Gold Macanudo Cigar Box Guitar

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Project by Brian Anderson - UBWoodman posted 04-27-2010 01:20 AM 2462 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been building Cigar Box Guitars for about a year now, this one is a 4 string maple neck mated to a gold Macanudo box, hand shaped neck with a bone nut and a bone/rosewood bridge. I am ready to try some other projects, one being a new mail box post and I am going to try to build an outdoor bench from redwood or cedar.


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#1 posted 04-27-2010 01:25 AM

great work, i wish we could hear it.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#2 posted 04-27-2010 03:12 AM

That is cool, i’ve never heard of such a thing but that three string video makes me wonder why I bother with a six string guitar ;)

-- Mike, Western New York

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#3 posted 04-27-2010 03:31 AM

Too cool. Welcome to LJ.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#4 posted 04-27-2010 03:54 AM

Thanks everyone, that video Autumn posted is of Shane Speal the self proclaimed King of the Cigar Box Guitar. He is an awesome player. I built this guitar for a friend so I dont have a sound clip and I am much better at building than playing.


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#5 posted 04-27-2010 03:57 AM

smokin good build. Welcome to LJs

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 04-27-2010 05:10 AM

I attempted built a 6 stringer out of a Macanudo box, but it never really turned out too well. This one looks great.

-- Aaron Possom Town, TN

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#7 posted 04-27-2010 06:59 AM

I am a fan a Macanudo’s, esp. the Maduro’s. Not quite sure this “guitar” will work, but it’s damn creative.

-- Troy Bouffard || Master Sergeant, US Army (Retired) ||

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#8 posted 04-27-2010 08:46 AM

Thanks Troy too. CBG first appeared around the time of the civil war. It was the first instrument that alot of blues musicans ever owned and played. This one has two transducer pickups, one mounted under the bridge and the other mounted to the neck in the box. Its 25 inch scale with perfect intonation. Great sustain too. I sold this one for $150 to a seasoned player. Several national acts use CBG onstage. In fact, many blues, rock and jazz gods got their start banging away on these home made instruments. Blind Willie Johnson, Jimi Hendrix and Charlie Christian are just three. The cigar box guitar is even represented in the Smithsonian. You would be amazed at what you can do with 3 and 4 strings needless to say with only one, a DiddlyBow. Check out for all the build types and vid clips.


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#9 posted 04-27-2010 04:48 PM

Wonderful CBG. I remember making one in 1948. It was mainly a toy and not a true musical instrument like yours, but it did bring back good memories. I enjoyed your story about them too. Thanks.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 04-27-2010 10:39 PM

Amazing! I learned something today too.
Thanks for the clip Autumn. Nice blues sound.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#11 posted 04-28-2010 01:26 AM

Thats awesome Mike…it would be cool if you still had it.


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#12 posted 05-02-2010 02:57 PM

Nice Job ….

I just started building a couple with a 25.5 scale necks. One a 4 string and the other with 6. This is a link to a video that got me started. This lady can really play “Guitar Boogie Shuffle” on that old cigar box.

Marcy Marxer

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