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The beauty lies in the simplicity.

Dave David of Switzerland built this elegant 3 string cigar box guitar.  Featuring hand-cut F holes and a simple relic sanding, the instrument has such an understated look. For more inspiration on relic finishes, check out the Cigar Box Nation group, Rat Rod Guitars.

Cigar Box Nation member, Miku delivers another great report about unique instruments in Poland!

Male Instrumenty (Small Instruments) are a band exploring new sounds using a wide array of small instruments.  The instruments used in their sonic experiments feature an ever expanding array of professional instruments, sound toys made for children or naive in nature, strange musical inventions as well as a whole array of small items  continue reading the rest of the article

More Cigar Box Guitar TAB music added
C. B. Gitty's Glenn Watt has just added even more TAB music for cigar box guitar to the ever-expanding database:



We've developed these great chord charts that simply show you where to put your fingers on a 3-string cigar box guitar.  You'll be playing in no time at all!
Cigar Box Guitar Chord Forms in the key of G
More Cigar Box Guitar Chord Forms 

Spruce up a soundhole with leftover screen wire and hot glue

Cigar Box Nation founder, Shane Speal has just completed 24 cigar box guitars in a marathon one-week building session.  The instruments are to meet the Christmas demand and his concert tomorrow at the Hibrewnation Beer Festival in Harrisburg PA.  As he was building, he documented the following tip for soundholes:
I've been using a 3/4" Forsner bit to create clean soundholes in the cigar boxes.  However, it always seems unfinished to leave the hole there.  (A round soundhole is just so plain and not as appealing as a hand cut F-hole.)  After trying several materials, I discovered that a leftover patch of window screen makes a great Dobro-looking cover. 
Once you create the sound holes, flip the box open and use a hot glue gun to put a ring of glue around the hole.  Place a patch of screen wire on the glue and then add a little bit more glue on top.  It stays great and look clean on the outside.

C. B. Gitty introduces Strat® style tailpieces for
3 and 4 string cigar box guitar!

The possibilities of the cigar box guitar took a quantum leap ahead today as C. B. Gitty introduces 3 and 4 string versions of the Strat hardtail bridge.  Many builders have modified 6-string hardtails before, but a stock 3 or 4 string just hadn't been available until now.

Gitty is offering the Hardtail Bridges at low prices
3-String Hardtail just $11.49
(Quantity Discount: buy 10 or more for just $10.49 each!)

4-String Hardtail just $13.99
(Quantity Discount: buy 10 or more for just $12.99 each!)

2014 Cigar Box Nation Christmas album (free download) in the works!

There has been a tremendous response to CB Nation Christmas album submissions in previous years, let's top this year off with with a CRACKER CHRISTMAS ALBUM! 

You can submit a cover of a traditional non copyrighted song, or ideally you can do something you wrote/composed yourself.

 Please respond in the official thread if you would like to participate and include the song that you would like to have included in the album. Once we have the final album compiled, it will be posted as a free download, and anyone will be able to download it. So, you will be able to pass the links along to your friends and family!

Completed MP3 files can be emailed to ...

Cigar Box Nation is proudly sponsored by C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply, the cigar box guitar superstore. 

C. B. Gitty Launches New Line of Cigar Box Guitar Pickups: 
From prized pawnshop tones to uptown sounds...all at low, juke joint prices.


by Foundry-Tone
  The pickup that captures the looks and gloriously trashy tones of Kent, Kingston, Teisco and other classic pawnshop guitars.  These hot single-coils are voiced for Fat Possum blues and snarling rock.  The single rail design allows perfect response from every string regardless of spacing.

Pawnshop Monorail - $16.99 ea.


Shane Speal "Snake Oil" Mini Humbuckers back in stock! 

"The King of the Cigar Box Guitar" favors these pickups because they combine the bite of a snarling single coil and the body of a humbucker.  These pickups drive a tube amp to the limits.

Snake Oil Mini Humbuckers -

$26.99 pair

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