Cigar Box Guitar--Arturo Fuente

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Project by drbyte posted 05-05-2010 08:44 PM 5136 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After finding a site about Cigar Box Guitars, I just had to try it. It’s been a really great project, fun to build and fun to play. Mahogany for the neck, covered tuners, 3/32” brass rod for frets, 1/8” brass rod for fret marker dots and a 1/4” brass bolt for the bridge. Piezo element glued to top in the dead center inside. Really rips through a good amp. An Arturo Fuente ‘Petit Corona” box for the body, real wood! 25” scale. Multiple coats of Danish oil for the neck. Hope to start another one real soon. I’ve got enough mahogany for two-three more necks. This one is made for playing with a slide, very high strings, frets are just for position and looks.

-- Dennis, WV

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#1 posted 05-05-2010 09:46 PM

This looks like a lot of fun. I wonder, what does it sound like. Apart from the obvious.


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#2 posted 05-05-2010 09:47 PM

wow thats crazy. You got audio of this thing? I like the looks of the cigar box too. Well done.

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#3 posted 05-05-2010 09:50 PM

Nice work, I like the mahogany neck. I want to build a “dobro” style, but haven’t work out the resonator yet. I would like to hear some audio from this creation.

-- "Nothing is worse than a brilliant picture of a fuzzy concept"--Ansel Adams

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#4 posted 05-05-2010 10:34 PM

Great job on this one. There is a short clip of a guy playing one at his booth on one of Lazy Larrys vids this week.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#5 posted 05-06-2010 04:38 AM

I thougth I was going to be original instead of a macanudo I picked up two Arturo Fuente boxes just today to start my CBG. Which plans did you work off of, or did you just wing it? I still have a few things I haven’t figured out before I start my build. How does yours sound without the amp, does it make a decent acoustic?

-- Mike, Western New York

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#6 posted 05-12-2010 04:10 PM

Thanks for looking guys. Sorry for the delayed response but I’ve been out of town camping. The Arturo Fuente box I used was from “Petite” cigars and is a bit small for good acoustic sound. Bigger box would be better but it is a pretty box. I had no plans, just a picture somebody gave me. It was a lot of fun. While out of town I ‘scrounged’ enough cherry, maple, walnut and mahogany for about 6-8 more necks. I’ve got to get busy! Won’t have much free time for the next 2 weeks or so though. Sound through an amp is really great, I have tried it on several full size Peavey and Fender amps as well as a Roland Micro-Cube. It sounds great with the Roland set to ‘JC Clean’ and ‘chorus’ about mid way. Real twangy and bluesey! I’m going to use a hand wound pickup in the next one. Everybody that sees it want’s one. I actually have firm orders for 3 and 1 more probable. Took 4 long evening to make the first one, the next one should go a little bit quicker though. Fretting the neck was really the most tedious part. I’ve also added brass ‘box corners’ and 3 brass string hold down screws near the pegs.

-- Dennis, WV

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#7 posted 05-13-2010 12:00 AM

How much are you selling them for?

-- Mike, Western New York

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#8 posted 05-13-2010 01:01 AM


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#9 posted 02-16-2012 10:40 PM

Congratulations, very nice

I have a question: can you tell me the size of the box:

The length of the neck mahogany.

Thank you…..................

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#10 posted 02-19-2012 02:27 AM

Thanks enzo61, The total neck length is 33 inches. The scale, from bridge to nut is 25 inches, pety much the same as a ‘standard’ guitar. The key head is 5 inches from tip to nut. This box is right at 6 inches by 8 inches and nearly 3 inches thick. I use all sizes of boxes, most are a little bigger than this one. Box size is not critcal at all for this style guitar. Some makers use double bottle wine boxes and they work great. This neck is about 1 inch thick but .75 inches will work for three strings, just use a light gauge string. Try one!! you’ll have a great time and one will not likely be enough! I’ve made probably about thirty now in the past three years or so. Several guitars like this one, several ukuleles, and about 5 bass quitars with two metal strings or three or four nylon weed whaker type strings. Have fun!!

-- Dennis, WV

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