Can a cigar box guitar be called that if the box is not a cigar box?

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I'm not an expert at all, but in my humble opinion you can make any handmade box to a cigar box by putting a cigar in it.You can take the cigar out again and build a guitar - then called a cigar box guitar.
But you should have a proof. So make a photo when the cigar is in the box.

well have a look at the entries for some of the competitions here. there are a lot not made from actual "cigar boxes". if you are pedantic then call it a cigar box style guitar. 

If it’s in the spirit of a cigar box guitar, then it is? It’s just one of those things?

When I'm talking to a customer I call the ones made with an actual cigar box a CBG, and the others on display CBG style guitars.

I think I remember seeing guitars made out of a tin called canjo's, maybe they should be called tinjo's, haha.
Taff

They are called tinjo’s?

Well Whaddaya know, never seen that word used.

Taff

Me ether.  Looks like someone has been using it, though.

https://reverb.com/item/7589648-shonky-tinjo-2017-natural-canjo-1-s...

A lot of the 3 and 4 stringers you'll here and on other sites have boxes built by the builder. Either because they want a better quality wood in the box or because suitable cigar boxes are not readily available to them.

Most of the folks I know just call them all "Box Guitars" and leave it at that.

In the end, it doesn't matter as what we are usually talking about is "Hand Made Musical Instruments".

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