Welcome to Cigar Box Nation! A letter from C. B. Gitty...

If this is your first time visiting Cigar Box Nation, you may be a little overwhelmed by the great amount of information in here.  Let me give you the nickel tour...

Building a Cigar Box Guitar

We have a variety of cigar box instrument plans that are free for you to download.  Some are new and others are more than 100 years old.  If you're new to woodworking or are looking to start with something simple, I suggest the following:

How to Build a 3-String Cigar Box Guitar  -  This new 8-page set of plans walks you through building a simple but fully playable 3-string cigar box guitar from scratch. These present well-illustrated, up-to-date how-to info in an easy to understand method that will enable young and old to build their first cigar box guitar with minimal effort.

If you want something more challenging, then dive head-first into our vast selection of instrument plans!

You will probably have some questions along the way.  That's what makes Cigar Box Nation so great!  We have forums, discussions and even a live chat room on the front page just waiting for your questions. 

How to Play a Cigar Box Guitar

We have lessons in Video, TAB and other formats for every level of player.  You can see them all here.

Where do I get the parts needed to make a cigar box guitar?

Cigar Box Nation is run by C. B. Gitty, the cigar box guitar superstore.  We have kits, parts and great building ideas just waiting for you.  Visit us at www.CBGitty.com.

Join the Community!

Now that you have the basics, I encourage you to create your own Cigar Box Nation profile and really dig in to all the conversations and photos. 

Thank you for visiting Cigar Box Nation. 

Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker 

(visit my own Cigar Box Nation profile here!)

P. S.  If you want to know more about this whole Cigar Box Guitar movement, check out the Cigar Box Guitar Manifesto.

 

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Comment by Maggie Freestone on December 18, 2019 at 8:55am

Hello from a newbie. I currently own 2 cogs from Chickenbone John and as a beginner I am finding them good fun. I have banjo and guitar but broke both my wrists and find the reach too hard now. I broke my bottle neck slide and want to make a new one. Grateful for tips as tried a glass utter but did not cut. It is difficult to buy one as I live on a small island with no postal service and just one music shop which did not have one

Comment by Lee Greer on July 15, 2019 at 9:15am

I am trying to get in touch with Doug Christensen who posted a lot on a blog here in 2014 about tube amp plans he had worked up. I wanted to ask him about buying one of the tube amp kits he had at the time  (2014) and cannot find any other way to get in touch with him except through this forum. I have built and rebuilt many guitars and other stringed instruments from scratch designed, to restoring old ( vintage ) guitars. Built a few can jo's and some fretted 4 string back pack things before cigar box guitars were a common term. Now I'm more into tube amps than more instruments. Doug's plans and concept are great and worth building, and I hope to get in touch with him. I left a message for him in this forum, but no reply. Does anyone know him or have experience with his tube amp kit?

Comment by Fantacone Box Works on July 12, 2019 at 9:15pm

Hi all, is there a thread on how to navigate this forum? It is truly the hardest forum to follow and post

Thanks

Mike

Comment by Chuck Bouwens on June 17, 2019 at 8:59am

I first became familiar with the cigar box guitar when I was listening to music on you tube. Justin Johnson was playing and I became a fan. I've always been handy with woodworking so I decided to build my first CBG. This one is going to my grandson who is a pretty fair guitar player (which I'am not). The deal is he gets the first one and he teaches me some basics after I build another for myself.

Comment by TN Twang on June 15, 2019 at 7:03pm

Not new, but gone a long time due to illness. Trying to be "back," but having to learn the website all over again.

QUESTION: Shane's group "How to play the Cigar Box Guitar" shows Latest Activity on May 23, but the Discussions are 2016 and before and the Comments are 2018 and before. What happened on May 23 and how could I find out about it?

I remember some of the people and discussions from 2016 and before, but I'd like to try to catch up by reading more recent posts.

Any help appreciated!

