I recently Built this small Guitar using a tiny Macanudo box. I wondered what it would sound like. I was hoping it was going to rock even though it was tiny! Turns out the sound is pretty hollow It,s not very good. Wondering if anybody has any advice on making guitars from a tiny box like this and ending up with a good sound. I’m pretty sure I’m going to end up taking it apart and replacing it with a bigger box to give it a better sound. Let me know if you have any experience building cigarbox guitars from such a tiny box. Thanks

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 So are you looking for a warmer sound or a louder sound? Like Taffy said, changing out the nut and bridge for hard wood or bone can make a difference, and Korrigan is absolutely right about Electric strings, pickups and an Amp.

 If you want a brighter, louder acoustic sound I recommend installing a Resonator of some kind-even a small one will let you punch above your weight class acoustically, and sealing the inside with varnish or shellac with improve the volume a little more while sacrificing a little warmth for a little bright and a tiny bit more sustain.

 If warmth of tone is needed, try a properly-braced Sitka Spruce, Cedar or even Basswood replacement lid. Also, F-holes increase volume a little over the round ones (note Bluegrass Mandolin vs Celtic tone difference).

 Or...just build a bigger one and play around with the Macanudo later.

 BTW-does that Mac have a wooden bottom? If so, try flipping the next one that size over and using the bottom. There will be a noticeable difference.

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