What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
They are so much fun to make and play. You can be creative on so many levels and you don't need a whole lot of money either. The idea that you can take stuff you have lying around and turn it into something that sounds so great is amazing.
Oh, re. your q on wood- don't know if it's frowned upon in your part of the world but in most urban cities there are alleyways with rubbish tips (as you'd call them) and they are fair game for grabbing wood, old chairs, cabinets and whatever. Only thing we have to consider in the U.S. is bedbugs in many cities now, so one must be very careful when rubbish-picking, but dumpster diving can indeed bring you a LOT of cool stuff for cbg's and I have used both hardwood and other stuff from such exploration. -Glenn
Hi Robin, welcome to CBN. You were asking about hard wood and where to obtain it. A lot of pallets are actually made from hardwood, oak, ash etc. If a gentle push with a flat screwdriver does not produce a deep dint you've got yourself some hardwood. Ask round friends and relatives, you will be surprised how many people have pieces in the garage that they have had for years. If your not shy and have a bit of cheek ask at local furniture, door manufacturers who are only too pleased to let you go through their skips, saves paying someone to take it away. Ask down the pub, shop/kitchen fitters, joiners etc bribed with a pint or two are a great source and it usually comes planed up and delivered free. Old furniture, replaced hardwood doors (so a double glazing fitter can be a good friend) laminated hardwood flooring end of range left over after being layed can be laminated or used for fret boards, people who have wood burners sometimes have regular supplies but you need to ask before they get the saw out. Ask anybody and everybody you meet and before long the problems solved. Hope that has inspired you into scavenging what you need and before long you will be trying to give it away yourself.
Good luck and happy hunting, all the best mate, Chris. :)