R for revolution....
Hey, all you out there,
I 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.
Viva La Revolution. I like it, I do something similar with Cookie Tins and Bolt on 6 String necks, very nice work.
Great job building this one and I'm sure the Maple, Paduk and Saple makes it sound great too.
Welcome to CBN!
That's a very ambitious build. I see from your page that this is build #6. Very nice.
I'd like to try a 6 string someday, but I've sort of been cautioned away from them due to the need for truss rods to strengthen the neck against the added stress of the additional strings, not to mention the inherent weaknesses in most real cigar boxes (unless you beef up the insides of them). Your custom box looks like it has the strength needed in that department.
Kudos to you!
P.S. - The 3 and 4 stringers are really fun and easy to learn how to play. Check out Justin Johnson or Shane Speal on YouTube. They both have super instructional videos, as well as a lot of other folks, too. Also, real cigar boxes are available cheap at brick & mortar cigar shops. There are also a number of sources online for them, although you'll pay a lot more for them online. My favorite way to get them, although pricey, is to buy them with the cigars in them. That way I get to smoke 'em and then build with the box. That reminds me, it's time to fire up a La Aroma De Cuba right now!
Thank you for your kind words.
I actually build electric guitars.
this cigar box electric has been a long time awaiting.
in fact, I'm getting ready to build the second CGBR and I will post a build along to share and show my build.
Hi, that's a nice clean looking build. Sounds like your ideas were the same as mine when I started building CBG's some years ago I like to build and play 6 stringers. Well done.