Four String Cigar Box Guitars


Four String Cigar Box Guitars

Group for those who are interested to find out more and swap ideas for builds, chords and tunings for these versatile instruments!

Members: 212
Latest Activity: Nov 25, 2022

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Neck install

Started by bizzaro guitaro. Last reply by bizzaro guitaro Mar 19, 2017. 5 Replies

Hello all, I picked up a neck from a 6 string solid body. Any ideas or pictures of the best way to install it into a cigar box? I never used a pre made neck in any of my builds. Any help will be…Continue

Looking to add another string...

Started by Urban Bill. Last reply by Slowpaw Steve T Mar 19, 2017. 1 Reply

I've been playing a 3 string for three plus years now.  Looking to add that elusive and mesmerizing fourth string.  Anything to look for in a 4 string CBG.  I'm a player, not a builder. Advice good,…Continue

Is this a cigar box guitar???

Started by Wade Mar 8, 2017. 0 Replies

Could this be considered a cigar box guitar? Look carefully! ;)Continue

Mark of the Beast on my box- what would you do?

Started by Wade. Last reply by Dave S Jan 9, 2016. 6 Replies

I found this signed cigar box with the mark of beast! What would you do with it?!? Use it? Bury it at the Crossroads at midnight?…Continue

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Comment by Leslie Cumberland on December 29, 2017 at 12:28pm

Hello I just joined 4 string C G B so loking forward to some hel, Just new to building as well New to playing to You could say I am an old guy new to everything CBG.

Comment by gary sheldon on January 28, 2016 at 1:48pm

Thomas, build a 3 string, but with 4 strings  : )  JK.  Not much difference, really.  Be real careful laying out and drilling your tuners.  Spend lots of time there.  Be sure to leave space for your hand between fret 1 and the nearest tuner.  It can get pretty crowded there if your tuner is too close to the nut.

Comment by Thomas Blasque on January 9, 2016 at 3:20am

Building first 4 string any tips or tricks would help

Comment by gary sheldon on October 24, 2015 at 4:24am

Very nice build, Eric

Comment by Eric Gallagher on October 5, 2015 at 9:20am

Just wanted to share my version of the Punch Gran Puro. A very well suited box in deed.

Comment by Charles E Tuttle on April 4, 2015 at 9:51am

A way to may an impact in your community is donate a 4-string build for auction to benefit your favorite cause.  Recently I have donated to three different organizations and their respective auctions (all benefited breast cancer research).  All 4 stringers, electric pickups.  They have raised: $350, $375 & last night $550.  Each donated "anonymously."  Just a way to leverage your talent and out of pocket into a sizable donation for a benefit of your choice.

Comment by Primitive Acoustics on March 30, 2015 at 8:11am

A Public Hanging....I got invited to show some of my instruments at an art walk event this Friday.  They will be displayed in a small, crowded gallery/office and I am wondering about the best way to display them.  Any of you have ideas on temporary hanging solutions or other public display ideas?

Comment by Slowpaw Steve T on January 26, 2015 at 9:24am

hmmmm....sure don't remember John Wayne wielding a CBG - but it's a long time since I've seen that movie!  ;-)

Comment by Habanera Hal on January 25, 2015 at 5:55pm

The Texan

Recently recovered from the basement of the Alamo, this four-string cigar box guitar was reportedly a previously unknown major element in the historic battle of 1836 at the famous mission in San Antonio. Used by Davy Crockett as a club after all ammunition had been expelled, the guitar features a 23.5” scale, Gibson-style tuners, spent cartridge fret markers, Ranger star and Alamo-shaped headstock.  Lying in his sickbed, Colonel James Bowie himself fashioned the neck with his famous knife. While his illness was undiagnosed, many of those under his command said they believe he was feeling “The Blues”.

Irrefutable proof of this previously undiscovered cigar box guitar and its' role at the Battle of the Alamo.

Photo courtesy of I.M. Afraud.

Comment by gary sheldon on January 17, 2015 at 6:30am

Looks great for a first git.  Thanks for showing it to us.


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Neck install

Started by bizzaro guitaro. Last reply by bizzaro guitaro Mar 19, 2017. 5 Replies

Looking to add another string...

Started by Urban Bill. Last reply by Slowpaw Steve T Mar 19, 2017. 1 Reply

New instruction book from Justin Johnson

Started by Slowpaw Steve T. Last reply by Steve Moskal Jun 22, 2015. 2 Replies

Chords on 4 string open E

Started by Rob Bennett. Last reply by Uncle John Oct 15, 2014. 5 Replies

2nd 4 string

Started by Daryl. Last reply by Daryl Jun 28, 2014. 2 Replies

4 strings tuned GDAd

Started by frank tennyson. Last reply by frank tennyson Apr 30, 2014. 2 Replies

Online lesson resources?

Started by brdfrd. Last reply by brdfrd Apr 24, 2014. 4 Replies

Where to place 4-String Single Coil Pickup?

Started by Charles E Tuttle. Last reply by Charles E Tuttle Nov 29, 2013. 7 Replies

Reentrant tuning gCEA

Started by Darren Allard. Last reply by jamie bark Sep 14, 2013. 3 Replies

2nd Four String

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Why four strings...?

Started by Slowpaw Steve T. Last reply by frank tennyson Oct 21, 2012. 8 Replies

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Started by Slowpaw Steve T. Last reply by Slowpaw Steve T Sep 20, 2012. 2 Replies

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Started by Dreessen Rene. Last reply by Dreessen Rene Aug 14, 2012. 2 Replies

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Started by Slowpaw Steve T. Last reply by eK Jun 25, 2012. 1 Reply

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Started by Mal Chilvers. Last reply by Slowpaw Steve T Apr 8, 2012. 1 Reply

4 string box

Started by Rooster Reaves. Last reply by Rooster Reaves Feb 23, 2012. 7 Replies

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Started by Slowpaw Steve T. Last reply by Ice Bob Feb 21, 2012. 5 Replies

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