complete design and construction of a top end solid body electric cigar box guitar. Wood selection and storage, design considerations, hardware selection, neck carving, finishing, electronics, final assembly, and set up. Masters: Mike Snowden: Cigar Box Guitar Maker. After experimenting for a while with placement, Snowden created a template that has simplified construction.
A cigar box is a box container for cigar packaging. Traditionally cigar boxes have been made of wood, cardboard or paper. A little history: cigar box guitars have been built since the time of the American Civil War, but they first took off in popularity during the Great Depression of the 1930s. I found some while dumpster diving at a construction site. One of the defining characteristics of the cigar box guitar is that it has few, if any, defining characteristics beyond it use of a cigar box as a resonating chamber. The tools required vary based on the methods and materials of construction, but typically the project requires only a hand saw and a drill, though chisels, wrenches, clamps, and other tools may be used.
The American Cigar Box Guitar & History of the Delta Blues. Because the instrument is homemade, there is no standard for dimensions, string types or construction techniques. Many early cigar box guitars consisted only of one or two strings that were attached to the ends of a broomstick that was inserted into the cigar box. We provide quality parts, kits and gear for cigar box guitars, standard acoustic & electric guitars, other homemade instruments, cigar box amplifiers and more!. Complete Pure & Simple Cigar Box Guitar Kit – the Easiest CBG Kit to Build, Bar None!
Homemade guitars and the history of the cigar box guitar.