About my Cigar Box Guitars

If you dig the Blues, or if you're just looking for a different sound, be sure to check out these cigar box guitars. They were first seen around the Civil War and really exploded in popularity during the early 1900's. Musicians at the time couldn't afford professional instruments, so they made their own, often using a broomstick or piece of wood from a fence or shed for a neck and broom wire for strings. They were very rustic instruments with a very unique tone.

I've modernized my guitars a bit to give you a professional instrument. I start with a great cigar box for a body. I craft the neck from maple and add a nice fingerboard made of a wood that goes well with the cigar box (walnut, cherry, maple, padauk, bocote, zebrawood, rosewood, or others). I add and dress the frets (although I can certainly leave the guitar fretless if you want). Then I add some nice tuning machines and a piezo pickup. The action is set low enough to easily play chords or fingerstyle, but I can set it a little higher if you like to play with a slide.

These guitars can easily be tuned to an open chord so you can get started rocking within minutes. If you're looking for a particular tuning, whether it's an open chord or something else, just let me know and I'll make sure the guitar is set up and strung to your specifications.