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Cigar Box Guitar number 10

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Project by drbyte posted 12-21-2010 05:12 PM 3807 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was number 10 in the Cigar Box Guitar series. It is a three string slide style blues guitar, but has pretty good action for fretting also. It was made for a dear friend of mine who has shared many guitar playing evenings with me and has taught me a lot a bout playing guitar. He truly is a mentor both in the fire service and the music world, both to myself and to many others through the years. Just my way of saying ‘THANKS’ to JD. The neck is cherry with a walnut fretboard. The hardware is gold plated and the frets are solid gold alloy. Nut is black corian. The saddle is bubinga with a brass key for the bridge. A rough ‘Rocky Patel’ box was used so the lid was turned inside out to be smoother. It has a piezo element pickup under the bridge. Sound-hole trim rings are gold plated sink drains. It is a good sounding git. Really good sustain. Real bluesy sounding when amplified. Truly a most enjoyable build and a definitely successful instrument. Hope he enjoys playing it as much as I enjoyed building it! Thanks for viewing/commenting!

-- Dennis, WV





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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 12-21-2010 05:25 PM

WAY COOL!!!!!!!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Lewis Baumstark, Jr.

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#2 posted 12-21-2010 05:45 PM

I love seeing these on LJ. This is the kind of project that motivates me into the shop.

-- Every time I walk in my shop I thank my dad, my geometry teacher, and my drafting instructor...in that order.

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SST

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#3 posted 12-21-2010 06:05 PM

Wow. Makes me want to smoke more cigars! Very tempting to try after seeing this. Not being a guitar guy, I think I’d try for an acoustical ukulele. Really beautiful! -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#4 posted 12-21-2010 08:31 PM

Very Cool, What size is it? I love the design.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#5 posted 12-21-2010 10:18 PM

Seriously cool! A work of art.

-- Dale, Oregon

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DonH

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#6 posted 12-21-2010 11:17 PM

Nice piece of work – I especially like the improv adaption of common items to make a musical instrument, and a fine one it seems as well.

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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drbyte

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#7 posted 12-21-2010 11:53 PM

ShopsmithTom: Ukes are even more fun. I’ve posted a couple and have just finished three more. Will post them shortly. I’m working on a blog with all steps included if you want to try one. Dennis: The neck is 25”, same as a PaulReedSmith. Thanks everybody for the great comments.

-- Dennis, WV

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#8 posted 12-21-2010 11:56 PM

Very nice job! I’m actually making my first CBG right now. It won’t look this good. I’m just hoping it works :)

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#9 posted 12-22-2010 02:08 AM

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#10 posted 12-22-2010 06:29 AM

WoodSmith1: don’t give up, it’ll work! Keep on keepin’ on, they only get better!

-- Dennis, WV

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#11 posted 12-22-2010 08:53 AM

Bad to the bone!

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bvdon

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#12 posted 12-22-2010 08:56 AM

I’d love to hear how that sounds. Maybe you can get your friend to play a little on YouTube.

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#13 posted 12-23-2010 01:41 AM

Yes please – lets hear how it sounds

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#14 posted 12-23-2010 03:42 AM

Just search “cigar box guitar” on youtube. They sound great!

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#15 posted 12-31-2012 04:46 PM

I just got me 4 cigar boxes and I will have to begin when the garage warms up. :-)
These are awesome instruments and not to be underrated. They make awesome sounds, just check You Tube out..

-- Mike

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