Cigar box guitar

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Project by JJohnston posted 642 days ago 1280 views 2 times favorited 3 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.

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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1016 posts in 884 days

#1 posted 641 days ago

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

-- John, BC, Canada

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3223 posts in 1466 days

#2 posted 641 days ago

Temptation to became a smoker

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 328 days ago

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

-- Mike

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