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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 Wayfinder on February 8, 2015 at 1:31pm

BTW folks, as a note:  this is a "comment wall"... which is less handy for replies and discussion.   If you have a specific subject, "Add a Discussion" above provides a much easier-to-use forum.

Comment by Wayfinder on February 8, 2015 at 1:30pm

(follow up):  Oh and I'd run the neck lengthways, with the neck slot cut on the opening end of the box.

Comment by Wayfinder on February 8, 2015 at 1:29pm

I think it would be very easy to make a CBG out of an end-hinged box... because it would allow you to glue the through-the-box neck right to the lid with zero issues for things such as replacing preamp batteries or re-wiring.  

Making it into an amp would require destroying the label, which would be a shame.  But making a git out of it would preserve the front of the box by running the neck right underneath the lid.

More and more however, I am making CBGs using the bottom side of the box as the front, so the back is auto-decorated.  I then decorate the front/bottom my own style, as it is quite often plain wood.

My vote : I'd make it a CBG and preserve the front label.


Comment by the anonymous pick on February 8, 2015 at 12:53pm

Comment by Keith Stanford on February 8, 2015 at 12:51pm

I forgot to mention, that amplifier at is not your usual type of CBG amplifier.  On that amp, the CB lid is left open ans serves as a 'back-brace' so the amp can me tilted.  That is what is so unique about your CB configuration.

Most other amps have the lit closed.


Comment by Thomas "Duck" Petry on February 8, 2015 at 12:44pm

T-Gripped...Simple answer is yes. You can cut the paper hinge part and put the neck through "normal". You can run it through the wide side. You can make an amp out of it. "Rule #1, there are no rules." They are your boxes. do what you like. Then again, if you don't care to deal with those options I'm sure that there are lots of folks here who would be glad to take the boxes if you don't want to mess with them. You could always go through the wide side twice and make a double neck guitar out of it as an option or stick two boxes together to make a larger guitar. The opportunities are endless. Good looking boxes, I'd sure as hell build them. Have fun with your builds.

Comment by gary sheldon on February 8, 2015 at 12:35pm

Before getting too far along with your build, you need to address the issues of scale length and where you want to put your bridge.  The box will need a certain minimum length to be able to place the bridge somewhere near the center of the soundboard.  I try to make the bridge position around 1/3 of the way between the back and the front of the box.  If you put it too far back you won't be getting much sound

Comment by Keith Stanford on February 8, 2015 at 12:34pm

Really cool looking box you got there, T-Gripped.

Personally, I would not use that CB to make a is too special looking.

Instead, I would make an amplifier out of it like Mordacai has on the banner on his web site

Then get yourself a different CB for your CBG build.

Take a look at that amplifier....I think you will be impressed.


Comment by T-Gripped on February 8, 2015 at 12:27pm

I have 2 boxes with the top hinged on the narrow side, not the long side. Do I run the neck thru the wide side making a funky looking CBG, or remove the top and notch it conventionally. Or just make an amp out of it?

Comment by Wayfinder on February 3, 2015 at 11:36pm

Howling, depends on what kind of tailpiece you want and how the uke is shaped.  Would need to see a photo.


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