Cigarbox guitar

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Project by makeBrooklyn posted 01-10-2017 05:05 PM 1473 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently finished this cigar box guitar for my son. The box I got from a local cigar shop, the neck is made of oak with a bit of maple on the headstock. and was mostly shaped with a spokeshave. The fretboard is maple and the fret markers are oak inlay. The tuners are from an old Fender squire, the frets are from Stewart Macdonald. The pickup I got from cbgitty ( i made the surround from some poplar) and the chicken head knobs I found on ebay.

I put together a video of the build process (mostly stills) but if you want to hear it play you can skip ahead to about 3:10

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-- makeBrooklyn - Jim, Brooklyn, NY #handtools

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#1 posted 01-10-2017 06:47 PM

Fantastic love the sound, delta blues so rich! Nice work on guitar and video!

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Jim Sellers

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#2 posted 01-10-2017 11:32 PM

Great project, great video and great sound. Much respect to makers and players of their own instruments.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#3 posted 01-11-2017 12:04 AM

Nice job and great looking instrument. I like the bluesy sounds it makes in the video.


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#4 posted 01-11-2017 11:37 AM

That is amazing. Always wanted to build one of these.

-- Jimmy "Handi" Warner,,, Twitter: @Handisworkshop, @HandisCreations

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#5 posted 01-11-2017 04:23 PM

Great build, thanks for sharing.
Where you able to purchase metal for the fret bars or harvest off an older guitar?

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Scott Oldre

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#6 posted 01-11-2017 11:40 PM

Sounds great, and the finished project looks as good as it sounds.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#7 posted 01-12-2017 02:59 PM

thanks blackcherry, Jim Sellers (Related to Paul?), LumberingWoodworker, Handi75 (Just do it!), Scott Oldre and DMC1903 – I bought the fretwire from – (med./med.)

-- makeBrooklyn - Jim, Brooklyn, NY #handtools

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#8 posted 01-13-2017 12:02 AM

nice work!

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#9 posted 01-13-2017 09:59 PM

Thank you for the reply and suggestions of where to purchase guitar hardware. Building a cigar box geetar is on the list of my winter projects.

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Eli Adamit

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#10 posted 01-17-2017 01:45 PM

Real Cigarbox guitar. I like it.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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