Cigar box guitar

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Project by JJohnston posted 10-21-2012 05:36 PM 3689 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Or, “My version of ATF: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms”.

It’s a Tabak Especial box, about 9×7x3. Sides are really soft, maybe cedar or mahogany, with plywood top and bottom. It has a maple through neck, hickory nut and bridge, and the G, D, and A strings (#2, 3 and 4) from a light acoustic string set, which I have tuned to G, D, G for slide playing. The bushings at the string anchorage are pop rivets with the stems removed. I wired up a piezo pickup (you can see the jack on the front), but it sounded so good acoustic that I decided to build the amp another day, and closed it up with screws. They’re little pocket screws with the thick head – they’re in the lower corners where they don’t show too much. See my blog for a few more construction pictures.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#1 posted 10-21-2012 08:54 PM

Makes me want to fire up a cigar with a glass of whiskey. Nice job!

-- John, BC, Canada

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#2 posted 10-22-2012 05:34 PM

Temptation to became a smoker

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 08-31-2013 03:05 PM

Very nice, I just built my 1st one and it was a blast!

-- Mike

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#4 posted 03-31-2016 09:09 PM

very nice! I’ve been trying to find a decent cigar box but it seems to be noone smokes cigars in this town.

Damn healthy people.


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#5 posted 03-31-2016 10:08 PM

Look around for smoke shops. I found one that would sell me their boxes. I bought several so they gave me a discount.

-- Mike

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