DIY Instrument Contest: What Came Out of Santa's Workshop! $1000 in Prizes


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GRAND PRIZE:  $500 C. B. Gitty gift certificate!!!  Enough to stock your guitar shop...  Get the tools you need...  Go nuts!

FIVE RUNNERS UP:  $100 C. B. Gitty gift certificate each!!!

Winners chosen at random.  All skill levels encouraged to enter!  

We want to see photos of the instruments you made during the Holiday Season 2018...especially the stuff you made for others!  Let's have some fun with this and post photos all over the internet featuring cigar box guitars, homemade instruments and all the DIY music creativity that comes with them.

This serves as Cigar Box Nation's official submission page.  You can also enter this contest on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and at C. B. Gitty's customer gallery. See the official contest rules for details.  

Let's see what came out of Santa's workshop this year!  Post pics below with details on the build, who received it, etc.  

Contest runs Dec. 21-31, 2018.  Winner announced Jan. 4, 2018.

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Thanks very much Paul.


Solid maple body and neck with walnut accents. Original pyrography. Handwound pickup with volume pot. 24" scale. Tuned GDG.  

This is the 4 stringer I made for my son using a Jack Daniels tin and some black hearted sassafras for the neck.



Great job Greg! I have that exact tin and also intend to build a 4 string from it using that same mag pup.  It's a ways down the build list at the moment, but love the looks of yours.

Thank You,

I also made a small amp to clip on belt out of a much smaller copy of this tin using the CB Gitty 9 volt amp kit.  Can't find my pic of amp and guitar together.



Pantagruel's Dream. Electric ukulele, concert scale. Original Flatpup Humbucker. Used materials: maple, mahogany,linden, birch. silver, copper, tin, brass.

Original artwork from the book: François Desprez, The Drolatic Dreams of Pantagruel, 1565

Fantastic work.

Woodburnt box, ash neck, black painted tuners, fingerboard with finishing nails, golden bridge, Singlecoil, soundholecovers made from jewelery, and so on

Brother in-law opening his new CBG

After building myself a pretty simple non fretted slide three string CBG this summer. I got it in my head that I was going to build one for my brother in-law for Christmas. After a few restarts and trying to fret guitar for the first time. I finished it two days before  Christmas. I ended up with a pretty nice Christmas present for the bother in-law under the tree.

This being my second build ever I am dang proud of it.

This Lap Steel guitar is the 46th instrument to come out of our workshop at Slow Lane Music. The body is solid oak stained with aniline dye and then finished with tung oil. It uses a dual-rail hum bucker and volume control knob mounted to a neck plate. It's strung with a set of CBGitty's c7 strings and the frets are drawn on with permanent marker. It's sustain for days and more twang than we know what to do with.

A 3 string lap slide guitar I made for my wife, Debby. She's a big fan of foxes, if that isn't obvious by the theme.The top and back are 1/4" oak veneered plywood. The body is a combination of 1/2" oak and 1/2" plywood. It is a 24" scale that uses a 3 pole single coil pickup. The body is fairly hollow so that it can also be played acoustically. The pearl button fret markers are at the 3,5,7,10,12 and 18th frets. The eyes are a combination of stacked brass and pearl-look buttons. The whole build was distressed and then finished off with a brown antiquing wax

I used this Montesino box with the nice Christmas colors for this 4 string for the holiday season.


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