Cigar Box Guitar #001

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Project by Randy Price posted 08-29-2010 07:35 PM 2285 views 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my 1st cigar box guitar. The box is an Aturo Fuente.

The neck was made from a 3 foot piece of 1”x4” poplar from the home center. I ripped it in two, glued the faces together and sized it down to 1 1/2” x 1 1/2”. I then shaped the neck free hand with a drawknife, rasp and files.

The fretboard was made from a piece of walnut I had on hand.

It has an internal piezo pickup from Radio Shack. The scale length is 24.5”; the guitar is about 33” long.

I have a sample of the sound at my web site: Cigar Box Guitar #001 sound sample


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#1 posted 08-29-2010 07:49 PM

Amaizing work!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 08-29-2010 08:07 PM

wonderful work, impressive design

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#3 posted 08-29-2010 09:05 PM

Very nice and it sounds great too!

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#4 posted 08-29-2010 09:19 PM

Good stuff!
Did you use any reference materials or did you just wing it?

-- Michael Jos Moore | Farmington, UT

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#5 posted 08-29-2010 09:29 PM

cool cigar box guitar! I’ve been wanting to make one of these for a while! Just gotta find the time!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#6 posted 08-29-2010 09:46 PM

I didn’t use any specific plans. Cigar Box Nation web site was my main source of ideas plus I googled other builders and used what I liked from their builds.


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#7 posted 08-29-2010 11:45 PM

Great guitar! Did you get the pleasure of initially emptying it as well?

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#8 posted 08-29-2010 11:52 PM

Ironically – I don’t smoke. I showed my son in law some cigar box web sites, he really liked them and got me some cigar boxes from a tobacco shop. I owe him a guitar for the find.


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#9 posted 08-30-2010 03:06 PM

Nice Arturo!! What did you use for frets? Did you set it up for slide or fretting?

-- Dennis, WV

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#10 posted 08-30-2010 04:35 PM

I used regular fret wire for the frets. It is set up for a slide (high action).


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#11 posted 08-30-2010 07:23 PM

That is too cool! It sounds like the theme from Deadwood. Nice job!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#12 posted 10-07-2012 11:06 PM

So awesome!

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