Pine Box Resonator Guitar

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Project by ParksArt posted 04-22-2012 02:11 AM 5374 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Cigar Box Guitars are a real passion for me. It’s actually my main woodworking area. If you don’t know CBG’s are primitive instruments build mainly with found objects and usually have 3 or 4 strings. It’s what alot of poor folks in the south played tunes on. Many blues players started with these instruments.

On this particular build, I used a pet dish as a resonator. I built a pinebox to house it and used poplar for the neck and headstock.

The top of the box is some scrap luan from the carpentry department at the high school where I teach.(visual art..not carpentry ha!)

The soundhole covers are sink drain screens!

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Rick M

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#1 posted 04-22-2012 07:44 AM

I’m working on a wind harp but afterward I hope to start cigar box guitar. Very inspiring.


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#2 posted 04-22-2012 11:48 AM

I think it has a great look

Home crafted instruments have a great feel to them


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 04-22-2012 01:58 PM

Nice looking project. I like the way you searched for common objects to make a great looking musical instrument.
On your next project would you consider doing a blog. Something like the guiter that Randy Price is doing?

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#4 posted 04-22-2012 03:31 PM

Oh yes! Show us more!

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#5 posted 04-22-2012 03:33 PM

Nice job, looks great

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#6 posted 04-22-2012 08:41 PM

Brilliant! I love it! Sea Sick Steve would be proud.

-- Gossamer shavings just floating around the back yard….-Bandit

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will delaney

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#7 posted 04-22-2012 11:30 PM

Great CBG!!! Glad you found LJ keep on posting you CBG and welcome to a great woodworking site. I”m working on my first CBG build. Hope to post soon.

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#8 posted 04-23-2012 09:43 PM

Great job, I’ve always wanted to try a build.

-- Measure twice, cut once.

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Rick M

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#9 posted 04-24-2012 05:39 AM

The headstock is two pieces, I’m curious how you made a strong end grain to end grain joint?


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#10 posted 04-24-2012 05:46 AM

Great job. My passion is building instruments in odd as well. Nice job.

-- Mauijoe, Hawaii

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#11 posted 12-10-2013 11:37 PM

Flat out love this!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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