Cigar box guitars, anybody's into'em?

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by wildeman, Jul 10, 2018.

  1. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    I just got my first one and im totally hooked. Very fun, cool and inspiring! I'm starting my first build this weekend. 20180710_153159.jpg
  2. CaliforniaSlim

    CaliforniaSlim Gretschie

    Jul 21, 2016
    I've never tried one, but it does seem like a fun build project. Post it up and let us see. I don't have the woodworking skills, patience or equipment to build like some of these folks (E-Man, Brian etc) but perhaps, just maybe, I could manage one of these.
  3. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    They worked for countless blues guys for decades.

    Where would Bo Diddley be without them?
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  4. Hydroman

    Hydroman Gretschie

    Feb 29, 2016
    FUNtucky, Ca.
    I have a 3 string that I installed a P-90 in. They are fun to play and once you figure out the open chord fingering and fret locations you can alot of fun.
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  5. ruger9

    ruger9 Country Gent

    Nov 1, 2008
    I JUST got one, it's the "almost a toy" BBG one. Got it for $27. figured it would be enough to see if I would be into it.

    SO into it! Already planning to build one, with a P-90. And a normal scale (the little BBG one is very short scale, the strings are kinda' floppy.) I tune GDG. I love it! Looking forward to doing the reading and research to build my own!
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  6. ruger9

    ruger9 Country Gent

    Nov 1, 2008
    You could do a "partscaster" one very easy, with parts from CB Gitty. They got everything you need if building from scratch doesn't interest you.
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  7. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    Yeah, no way i have those guy's skills either but this is a pretty low buck way in and I'm gonna try it.
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  8. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    Yeah man, i've already got some boxes and oak wood for necks and whatnot. Check out Victory pickups, they are killer! I just got my second one.
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  9. Sarah93003

    Sarah93003 Friend of Fred

    They look like a blast to me!

  10. nickurso

    nickurso Friend of Fred

    Dec 24, 2012
    New Orleans la.
    I always wanted to try one.
  11. Zeek

    Zeek Electromatic

    May 29, 2016
    Illinos USA

    Samantha Fish plays one pretty well.
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  12. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    ...... I think I want one now
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  13. russmack

    russmack Country Gent

    May 1, 2017
    ballina australia
    Yep. Have to agree.

    On the other hand, how on earth did the older guys get to leave so much beautiful music behind them, playing such terrible instruments?

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  14. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    Yeah, i dont know what took me so long. They don't cost much at all.
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  15. ruger9

    ruger9 Country Gent

    Nov 1, 2008
    My whole thing is, I have been interested in learning to play slide BUT... I've never gotten off the ground with 6 strings, or standard tuning (don't want to leave an instrument tuned open just for slide), and like the mournful, bluesy type of slide playing anyway (not the Allman/ al thing). the CGB ticks ALL the boxes, and is cheap!

    I have a shorter ceramic moonshine slide, but just ordered a stubby slide for better control.

    And I like building stuff... this short short scale is killing me. (it's only 21")
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  16. somebodyelseuk

    somebodyelseuk Country Gent

    Jan 22, 2013
    Birmingham, UK
    I don't own one - nearest thing I've got is a Danelectro - but I'm a big fan of making guitars from any old cr@p that's lying around.
    Cigar box guitars are just a 'commercialisation' of that principle.
    70 years of everything being (pretty much) a variation of a Fender or Gibson, I'm all for something a bit different.
  17. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    I've been playing slide as long as I've been playing guitar and these things are made for it. This one has a 25 1/2" scale but with the three strings, they are in too far on the fretboard so my slide hits the frets (hate!). It will be a four string after this weekend. I also got a super cool Victory Crossroads pickup for it.
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  18. ruger9

    ruger9 Country Gent

    Nov 1, 2008

    I bought a P90 from CBgitty, after watching this demo..... THIS is the tone I'm after (BTW, he plugs into a Roland Micro Cube). While this little $27 BBG (the box is actually the hard cardboard they used to use for pencil/cigar boxes, not wood) isn't worth much, I'm going to use it not only to start learning slide on, but also learning SURGERY on.... so when I build the real wood CBG, I'll have some experience...

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  19. Roger49

    Roger49 Country Gent

    Feb 18, 2015
    I'm not really into cigar-box guitars, banjos or ukuleles, not my thing.

    But the box while it was still full, well that would be something altogether different!

    I wonder how the tone of the instrument changes with the quality of the cigars that it was used to contain. Perhaps Cohiba and Davidoff boxes sound better than no-name Brazil or Dom Rep cigars, but I doubt that much research has been done in that direction and I think they are generally always made from Sandalwood if IIRC.
  20. DaddyDog

    DaddyDog Country Gent

    Sep 18, 2011
    Mississauga, Canada
    I have a 6 string CBG made by Daddy Mojo in Montreal. It's fun, and great for slide. I don't play it much though. I can't play it for a long time due to the small body. It's up for sale on Reverb, and in a 'for sale' thread here. Give me a shout if you're interested.
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