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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 rick harris on April 9, 2014 at 1:00am

If I was going to build a LPR neck through box would I notch the neck so the plate is not touching the neck it would not be acoustic

Comment by mordacai bondurant on March 29, 2014 at 1:51pm

Hey thar Dan DeBruler, I took a peek at your CBGs....WOW!....simply outstanding. (And your photography ability is to be commended as well.)

Anyway, I really do thank ya for the 'plug' y'all gave me on here back in February 'bout my GittyMan CigarBoxGuitar Making Manual.

I gotta believe it is the simplest and most complete book around for them fellers just gettin' into this stuff.  You mentioned easy to find parts and I have heard back from quite a few customers that the 'Parts List' (with prices and where to buy) is of great value to them.

Again, thank ya for your support pardner....


Comment by David Swanson on March 29, 2014 at 1:22pm

Building my first two stringer and new to site.ant preference on what strings to use and what tuning.

Comment by mordacai bondurant on March 12, 2014 at 6:53pm

Hey y'all....I finally finished my CBG video on YouTube....take a peek at it.

It is your portal into makin' these here CBG things!

Thank ya much,


Comment by Dan DeBruler on February 16, 2014 at 8:44am

I've built many CBGs, and other "interesting" instruments. I have even built several on commission for professional musicians who see them in my Radio Station office.

To keep the fire going and spread the love a little, I was looking for a quicker way to produce the simpler - but quality - instruments to sell at street fairs when I stumbled on GittyMan's "CBG Making Book".

Get the book. Simple instruction in an affordable and downloadable book. With a few easy-to-find parts, you'll be done in a day.


Comment by Jon Leslie/Runaway Veal Music on February 16, 2014 at 4:33am
Neck fingerboard should be higher than body
Comment by Jon Leslie/Runaway Veal Music on February 16, 2014 at 4:32am
Neck finger board should be higher than body
Comment by Keith Stanford on February 15, 2014 at 11:48pm

Howdy Ricky D,

You sent a message asking:

"Hey gang. I am brand new here and beginning my 1st build. This is gonna be a blast!
Question1: Does the neck have to touch the lid in any way? I am thinking of building it so the neck slips in under the lid, is scooped out so that it doesn't interfere with the vibes of the lid, and bring the finger board up equal with the lid. 
Question2: Should the finger board be higher than the box lid?"

Make life easy on yourself, amigo....get Mordacai's CBG Making Manual at and save your self a lot of grief.

At only $14 (and instant access) it is a no-brainer.

Welcome to the journey....


Comment by David L. on February 1, 2014 at 12:11pm

It normally comes with a small cable tie you gather the loose wires in and the white bit with the green peel off cover is the anchor point.

Comment by John Rivers on February 1, 2014 at 11:25am

Makes sense...thanks Don


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