Lots of fall chores so I changed my habits and work hobbies in the morning. Chores after lunch one of the things I needed to get was firewood. This is the first year that I have used aspen as a firewood. When it was delivered he started throwing the wood off of his truck and I heard a nice tone from the aspen. Not the thunk of fir or pipe but a nice ting as they hit each other. And began to wonder if it would make a sound board for a  stringed instrument. I cut a few pieces and made a stick dulcimer with a large body and it turned out real bassy. I made another but used only western red cedar neck and all. About than then I started to want to make a 6 string I had every intent to make it out of this nice padron box I have. But decided to try a cedar body with a aspen top. It turned out nice:

Views: 117

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Beautiful work!

I see that the six string is a lefty. Nice design and great execution. How's it sound?


It sounds great. I can only do the start of batman and some notes and chords if I look at a chord chart:)  2 volumes 2 tones one 3way switch. Harmonics are good the notes go slightly sharp if I press hard. Still not bad for a body made out of firewood.

All of them are lefties cause I'm that kind of guy. Build wise they are my 12 13 and 14 top to bottom. 

Excellent. All 3 look great. Top notch stuff from what I can see.

P S,

Good, but not top notch couple visible glue lines, some soft wood dents from not being careful in my handling of them and always rushing the build to see them done. I figure that will change as I learn about the woods and their draw backs and pros and cons. But I sure do enjoy makin' them.

Thanks for the compliments


If you ever figure out how to avoid that "Final Steps Rush" please pass it along. I think everyone on this site could use the cure.

Keep after it.........

 Big smile,

red pill blue pill

I'll let you know what color.


They should put in a two thumbs up button on here, those are some real clean builds! 

Thanks Brian

The eyes flow over them and don't stop. That's a good thing but I touch them and built them I know they are good but not clean. There are some pencil marks I didn't find until after the finish, some visible glue lines. But I am a builder not a seller so they are good enough for me.

Hi Myron, its all been said above and I agree, nice work well done.


Thanks Taff


The Essential Pages

New to Cigar Box Nation? How to Play Cigar Box GuitarsFree Plans & How to Build Cigar Box GuitarsCigar Box Guitar Building BasicsCigar Box Guitar Parts Store

Site Sponsor

Recommended Links & Resources


First build

Started by Lark Leazar in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Taffy Evans 4 hours ago. 35 Replies


Started by Mitchell Cutsinger in Performances, How to Play, Lessons, Concerts 5 hours ago. 0 Replies

Rocky Patel mocked up

Started by James Pobog in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Lane Martin 10 hours ago. 1 Reply

Headless Guitar Project - a $100 eBay kit & Gitty pickups

Started by Cigar Box Nation in Feature Articles. Last reply by Poorness Studios on Thursday. 5 Replies

Cigar Box Amp Mods

Started by Cigar Box Nation in Feature Articles. Last reply by RTZGUITARS Sep 17. 14 Replies

Blog Posts

Prototyping with a big ol' wine box

Posted by Ben on September 23, 2021 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

Mr. Bells

Posted by Stephen Cohen on September 4, 2021 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

Bookie's Poor Man's Dobro

Posted by Steve Bookout on July 18, 2021 at 2:04pm 5 Comments

Latest Activity

Martin Fisher liked Randy S. Bretz's video
1 hour ago
the anonymous pick commented on CLG's photo
3 hours ago
Uncle John commented on Steve Bookout's blog post Bookie's Poor Man's Dobro
"Steve, that is fantastic!"
4 hours ago
Taffy Evans replied to Lark Leazar's discussion First build
"Hi Lane, thanks for the comment. I've posted a "how to do it" on here. Taff"
4 hours ago
Taffy Evans posted a discussion

The hidden Volume pot, revealed

Hi, in Lark's recent post, First Build", Lane Martin commented on my reso guitar with a concealed…See More
4 hours ago
Doug Thorsvik commented on Poorness Studios's photo

Jewelry Box to Guitar Amp

"It would be a real treat to hangout and play a few songs together! Maybe the scheduling will be…"
5 hours ago
Doug Thorsvik commented on Cigar Box Blues's photo

Diamond Dave

"Dave’s inspiration lives on! Thanks for sharing John; the mantle is yours."
5 hours ago
Uncle John commented on CLG's photo

Little Guitars

"Those look great!"
5 hours ago
Uncle John commented on CLG's photo

Little Guitars

"Cool. Nice shape and lines."
5 hours ago
Doug Thorsvik commented on CLG's photo

Little Guitars

"Twins with different birthmarks! Simple and stylish CLG. I like them."
5 hours ago
Doug Thorsvik commented on Poorness Studios's photo

Jewelry Box to Guitar Amp

"The amp looks awesome Kale! I actually went to the STL fest in 2018 in 2018 too! I did enjoy myself…"
5 hours ago
Mitchell Cutsinger posted a discussion


Hello,I am very much the beginner. When I strum a chord one string always stands out. What am I…See More
5 hours ago


© 2021   Created by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

\uastyle>\ud/** Scrollup **/\ud.scrollup {\ud background: url("https://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/963882636?profile=original") no-repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;\ud bottom: 25px;\ud display: inline !important;\ud height: 40px;\ud opacity: 0.3 !important;\ud position: fixed;\ud right: 30px;\ud text-indent: -9999px;\ud width: 40px;\ud z-index: 999;\ud}\ud.scrollup:hover {\ud opacity:0.99!important;\ud}\ud \uascript type="text/javascript">\ud x$(document).ready(function(){\ud x$(window).scroll(function(){\ud if (x$(this).scrollTop() > 100) {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeIn();\ud } else {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeOut();\ud }\ud });\ud x$('.scrollup').click(function(){\ud x$("html, body").animate({ scrollTop: 0 }, 600);\ud return false;\ud });\ud });\ud \ua!-- End Scroll Up -->