Cigar Box Guitar #2

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Project by Mike Gager posted 01-07-2013 05:40 AM 1638 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

heres the second cigar box guitar ive made. Its a punch paper covered box with a maple neck and walnut fret board. piezo rod pickup under the bridge. sounds pretty good!

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#1 posted 01-07-2013 07:41 AM

Hi Mike, I hope that you have a source for the cigar boxes . . . or are you the one who smokes the contents?
Since I’m not very familiar with these, I’ll ask the question – are they typically 3 string instruments, or does the number of strings vary with the builder? I’m assuming that 6 strings would create too much force for a typical cigar box.
Looks good. Wish we could hear it.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 01-07-2013 11:42 AM

hi john, no worries,i dont smoke the cigars! a local cigar shop sells the empty boxes. they just stack them in a pile in the corner, only bad thing is you smell like a cigar shop after going in there lol

and yes you are correct typically these are 3 string. most people tune them to an “open” tuning such as open G which would be Gdg using the 3rd (g), 4th (d), and 5th (A) strings off of a 6 string guitar. the A string is then tuned down to G which makes the open chord. they are usually played in this manner with a slide

4 string versions are somewhat popular as well, and open up a bit more playing possibilities. and as you surmise 6 string versions do create a lot of extra force on the box and neck. it is very possible to build one though you just have to add the needed reinforcements and build accordingly.

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#3 posted 01-07-2013 08:04 PM

Looks great, I love it!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#4 posted 01-07-2013 08:05 PM

Hi Mike,
Thanks for the explanation. My wife gave me a classical Martin a number of years ago (still have to learn to play it), but a few weeks ago, the bridge simply let go. Now I have a guitar project of my own to work on.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#5 posted 01-07-2013 08:33 PM

Looks amazing, I’ve never seen a guitar like this …
Cool idea..

-- amit oz renovation contractor,

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#6 posted 01-07-2013 11:15 PM


Rather than marry the box to the neck, it is more common to have the neck run through the box and come out the bottom slightly. The strings are then mounted to the same neck on both ends and there is plenty of strength to tension the strings.

Mike, the guitar looks very nice. I have dark blue and red Punch boxes (and many others) waiting to be made into guitars. The two that I have posted were wooden. I believe that the colored punch boxes are cardboard. Did you have any issues working with this type of box?

Again, very nice.


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

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#7 posted 01-08-2013 01:46 AM

hey tim, no problems at all with the paper punch box, i hope i can find more for future builds! i also like the wood gran puro punch box you used those are cool!

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#8 posted 01-08-2013 02:30 AM

That is a unique looking guitar I must say .
I still smoke the odd cigar and enjoy the flavour and s=aroma and this would look good in the den hanging on the wall since I am not musical but enjoy classical guitar music a lot .

-- Kiefer

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