Cigar Box Nation News! Coffin case lap steel guitar, Seasick Steve, The Budrows and more. Jan 29, 2015

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  • George Benson's first homemade guitar
  • Cigar Box Guitars in the recording studio
  • Loading a CBG with a soapbar P90 pickup
  • much more

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Marc C. of Flower Mound, Texas built this incredible lap steel using the empty coffin case of an old violin.  Note the beautiful scroll headstock, the classic F-holes, lipstick tube pickup and violin tailpiece.  Got questions or comments?  Leave them here.

The Dude abides... and gets to play a OneSixTwo cigar box guitar

Fun With a 2x4 Bass (link goes to .pdf file)

Cool plans discovered in a 1960's Popular Science magazine. Build your own solidbody electric bass from a standard 2x4!!!

Get your thump on and join the discussion group Cigar Box Basses

One Bourbon, One Scotch and One Beer - Brushy One String returns with a mashup classic on his beat-up one string acoustic.  Inspiring...

Photo Feature on the Budrows in Concert, ( a 3 piece cigar box guitar/washboard/harp band from Anaheim CA.  Photos include close-ups of the instruments and more.

We have begun adding
how-to-play videos for cigar box ukulele to the knowledgebase over at These vids by performer "One-hand" Dan Russell are a great introduction to these amazingly fun and easy-to-play instruments.

We'll be adding more CBU (Cigar Box Ukulele) content in the days ahead, so stay tuned!

One of the most popular discussions this week is about building Hubcap Guitars just like the ones played by Seasick Steve.  Want some ideas to make your own?  Got some tips to share?  Join the discussion about Hubcap Guitars!

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