I picked up a couple nice cigar boxes one of which is basically an upside down pyramid(only tapered on 2 sides) my concern is the thickness of the lids, they are every bit of 1/4" of hard wood. One is going on display in a cigar store so flipping it over isn't an option because of the lid(Henry Clay War Hawk). Will the thick lid resonate or should I go thicker strings or lighter ones (open G tuning) any suggestions?

25.5" scale

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2 reason to consider lid on the back.

1. you can open it and work on electronics and stash stuff in it people like to open the back.

2. the bottom of the box is sealed to the side and is a much better sound board , lid on back just sound better.

if you use a piece of wood 3/16 with bracing is the norm. 

I agree with you, but the problem is the owner of the cigar shop chose this particular box to be a display/player piece as well as getting my CBGs out there. They also have 2 or 3 other shops that I may be building for.

Maybe you need to discuss the issues with the build with the owner of the cigar shop.  If he has no familiarity with guitar building, he may think what he is asking for is simple.  You may both be happier with using a different box.  If you're stressed out, it's more difficult to do a good job.

You know what Rick, you are so right. I was so caught up with trying my best to make this work that I wasn't seeing the simplest solution. I've always tried to live by KISS. Just not this time.

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