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here is my first cigar box guitar, or CBG as they are commonly called. it uses a cool drew estates undercrown box, maple neck with 4d finishing nails for frets. some cheap ping tuners and it has a piezo rod pickup under the bridge to make it electric.

it sounds pretty good and i have learned quite a bit by building it, the biggest thing is next time im using real fret wire instead of nails. the nails came out ok but they were a lot of work!

i have already started my second guitar and have plans for many more, these things are adictive!

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Cool guitar
 

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I love these things!
 

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Looks good Mike. I'm surprised at the thickness of the box joints. Any cigar boxes that I've seen are only about half that thick, and I'm sure that they wouldn't be worth the effort of a project like this.
Waiting to see the next version.
 

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yeah its a pretty stout box, the top is nearly 1/2" thick. my next one im working on is a paper covered box, its sides and top are only about 1/8" thick. should provide quite a bit different sound
 

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Nice job, does the neck run all the way through?
 

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Nice job Mike !
You did a great job on this !
These are super fun to build and play.
I built one last year, no frets, meant for finger slide.



Bolts, half a hinge, strainers. Get most of the stuff at the local flea market.
ROCK ON !

Lisa
 

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Looks great Mike. Nice box, I can't believe how thick that top is. Good job on the frets, I can imagine how much work they were.

Just a reminder to anyone interested in building a cigar box guitar, you can find lots of info, lessons, photos, videos, groups, forums and even live chat at the Handmade Music Clubhouse. There's also info on all types of homemade instruments and music.
 
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