The Brick House cigar box guitar

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Project by mountain934 posted 12-22-2012 09:49 AM 3949 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my stringed instrument creations…started out by finding that small sampler box at my local cigar shop. Then i just happen to have a large brickhouse box and thought wow they would look great together in a guitar build. I added some nice looking exotic`s to it to spice it up a bit. The tailpiece is black n white ebony, the input jack plate and the pickup surround are redwood burl, the bone tip bridge is rosewood burl. The pickup is a 6 pole magnetic type but i don`t like seeing those on a build with a 1×2 neck, so to hide it i made that wood surround leaving the 4 middle poles open then i cut down an allen wrench to use as the rail on the poles. It came out great and sounds awesome. 23 1/2” scale length with dulcimer fretting.

-- R.S.Bretz, Pa.

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#1 posted 12-22-2012 10:20 AM

Very nice build

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 12-22-2012 11:33 AM

Great job. This guitar is a work of art!

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#3 posted 12-22-2012 02:06 PM

This is one sweet build, very nice work. This, and your other post – the bridge, leave me with a ton of questions about how you make these. Two examples are: What kind of glue do you use to marry the wood & bone on the bridge? Do you reinforce the cigar boxes, assuming they are cardboard, or are they wood?
I would really like to hear the banjo, what are the odds you could make a video?
Great work, most enjoyable to see, thanks for showing.

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#4 posted 12-22-2012 02:43 PM

Wow! Very cool work!! Make a video! Make a video!!
Nice one!

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#5 posted 12-22-2012 04:18 PM

i hope i can find one of those brickhouse boxes for a future cbg build they are cool looking

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#6 posted 12-22-2012 06:23 PM

fun and well done.

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#7 posted 12-22-2012 06:33 PM

You created a wonderful instrument. Thanks for sharing.

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#8 posted 12-22-2012 09:21 PM

Very nice guitar. I have never seen the smakker sample boxes. I do have the larger one with which I plan on making a small 3-stringer. The wood selection is beautiful.

Oldtool, I assume that the neck runs through the cigar box as I do with the ones that I have made. This way the neck provides plenty of strengthto tension the string properly. The box (some are cardboard but many are still wood) only acts as a resonator.

These are very fun to build, sound good with a small amp, and make great wall art for those who do not play.

Again, well done.

-- She asked me, "Who are you going to please with that?" I said, "Me."

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#9 posted 12-23-2012 06:52 PM

Awesome instrument, as usual.

There is a large community of builders and players of cigar box guitars. You can find lots of info, lessons, photos, videos, groups, forums and even live chat at the Handmade Music Clubhouse There’s also info on all types of homemade instruments and music.

This instrument, many more from Mountain934 (Randy S Bretz), and thousands more incredible instrument builds can be seen & heard at the Clubhouse.

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