Eddy Finn has introduced a new product, and they are calling it the "Roadhouse CIGAR BOX Ukulele". It is, however, not made from a cigar box. I asked them how they can call this a"cigar box ukulele" when there is no cigar box involved, and this is the response I got:
(My question to them): I'm curious how you can call it a CIGAR BOX ukulele. Seems to me that's a bit misleading, and possibly deceiving as there is no cigar box used in your uke. Cigar Bix Ukuleles are a unique instruments that were constructed from genuine cigar boxes, and have earned the name.
Thanks, yeah, I needed a bottle opener and someplace to put it, the gee-tar was the secondary thought LOL. Really though, wish it was my idea, but saw it on the internet on one other build, so, I copied the idea, I have plenty of various similar bottle openers, I plan on repeating the idea, and they do make for a very sturdy trapeze.
I've since sold that 3 string, and selling the 4, I'm thinking since the next build will be a 3 string I plan on keeping and playing, I'll probably incorporate it on that one as well.
Cigar boxes are starting to hard to find. So a box that is similar in shape and style can still be referred to a "Cigar Box". Of course some may disagree.
I think it's ok, kind of like a generic description, like catsup, many brands and types, one name to describe
but as far as hard to find...hmmm, over 11,000 listings on ebay, plenty on craigslist city depending, smoke shops everywhere, they've gotten popular so people are cashing in on that by jacking prices, just got to shop around.
And there's nothing wrong with printing an old cigar box decal, making a box, and calling it a re-production
I guess the better term would be a "Tribute" CBG, CBU or other. LOL
You can find them all over the net and at C.B.Gitty. When I was saying hard to find, I meant locally. That's because most people have come to know that they can sell them now. These boxes are very hard to get over seas and the postage is down right criminal.