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How did you learn about Cigar Box Nation?
Shane Speal video
How many instruments have you built so far?
One - a six string kit.
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
I like the idea of building then playing and really like the unique instruments i've seen. Also think building own will allow me to space strings to suit my arthritic hands.

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Number Four

Posted on May 23, 2018 at 1:59pm 2 Comments

For number four I used my last Winterman's box and a piece of oak for the neck.  Didn't realise oak would be so hard to work......  I faced the headstock off with a piece of cedar from a broken box to match the body.  This one's a 25.5 inch scale acoustic (no piezo this time).  The string spacing is a little wider than usual just to see if it's any better for fingerpicking with my arthritic fingers.…


Number Three

Posted on May 14, 2018 at 7:34am 1 Comment

So for number three I decided to reuse the neck from my cheapo cardboard blues box guitar.  My box choice was limited to the notch size on the neck.  The depth of the notch was increased a couple of mm to let the lid resonate a little better.  This sounds way better than the cardboard box and will definitely get picked up and played.…


Number Two

Posted on April 23, 2018 at 12:54pm 6 Comments

So this weekend I built number two - a diddley bow made from a broom handle and a Henri Wintermans box.  The box cracked when I was putting a sound hole in but I think it improved the look of a pretty boring box.  I stuck a piezo in there and strung up with a low E.  …


My first build......

Posted on April 16, 2018 at 11:02am 4 Comments

Here's a pic of my first attempt at a CBG.  I built this at a workshop by a local guy Cigarbox Sounds.  Great workshop and I came away with a playable fretless CBG.

I've a feeling this may get addictive............

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At 9:05am on August 15, 2018, Scott McGilliard said…

Yes it can get addictive.  I built my first CBG 4 and a half years ago because I didn't want to shell out the bucks to buy one. I've now built 55 instruments.  Unfortunately that's it for a couple of years while I go off to college where I don't have any space to build them or house tools & supplies. Have fun with your next 50 builds!


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