Comment by Jeff 'Bones' Reilly on January 22, 2019 at 2:24am

Of coarse mate no rules in this game I do only off set necks now I find them to look better and play better seems to suit my style. Cheers Brian Q you got your finger on the pulse 

Comment by Tim Pannabecker on January 21, 2019 at 6:34pm

Im planning a build.  What if I do not center my neck on the CB, but instead I want to position it very off-center.  Are there building rules or guidelines for a good sounding instrument, as far as neck location?

thanks I’m new but the CBG sound resonates with my soul

Comment by JRK on January 21, 2019 at 2:06am

Hey all,

I Love the CBG.  i added two cbg songs I recorded to my page and some pre cbg songs. If yu havethe time give them a listen.

Thanks,

Jason Kutz

Comment by David Deacon on January 4, 2019 at 2:35pm

Thanks Jeff, I appreciate the advice 

Comment by Jeff 'Bones' Reilly on January 4, 2019 at 5:08am

As Pick said Tassie oak you can get it at Bunnings in 25 mm thick 75 mm wide 1.2 m long around $22 odd you can get 2 necks from that width I try to get mine with some recurve in it to help with neck tension when it’s strung up ready to play , have fun Cobba .

Comment by the anonymous pick on January 4, 2019 at 12:42am

David , Tasmanian Oak seems popular  for Australian necks .

Comment by David Deacon on January 4, 2019 at 12:22am

Hello,

I have just discovered cigar box guitars and live in East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. I'm planning on building one ASAP. Can anyone please suggest which local species of timber I could use for the neck and if possible where to buy it? I prefer light oak in colour and would rather not have a fingerboard. Any advice would be appreciated

Cheers David 

Comment by the anonymous pick on December 25, 2018 at 3:07pm

Welcome Anthony ;-)

Comment by anthony emerine on December 25, 2018 at 11:03am

Hi everyone i am new to the cbn , thanks for adding me! now i have a new addiction,building CBG'S!! Enjoy my pics!

Comment by gordon barnes on December 24, 2018 at 4:02pm

JUST JOINED, DON'TKNOW HOW TO DO ANYTHING ON YOUR SITE. WHEN MY GRANDDAUGHTER GETS HERE, MAYBE SHE CAN SHOW ME HOW TO GET A PICTURE ON THE PROFILE.  dON'T HAVE ANY FRIENDS, (THAT SOUNDS PITIFULL). I'm A 6 STRING FINGER PICKER WITH A 3 STRING DOG DISH RESO. DONT CARE FOR SLIDE SO SETTING IT OP FOR 4.  LOTS OF INTERESTING TUNNINGS.  tALKING TO LENNY PEROT THE OTHER DAY, HE SEEMED TO THINK IT WOULD WORK OK.  IF I LIKE THE 4 STRING, ILL MAKE ONE.  I LIKE THE IDEA OF A SHORTER SCALE, BUT I NEED ADVICE AND BENEFIT OF OTHERS EXPERIENCE. GORDON

Comment by Keith Fraser on November 20, 2018 at 6:52pm
Hi all. Looking to get some advice on shipping CBGs from Scotland to the US. Yep, ironic or what! I'd appreciate any info on how best to pack them, is a cardboard box enough with bubble wrap and polystyrene? Or is a hard case necessary? Just trying to keep the costs down. If anyone has experience of this I'd welcome your feedback. All the best from Scotland. Thanks K
Comment by Rick Woodward on October 21, 2018 at 8:55pm

Hey guys!  Thanks for the Add!  I have been playing guitar for over 40 years. I will start my first CBG build tomorrow!  Really interested in learning about fretting necks and fret boards. Again, thanks!!

Comment by Lindsey Landers on September 2, 2018 at 5:08pm

Brand new to CBN, site is awesome. Looking to have a 6 string built for my son. He had been researching online and found a picture of #12 Brossey's Custom by Scott Schoepf, which he found on this site, he absolutely fell in love with that guitar. My son loves slide guitar JOHNNY WINTER day and night!!! If anyone has any advice or guidance, it would be very much appreciated. Thanks

Comment by Jerry Holcomb on July 6, 2018 at 3:37pm

new to cigar box nation, built my first one this week, check it outIMG_20180705_191407.jpg

now just need to learn to play

Comment by Austin K on June 12, 2018 at 11:51pm

I have a question about mounting a piezo pickup.  Everyone seems to use a hot glue gun , but I don't have one. Is there any alternative? Can I use wood or super glue?

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