1st Cigar Box Guitar #1: Getting ready

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Blog entry by Chris McDowell posted 10-14-2012 12:50 AM 1591 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I recently stumbled upon something that I had heard about before, but never gave any thought to until I actually saw one – cigar box guitars. I’m a musician and I always wondered how I could ever combine woodworking with my 1st passion as a musician. I’ve looked into being a luthier, but after watching some videos decided that I would need a little more skill as a woodworker first and a few more tools. After seeing some information about cigar box guitars I decided that they were definitely do-able for me at this point. Plus, I think they look stinking cool. They don’t sound bad either.

So anyway, I need some cigar boxes first, right? I looked up some cigar shops and found one pretty close to where I live. I tried to call a couple of times, but got no answer. I decided to just drive over there and was in luck. He sells his empty boxes for only $2 each. Sweet! There was a stack of them by the front door, so I picked out these:

I started this blog series because I thought it would be a good reminder for me to see how I started. I’m so excited about building these that I think it may be something that I continue to do, improving with each one.

Wish me luck.

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#1 posted 10-14-2012 02:54 AM

Hey Chris:

A couple of things to look for when obtaining cigar boxes. Some are made from MDF, not so good for the sound. We also look for box joints on the corners. These little guys are under quite a bit of stress and need the added stability. We do ukuleles, check it out. That is my son, he is the musician.

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#2 posted 10-14-2012 12:17 PM

Thanks for the tip! The black one is actually pretty thick wood with a metal hinge on the lid, but the other is a lot thinner. There was one there that had finger joints for all the corners, but it was smaller.

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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