Contest is closed and we have now chosen three winners from all the entries!!!

FIRST PLACE and a $100 gift certificate to www.CBGitty.com goes to Heatmiser George and his skeletal-carved "Johnny Coffinwood" guitar:

SECOND PLACE and a $50 gift certificate to www.CBGitty.com is D S Phillips with his gory "Ed Gein" guitar:

THIRD PLACE & a $25 C. B. Gitty gift certificate goes to JD Swann with "Voodoo"

 

These contests are almost impossible to judge, especially with so many noteworthy entries.  Congratulations to all the winners and a huge shout out to all the entries!

CONTEST IS CLOSED.  THANKS FOR ENTERING!  Original contest information below along with all entries:

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!

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.

 

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Skeleton Key Guitars 3 string slider"Johnny Coffinwood".Hand carved poplar neck and hands,handmade spruce coffin sound box with hand cut celtic cross sound holes,bone nut,handmade mahogany bridge,brass/copper tailpiece,banjo tuners,Electric Delta 3 pole pickup,skull volume knob.If you want hear how she sounds go to the video section here on Cigar Box Nation and look up "Burn The Flames".She's a screamer !!!!!

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This is my 2nd semi serious attempt to make a cigar box guitar. I'm still just beginning to get into this exciting hobby and there's many things I would have done differently. I actually started this build about 3 months ago, if this disqualifies me thats cool. I mainly wanted to show it off. Initially I wasn't planning on it having a Halloween or spooky theme, till a friend commented that the shape reminded her of a coffin. Anyway here's my entry the Coffin Box Guitar.

My entry for the 2017 Halloween build off is my 4 string Ed Gein  Dead Skin Mask Banjo. 

The pot is made from a native american hoop drum I got from a trading post.  The head is goat skin also purchased there.  The neck is maple (scarf Joint-my first) with a red oak fret board.  The dead skin mask was an add on in a mache style application.  The tuners are leftovers in my build stuff.  The strings are nylon and the marking on fretboard were burned in. The banjo is open back and skin was soaked and tacked on. This was alot of fun!!!

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My one string stand-up bass. Crude, ugly, but playable.

SKULL UKULELE

My brother in dental school gave me a plastic skull that he got from a classmate.  Of course I had to make a ukulele with it.  The body and neck are poplar and the fretboard is walnut.  It has skull tuners and a skull volume knob for the piezo pickup. It's the spookiest uke I've ever made.

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