EASY TO BUILD CIGAR BOX GUITAR: AN UNCLE CROW STYLE CBG IN ONE HOUR!!

Today we're going to have a step-by-step cigar box guitar building class!  The total time to build is about one hour, not including the introduction video, or video 8, where we're just playing the guitar.



Build a three string, slide cigar box guitar with the following items:

Materials

  • wooden cigar box - $3
  • 1x2  - $1
  • three eye bolts, 3/16" x 3" , 24 thread - $1.50
  • six #8 washers - $.98
  • three wing nuts, 3/16", 24 thread - $.98
  • three 6/32 machine screws with matching nuts - $.98
  • machine bolt, 1/4" x 2" long - $.98
  • guitar strings, one pack - $5
  • three wood screws - 1 1/2" long - $.98


These items are really much cheaper than i list here. most of them are bought in bulk, so for just a little more money you could build a LOT of guitars. The prices listed above are the average hardware store price, if you were to buy the item in small numbers in individual bags from the pegs in the fasteners section.

Tools

  • drill
  • 1/2" paddle bit for three sound holes (you could use 1/4 bit with six holes)
  • regular smaller drill bits
  • phillips bit
  • hand saw (box saw is best)
  • sand paper


Additional items

  • guitar picks can be bought at most box stores
  • slides can be bought at home depot. go to the cabinet section, and ask for a 2" long 3/4" steel spacer. they cost $1.50, and are the best slides i've ever used!!

 

WORKSPACE, SUPPLIES AND TOOLS

 


NECK

NECK, EYE BOLT TUNER INSTALLATION AND BODY BLOCK


MOUNTING THE NECK AND SOUND HOLES


FRET CALCULATION AND FRET MARKERS

Fret Markings:  THANKS TO DAZEDLEMONPIE, the following fret measurements have been transcribed for us, and i've copied and pasted them here.

"i just written down all the fret measurement from part 5 of the video, I thought I would share it with those interested in building one.

The following are based on scale length of 59cm

59cm multiply .9439 (or any other scale length) equals your first fret location.  It should be marked as follows: 

  1. 55.6cm   
  2. 52.5cm   
  3. 49.6cm   0
  4. 46.8cm  
  5. 44.2cm  0
  6. 41.7cm  
  7. 39.3cm   0
  8. 37.1cm  
  9. 35cm     
  10. 33.1cm 0 (G chord)
  11. 31.2cm
  12. 29.5cm 00
  13. 27.8cm
  14. 26.2cm
  15. 24.8cm
  16. 23.4cm
  17. 22.1cm
  18. 20.8cm
  19. 19.6cm"

STRINGING IT UP, STRINGS AND EYE BOLT TUNERS


TUNE IT UP AN PLAY!


PLAYING THE CIGAR BOX GUITAR : COLLECTIVE SOUL - "SHINE"

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hey guys, someone requested that i set these videos in order, in a blog entry, to make it easier for them to be viewed.

hope you have as much fun watching them as it was to make them!!
Nice simple build man. Those pants are pretty awesome too, lol. Thanks for putting this all together.
Excellent!!! I posted a link on my FB page.
I think im going to build 2 more of these tomorrow. The one i build for that kid played nice.
@ rev nix
you've started building your own? let's see them!!

http://www.cigarboxnation.com/photo/albums/old-crow-cigar-box I love this style. I find I play it more than my other CBG's. Great post Crow.

Awesome videos crow! I like the simplicity and the results.

When you mentioned handmademusic.com, were you refering to handmademusic.noisepages.com?
no, i meant the handmademusicclubhouse.com site, the other NING site hosted by ted crocker. i joined there recently, so i'm trying to address them too.

Dave Onastik said:
Awesome videos crow! I like the simplicity and the results.

When you mentioned handmademusic.com, were you refering to handmademusic.noisepages.com?
http://www.cigarboxnation.com/photo/crow-copy-1?context=user

Crow said:
@ rev nix
you've started building your own? let's see them!!
Got 2 more necks cut might slap them on tonight after the show.
I had thought that the neck thru the box with some space made a better sounding guitar.... until, I was in a music shop and he had 2 dulcimers, one with the neck under the soundboard and one with it on top, like your cbg's. I was impressed with the sound and both were loud and clean as they should be, learn something new all the time. Nice fun quick builds
Okay, i m such the typical guy...didnt pay attention to uncle crow's stringing instructions..almost gerrotted myself, but my babygirls cbg got her a good science mark for homemade instruments...thx for postin these crow...my next one will be better...lol

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