Where are the best sources to look for cigar boxes?  Just starting out and need to pickup a stash of boxes to work with.  What should I look for in a box?  I’ve made a few traditional acoustic guitar and ukuleles so I know about wood.  Are there certain types of cigsr boxes that are better suited for the task?  I would imagine that having a box with a thinner top would help with tone & resonance.  Any help is appreciated.



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It seems to be getting harder to find boxes in the tobacco shops anymore for me. I ordered a big box of 10 cbg's through amazon and they were excellent. Different sizes was shipped and probably 2 or 3 aren't big enough for a cbg guitar but can be used to store parts in. They were in great shape with very little wear and tear showing..I've used 2 so far and they were paper covered but wood underneath the paper.

Also I have been picking up wooden boxes from walmart and they work out very good. Those are 8x8x1- 3/4. I found them in the craft section. 

Hope this helps some for your venture into cbg building.

Thanks for the info!

I ordered 20 boxes from Cigar International. They have 2 options.10 boxes for $15 for your average paper covered box and 10 wooden boxes for $25. I ordered 10 of each they are pretty decent. I'll probably build 4 or 5 from each type and use the rest for other projects.

Thanks for the info!

What are you looking for I have several sources and would be more than happy to help. $3-4 ea + shp(dep on source)

Thanks!  Would love to pickup an assortment of 10 boxes.  For my first few builds I'm planning on doing "electrified" 3 strings.  I tend to like the look of the all wooden boxes instead of the paper covered wood boxes but a mix would be good.  Just  love the simple look of the wood.  Not sure what I need when it comes to size of boxes but really just kind of standard size (not too big & not too small)....LOL

Design I'm laying out is 25" scale if that helps.  I've built traditional acoustic guitars so I understand the process.  Just don't know what works best as far as a cigar box goes.  Any help and guidance would be a blessing!

Thanks again,


I'm out of town for the next 2-3 wks. But in the meantime I'll put you together a mix. Here is a picture of an elec that I built with a paper covered wood box. You can also strip the paper off. Although I've never done it myself. Send me a friend request and we'll go from there.

I kind of forgot the pictures

I do it a little different than most. Because the thinner wood is usually the bottom of the box, I use that for the top of the guitar. It preserves the artwork of the box and also produces more resonance and volume than using the thicker lid of the box. It also allows the box to be opened from the back and gives you some storage for things like a small bag of picks, a slide and even a small music book. I also stopped using hinges for the tailpiece and switched to a string-through design using rivets as string ferrules on the top and bottom of the neck. I primarily build acoustic cigar box guitars, but I've done electric and acoustic/electric, too. Here's a photo of the inside of one of my builds. I get my boxes from local cigar and smoke shops.


The local shops sell them?  Will have to check that out.  

I like the “built in” carry case........  

There is a cigar shop out on the 90 west of Seguin, and a couple in New Braunfels. They charge anywhere from $2 to about $5 a box. 

Ran by the one in Seguin yesterday and they were out........

Thanks for the heads up about the shops!



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