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The Cigar Box Mandolin Project - Discussion Page for Questions & Answers

Hi all, it's Shane Speal. On April 29, 2022, we debuted my mini documentary, The Cigar Box Mandolin Project.  I show you how I built a gre…

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4 Apr 30
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Easy DIY Cigar Box Guitar Stand by Eric Denton

Builder & musician, Eric Denton has invented a simple cigar box guitar stand using another cigar box and a dowel rod (or old drum sti…

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5 Apr 5
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Build This Simple Cigar Box Uke for Under $20!

These cigar box ukulele plans by Shelley Rickey of the Mourning Glories offer some of the easiest methods for constructing your own playabl…

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9 Apr 1
Reply by Wanhavihtahousu

Download These One-String Fiddle Plans from 1907

Since the beginning of Cigar Box Nation, we have provided free musical instrument plans to inspire your next build.  These plans for build…

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1 Jan 21
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Headless Guitar Project - a $100 eBay kit & Gitty pickups

Ok, so it's not a cigar box guitar... but from time to time, I love getting a cheap guitar kit from eBay and putting my own spin on it. A…

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6 Jan 20
Reply by Johnny Deck

2021 Throwback Holiday Build-Off Contest!

SCROLL DOWN FOR THE RULES, BUT FIRST, READ THIS VERY IMPORTANT REMINDER: and then do this... THE 2021 THROWBACK HOLIDAY BUILD-OFF! We…

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77 Jan 1
Reply by A.D.EKER

120 Year Old Cigar Box Guitar - "The Horse's Bridle"

The following article is excerpted from the book, Making Poor Man's Guitars by Shane Speal.   Measuring in at 30" (76cm) long, 5" (12 3/4c…

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0 Nov 17, 2021

Shane Speal's Wood Shop Diary: The Essence of the Blues

The story behind the "Damned if I do..." guitar by Shane Speal Last week, I stepped into my woodshop with the goal of capturing struggle,…

Started by Cigar Box Nation

4 Oct 15, 2021
Reply by MadGomer

SHANE'S CHALLENGE: Let's Do Something Cool With Gus Cannon's First Banjo

The Guy on the Left is Gus Cannon.  Let's Do Something Cool With His History... Gus Cannon was one of the very first innovators in jug ba…

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38 Oct 4, 2021
Reply by Tony Thomas MFA

Cigar Box Amp Mods

by Shane Speal I'm an electronics idiot.  There, I said it!  I suck when it comes to soldering and breadboards and all that crap.  I could…

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14 Sep 17, 2021
Reply by RTZGUITARS

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