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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and again...WOW, glad I didn't try and enter

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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BADASS!! If you had a couple buddies dressed like the walking dead in the background I'd say you have a TV walk on with the walking dead lol, love love the video, it does scream and cool video production.

This one will be hard to beat, judges got it tough this year.

I just went your page Heat, and you could have taken 1st thru whatever if you were aloud multiple entries, you have some cool gits, serious nice quality builds, I especially love the camp crystal build.

Thanks Richard I do love me some Halloween !!!!!!!!!!!

that is cool!

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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