It's that time of year!  We're looking for the wildest Halloween-inspired homemade instruments.  Coffin basses, creepy guitars, musical chainsaws, axe guitars, grave digger shovel guitars... get weird or go home!

Need inspiration?  Check out our previous Halloween build-off.

Shane & Ben will judge this insane contest.  They're looking for originality, general insanity and the willingness to push the envelope.  Oh...and the entries must be playable instruments.

NOTE:  This is the official entry page. Do not use this thread to comment on other people's submissions. 

The rules:

  1. Post your entries below. NO MORE THAN THREE PHOTOS AND ONE VIDEO PER ENTRY.  Include a one paragraph description with your entry.
  2. Entries must be submitted between September 25 and October 22, 2017.
  3. Entries must not have been submitted to any other Cigar Box Nation contest in the past.
  4. Instruments must be built by the submitter.

The prizes:

  • First prize:  $100 C. B. Gitty gift certificate
  • Second prize:  $50 C. B. Gitty gift certificate
  • Third prize:  $25 C. B. Gitty gift certificate

Get weird and get building!  Let's make this the wildest contest ever!

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My entry to the Halloween Build-Off
Hand carved skully soundhole, Spectraply neck, 4 pole pickup, hand painted fretboard and body with decal fret markers made and displayed in Sleepy Hollow, NY


That's freaking beautiful!  What wood is the neck made out of? 

Fantastic work!

Spectraply is laminated premium yellow birch veneer. Lots of pen makers/turners use it.

Thank you so much!!! 
The wood is called Spectraply and is available from Cousineau Wood Products in Maine.  Last time I checked there were about 50 different color combinations and they recently scaled back their minimum order requirements so you can buy just one panel if you like.  Panels come in various sizes, but I prefer 0.75 x 9.5 x 40 and I can usually get 5 guitar necks (1.5 inch width) once the edges are trimmed.
Check out their selection
ou can also see some other Spectraply builds I've done on my Facebook page

Nice fret work.

Thank you!!

Did this one last year, not much of a player but it smells nice after the candle burns awhile. Might be the first guitar I ever smashed.


Left handed three string skull stick ,reclaimed mahogany/resin skull,bound walnut fingerboard.

My Halloween inspired Demon Knight.
Soft Maple Neck, Walnut Fretboard with toothpick frets, homemade surface mount pickup.


love it jesse ...good luck bro \m/


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