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Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101


Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101

This group is for discussing the basics of CBG building for newer builders - where to start, what to do, common pitfalls, tips and techniques.

Keep in mind that new builders can find other great informative articles on CBG building, as well as most of the parts you'll need, over at C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply!

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Comment by Ellwood T. Bear yesterday
I use old guitar strings.
Comment by Randy O yesterday
I just build my first Diddley bow from a Kristoff box. The box was small so I figured it would make a better Diddley bow. So far I am pleased with the progress. I haven't cut a sound hole for it yet. The one thin I am dissatisfied with is the broom wire for the string. I can't seem to get enough tension on the string to get a good sound. It sounds like a bass now which is not really the sound I want. What would you suggest for string? Any other pointers will help too. I will post pictures.
Comment by gary sheldon on Monday


 That sounds simple, easy and fairly obvious.  Why didn't I think of it?  Thanks 

Comment by Beartown Boxman on Monday

What MadGomer said ;)

Comment by MadGomer on Monday
Gary, I typically use white glue or wood glue with the sawdust. It dries quick and matches well when sanded down. Don't use too much glue, and overfill your hole a bit to allow for some shrink.
Comment by gary sheldon on Monday

I occasionally need to fill a bit of wood from a screw up, like drill bit blow out or a hole drilled in the wrong place.

I don't have a good method yet.  Sometimes I use dust from sanding identical wood and mix it with a little Linseed oil.  The results are not great and it takes forever for the oil to dry.  Regular wood filler products end up having a different color than the surrouning wood, so the spot shows up.

Any suggestions?  I have heard of using super glue with some sawdust, but haven't tried that yet.

Comment by stringybark on August 14, 2014 at 6:37am

I also bought his book, FABULOUS, cant go wrong with it! And yes, youtube videos are also very helpful, as I like to learn by sight!

Comment by Robert Dawkins on August 13, 2014 at 9:18am

Keith is right, Randy...Gittyman has all the answers for you, in his book...and with a money-back guarantee, to boot!


Comment by Keith Stanford on August 13, 2014 at 1:20am

Howdy Randy, and welcome amigo!

I would suggest that you consider doing what dozens of folks on here have done and that is to take a peek at Mordacai's web site

At $ will save yourself a lot of time and anguish.

Yes, there are many YouTube videos that will answer your questions....but Mord has everyting all in one place for you.

Just saying....


Comment by Randy O on August 13, 2014 at 12:12am
Hi! I'm new to this group. I just recently bought a black Cohiba box that I want to turn into a guitar of course. I'd like to do a 3 string preferably. I'm not sure how to build the neck into the box, proper support, etc. can you recommend a good tutorial that spells it out. I want a through type of neck as I think that design looks more authentic for cigar boxes. -Thanks

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