Cigar Box Guitar #3: Finishing Touches

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Blog entry by PittsburghTim posted 10-07-2012 07:21 PM 2080 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I applied Danish Oil to both the box and the neck/fretboard before I assembled the guitar, but after I glued a few loose corners of the paper wrapper. After finishing, I began assembly. I inserted the neck through the box. Next, I drilled holes for the 1/4 inch jack and two potentiometers or pots. I installed the electronics and then closed the box. I drilled and countersunk two brass screws to hold the neck and box top firnly in place. I did not glue the box at this time as I was not overly confident that my soldering skills were perfect.

Next, I installed the three tuning pegs and the strings, loosely at first. I slipped the brass screw for the nut and the bridge, made from a small piece of walnut, into place as well. I installed a brass door handle over the bridge. I was able to tighten the strings and tune them. I cannot play, but the finished product is just way cool and would look good just hanging on the wall. I tested the electronics and everything works fine.

I hope to take it to the local guitar shop where I purchased the tuners and strings and get their opinion of its musical qualities.

Thanks for looking,


-- She asked me, "Who are you going to please with that?" I said, "Me."

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Chris McDowell

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#1 posted 10-07-2012 11:04 PM

Very interesting project. I enjoyed reading this series. I plan on purchasing the book you mentioned as well.

Did you build this guitar using solely the instructions in the book or did you have to look elsewhere to fill in any gaps in information?

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#2 posted 10-08-2012 10:30 AM


I used only the book in making this guitar. The templates were very helpful and there were only a few, minor gaps in the build. You should not have any problems. If you do, I would be glad to help.


-- She asked me, "Who are you going to please with that?" I said, "Me."

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#3 posted 10-09-2012 03:20 AM

This is a very cool project. If you don’t mind me asking, how much money do you have tied up in this project? My brother is studying classical guitar in college right now and something like this might make a great gift for him.



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#4 posted 10-09-2012 10:25 PM

Not including the wood scraps and finish, I have about $35 in parts for the guitar. The tuner and strings came in around $30.

The electronics (not really becessary) were another $15 at radio shack.

Good luck,


-- She asked me, "Who are you going to please with that?" I said, "Me."

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