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Discussion: Toothpick Frets?

My supervisor has asked me to build him a CBG, which I'm only too happy to do.  Thing is, my first two I used metal frets which were a roy…

Started by Habanera Hal

27 Nov 17
Reply by Mark Miller

The Cigar Box SITAR Experiment - by Shane Speal

I've always been fascinated with the sitar.  The buzzing, droning and string bending sounds are unlike anything out there.  If the Beatles…

Started by Cigar Box Nation

4 Nov 17
Reply by Mark Miller

Build this Wooden Kick Drum Pedal

The early kick drums were made from wood. Back in the day big band sounds were really popular and room for 4 or 5 drummers was not possibl…

Started by Rose Ericson

34 Nov 12
Reply by Murray Wall

Build This DIY Guitar Fuzz Pedal in 10 Minutes - VIDEO

If you've never ventured into electronics, but always wanted to make your own guitar pedal, then this video is for you.  The guys at DIYgu…

Started by Cigar Box Nation

38 Jul 17
Reply by Robert Bruner

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…

Started by Cigar Box Nation

11 Jul 8
Reply by Kidd Filby

Build a Les Claypool Whamola!

Les Claypool's one-string Whamola is the mutated and high voltage bastard-son of the washtub bass.  Using a lever tuning/playing system, th…

Started by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker

11 Jun 14
Reply by Cindy J

How to Build a Mailbox Dobro

This article is an excerpt from Shane Speal's book, Making Poor Man's Guitars.  Get your autographed copy at stubbyslide.com INTRO This g…

Started by Cigar Box Nation

3 Jun 13
Reply by Cindy J

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…

Started by Cigar Box Nation

5 Apr 5
Reply by Jim Winslow

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…

Started by Cigar Box Nation

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…

Started by Cigar Box Nation

1 Jan 21
Reply by evanmars

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Discussion: Toothpick Frets?

Started by Habanera Hal in Feature Articles. Last reply by Mark Miller Nov 17. 27 Replies

Your take on this bizarre guitar

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Build this Wooden Kick Drum Pedal

Started by Rose Ericson in Feature Articles. Last reply by Murray Wall Nov 12. 34 Replies

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