I have moved house, I have a smaller workshop and now want to get building again, so I got myself a pile of parts and I'm going to build a nice little 2 String thing. Couple of questions.

1. What would it be called, its going to have a smallish Biscuit Tin for a body, so is it a Canjo or a Diddley Bow or a Cigar Box or something else?

2. Heres a parts list, am I missing anything?

A Smallish Biscuit Tin in the shape of a Teddy bear (a gift from one of the girls at work, she wants to see what I make of it), A long piece of Pine (40mmx40mmxat-least-1M), 2 steel bolts, 1 25mm Piezo prewired to a jack, 2 Machine Heads, a Brass hinge with 2 mounting points for strings, some screws and 2 strings (17 and 26 gauge).

3. My workshop is my small and full of stuff from the move, any advice on working in confined space (Can't work outside, we have snow for the first winter in years).

Views: 96

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

I think Shane coined the term 'chugger' for 2 string builds. They're a ton of fun to play. I've made a couple, and I really like them. I tune mine to A, D.

I hope you can work out a comfortable way to manage your new space. My only tips are to keep it picked up as much as you can, and bright lighting might help so you don't feel like you're in a cave. When a small space gets messy, it can be really uncomfortable to work in. 

Never heard Chugger before, when I have a pic of this thing, I think chugger would not be a suitable title (considering the tin is a teddy bear). Still thinking about the tuning, maybe C G.

still working on the workspace, the snow has stopped and clearly, might just work in the open air for the moment.


Grizzly Bow
Teddy Tuner
Bear Nekkid Dual G String Thing

Grizzly Bow and Honeydripper seem like the best options, once its built, I'll see what name suits it best from the sound and look of the thing

 When asked why he calls a 2 string cbg a chugger, Mr Speal responded "because I made it up. ;) Two strings give you a chugging rhythm instrument." It's not about chugging beer or anything. ;) 

Here's the kind of stuff he does with AD tuning. 

I really like the sound of that little chugger

Tin Ted Too

Tin Ted could work. I will admit since I am making this thing right handed, its not for me so the name will ultimately be chosen by the new owner

Smoky the Bear-tar

maybe not smoky, but I like Bear-tar


The Essential Pages

New to Cigar Box Nation?How to Play Cigar Box GuitarsFree Plans & How to Build Cigar Box GuitarsCigar Box Guitar Building BasicsCigar Box Guitar Parts Store

Site Sponsor

Recommended Links & Resources


How do i Wire this pickup ?

Started by Kenny Robinson in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Timothy Hunter 3 hours ago. 3 Replies

A5,E5,G5,A9,E9... etc how to do?

Started by jose garcia paredes in Performances, How to Play, Lessons, Concerts. Last reply by jose garcia paredes yesterday. 6 Replies

Volume vs size.

Started by Mardi Macfly in Other stuff - off topic, fun stuff, whatever. Last reply by Moritz Voegeli on Friday. 7 Replies

Build support for cbg´s?

Started by jose garcia paredes in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by John Sawyer on Wednesday. 9 Replies


Started by Michael Walker in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Timothy Hunter on Wednesday. 2 Replies

Bowed necks.

Started by Sam Gordon in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Taffy Evans on Wednesday. 10 Replies

Awkward Valentine's Day...

Started by Don Stachovak in Other stuff - off topic, fun stuff, whatever. Last reply by the anonymous pick on Tuesday. 2 Replies

no rules thank God

Started by Matthew Borczon in Other stuff - off topic, fun stuff, whatever. Last reply by BeetleJuice! on Tuesday. 22 Replies

Blog Posts

Craft CBG Amp from Soviet radio

Posted by Pavel Aleinik on February 16, 2017 at 1:30am 1 Comment

neck fretted and how not to do it!

Posted by Timothy Hunter on February 14, 2017 at 8:23am 5 Comments


Posted by Doug Dickerson on February 11, 2017 at 12:20am 1 Comment

My Best Ambassador

Posted by Hal Robertson on February 3, 2017 at 8:00pm 3 Comments

Latest Activity

Greg Thompson commented on Pat's photo

Tumbling block CBG01

"If M.C. Escher could play a CBG, this would be it! Wonderful work!"
1 hour ago
wes carl commented on Uncle John's video
2 hours ago
Don Tucker posted a photo
6 hours ago
JP Swenson commented on BRUCE HALBOHM's photo
10 hours ago
Lonman commented on Shawn's photo

SG-Pine full shot

"I like the SG look, real nice color of the wood"
10 hours ago
Lonman commented on Janos BoogieMan CBGs's photo


"I like what you did with the neck to give the perception of a bottle of JD. Cool-"
10 hours ago
Rubén posted a photo
13 hours ago
BRUCE HALBOHM posted photos
14 hours ago
Peter Rudolph commented on Janos BoogieMan CBGs's photo
15 hours ago
the anonymous pick commented on BRUCE HALBOHM's photo
15 hours ago
Elio commented on Jim Morris's video
15 hours ago
Uncle John commented on Jet.leg.greg's photo


"Okay, the hinge saddle looks better black.  Love that top."
16 hours ago

CigarBoxGuitar.com Knowledgebase Articles



© 2017   Created by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service