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Project by DonH posted 09-25-2014 10:53 AM 1281 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I haven’t posted any projects for some time as I have been refocusing my shop and my own skills towards luthery (guitar building and repair) rather than just furniture building and similar projects. I started by building a series of 10 cigar box guitars – all individual in size and choice of woods. No production line here.

This was a fair challenge and I actually think in retrospect that building solid body guitars from scratch would have been easier. It is also difficult to find enough empty cigar boxes in good enough shape to build this many instruments.

These guitars are all single pickup four string electrics but have enough acoustic output to play them unplugged and still have fun.

The necks are all maple with various fret board material, bloodwood, curly maple. and rosewood. All the bridges, saddles, nuts and head-stock veneer are ebony.

I am going to finish up the rest of this batch over the next week and then it is on to “real” guitars – both acoustic and electric.

-- DonH Orleans Ontario





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Roger

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#1 posted 09-25-2014 12:17 PM

These are awesome Don. Jam on…............jam on.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 09-25-2014 01:30 PM

I love these things. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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stanley2

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#3 posted 09-25-2014 01:30 PM

Don, enjoy the journey – I had a blast building my first one for a grandson and I fully expect to be asked for more when his siblings see it at Xmas.

-- Phil in British Columbia

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DonH

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#4 posted 09-25-2014 01:42 PM

Thanks guys. There appears to be a line up for these things forming (both my brothers, etc etc)

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 09-25-2014 01:42 PM

OK, after I read this I looked up ‘How to build a cigar box guitar’ on Google. I read the first two entries that I found. I may just build me one of these contraptions. However, I may put it off for as long as possible because it might be something that I could get hung up on. I don’t really need anymore hobbies. ;-|

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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DonH

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#6 posted 09-25-2014 02:07 PM

Hi Charles

Building these things is a lot of fun and very addictive. I recommend you visit the StewartMacdonald and the Luthier Mercantile International web sites (they are luthier suppliers) and Fletcher Guitars web site for excellent guitar building tutorials. These will give you an idea of what you are in for regarding tools – a whole new opportunity to buy more tools!!

The stewmac and LMI web sites have plenty of tutorials on how to use these tools and processes etc.

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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PaulDoug

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#7 posted 09-25-2014 02:37 PM

Very nice CBG’s. I’ve made several CB guitars and ukuleles. They are fun to build. But you are correct, they go quickly to friends and family. I was lucky, I started building these several years ago when you could buy the boxes at a reasonable price. Got lots of them off ebay. Now they are too expensive for me to play with, but I have quit a stash of boxes so I could stay busy at it for quite a while if I ever get back to it.

Charles, lots of info in cigarboxnation.com. It will wet your appetite some.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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