R for revolution....
Hey, all you out there,
I'm new here and thought I share with you my view on the cigar box guitar and show you my latest build along the way. I have seen the cigar box guitar in tv and fell in love with it. I loved the history that this instrument folds within him and most important - its sound.
I immediately wanted to build one for my self but because of my poor playing skills, I knew I had no chance of learning the plat 3 or 4 string instruments. So, to make it happen, I knew it had to be a little different. I need it to be standard tuning 6 string guitar, so the neck would be like an electric guitar. Second, I don't really have access to a real cigar box plus, I wanted to make my version of the box, to show some skills.
So I decided to build my own Sapele wooden box with edge miter joint and reinforce with feather-spline. To close the box, I used figured maple. the neck was constructed from 5 pieces lamination of Maple and Saple wood, scraf-joint for the neck angle and butt-joint for the heel. the fingerboard was made from Paduk, which is a beautiful red colored wood, the headstock vennerwas also from Paduk. I used open-gear tunning machine-heads, black screen-cover in the sound-box, flat bridge and one mini Humbucker. Soon I will be starting a new build, this time I will make some build-along post here to share with you guys and galls.
Nice job, very professional looking.
Thank you for defying the forces of change and standing up for 6-strings.
A good alternative to traditional 6 string tuning is to tune the 3 low string or 2 low strings for a low E or low D tuning to simulate Bass lines and use the 3 or 4 high strings for other tunings for CBG style playing.
Don't let 6 strings intimidate you, just view it as 2 guitars in one on one neck.