Cigar Box Guitars

Susie
Susie
@susie
4 months ago
327 posts

Phroedrick:

Okay, I admit I have a love affair with making cigar box guitars and, especially, cigar box ukuleles. I make them and usually give them away to kids in the family or someone with an interest in learning music and not enough coin for a basic instrument. I’m including a picture of a recent uke. It’s my favorite so far, and is concert length.

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That is really neat!


updated by @susie: 07/05/19 01:41:46PM
Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
4 months ago
975 posts

@Phroedrick That is a cool c'box uke! 




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Phroedrick
Phroedrick
@phroedrick
4 months ago
52 posts

Okay, I admit I have a love affair with making cigar box guitars and, especially, cigar box ukuleles. I make them and usually give them away to kids in the family or someone with an interest in learning music and not enough coin for a basic instrument. I’m including a picture of a recent uke. It’s my favorite so far, and is concert length.

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kjb
@kjb
8 months ago
11 posts

Pondoro:

I've always seen CBG's and CBU's tuned in fourths. You  can tune ukes and guitars in fifths but it is rare. Tenor guitars are probably tuned in fifths most of the time. 

I’ve been looking at three string cigar box guitars and most seem to be tuned as GDG, or similar tuning.  Often played with a slide.  Check out  https://www.cigarboxguitar.com/knowledge-base/5565/

 

Kevin R.
Kevin R.
@kevin-r
8 months ago
14 posts

That's some mighty fine playing, Randy. It not only sounds great, it's just plain fun to watch too!

Randy Adams
Randy Adams
@randy-adams
8 months ago
98 posts
Ken Longfield:

Nice, Randy. I could sit and listen to you play all day. Might need a break for pizza though.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Stop over again then Ken we'll head for Old Chicago!
Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
8 months ago
620 posts

Nice, Randy. I could sit and listen to you play all day. Might need a break for pizza though.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

kjb
@kjb
8 months ago
11 posts

Love it.  Thanks for posting.

Pondoro
Pondoro
@pondoro
8 months ago
22 posts

That looks and sounds great!

Randy Adams
Randy Adams
@randy-adams
8 months ago
98 posts

I made this cig box dulcimer a few years back still like to play it.
Pondoro
Pondoro
@pondoro
8 months ago
22 posts

I've always seen CBG's and CBU's tuned in fourths. You can tune ukes and guitars in fifths but it is rare. Tenor guitars are probably tuned in fifths most of the time. 

kjb
@kjb
8 months ago
11 posts

I need a cigar box uke or guitar.  Since they are often tuned in 5ths like mountain dulcimers, do you find it helps playing them?

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
last year
975 posts

@pondoro You've made some great-looking ukuleles!  




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Pondoro
Pondoro
@pondoro
last year
22 posts

So these are cigar box ukuleles. Both boxes are more than 40 years old. All wood was cut in America (I cannot vouch for the boxes). The larger one has homemade maple tuning pegs, the smaller one has professionally made tuners. 

 

The walnut on the smaller one was harvested by my father. The maple for the tuning pegs on the larger one came from the flooring of a 1900-ish house. Trying to reproduce what a kid in the 1920's might have made, if he had time, tools and skill but no money. 

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updated by @pondoro: 10/31/18 08:14:12PM
Terry Wilson
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson
last year
263 posts
Cool. Real cool.
MollieNeuman
MollieNeuman
@mollieneuman
last year
4 posts

This is really nice.

jp
@jp
last year
35 posts

here is a better one.... the headstock would be pointing down...

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jp
@jp
last year
35 posts

like this...

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
last year
975 posts

Nice work, jp. 




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one of the Moderators here :)
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jp
@jp
last year
35 posts

they fret less ..... but with wood burned markers on the side of the neck. fretted Chromatically like a guitar

Noah Coy Barfield
Noah Coy Barfield
@noah-coy-barfield
last year
6 posts

Beautiful work!  Did you fret them more like a dulcimer or like a guitar?

jp
@jp
last year
35 posts

i mentioned i built some Cigar box guitars... here are a couple.....the black (Punch) one i built for

my grandson.... funny thing is when he received it he had punched a wall screwed up his

picking hand.....

the red one (American) i built for my son.... they are all slide guitars tuned GDG

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updated by @jp: 10/27/19 12:02:25PM