Everything Cigar Box Guitar – News, How-To & More

Cigar Box InstrumentsWelcome to CigarBoxGuitar.com, the headquarters of all things related to Cigar Box Guitars and the homemade/handmade music revolution! 

This site is presented by C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply and Cigar Box Nation. This is the central landing page and clearinghouse for all things CBG – from the most recent news and events, to an ever-growing knowledgebase of how-to information, to builder profiles, featured instruments and more!

Here are some handy links to help you find what you need on this site:

  • The Cigar Box Guitar Manifesto – the mission statement and rallying cry of the Cigar Box Guitar movement, as written by C. B. Gitty.
  • How to Build Cigar Box Guitars – An ever-growing collection of articles specifically on how to build cigar box guitars.
  • How to Play Cigar Box Guitars – Articles and Videos related to making music with cigar box guitars.
  • CigarBoxNation.com – Home of the Cigar Box Guitar movement on the internet, with over 12,500 members from around the world. The perfect place to talk to other builders, get advice and tips, ask specific how-to questions, view and upload pictures and videos, and generally have fun.
  • Cigar Box Guitar Kits  – If you are looking for an easy way to build your first cigar box guitar, consider one of C. B. Gitty’s kits!  Gitty’s new “Pure and Simple” Cigar Box Guitar kit is the easiest-to-build kit available anywhere, and the perfect way to get started on this amazing hobby!
  • Cigar Box Guitar Parts, Gear and Accessories – C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply is the largest supplier of kits, parts, gear and accessories to the cigar box guitar and homemade music movement. Check out their web store and get ready to start building!

Product Feature: Screened Sound Hole Inserts for Cigar Box Guitars

 

ScreenedSHCsIf you have been looking for something new to use in the sound hole of your next cigar box guitar, have a look at these cool screened resonator guitar-style sound hole inserts.

These parts have always been a bit harder to find than many other more common guitar parts, and when you do they are pricy. For example, parts (and price!) giant Stewmac has the chrome version for $12.22 per pair, plus shipping.

C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply has been selling these in Chrome, Gold and Black for several years, and at just $7.29 for a set of two (chrome style), the savings should be apparent.

Gitty uses these extensively in his own in-house CBG building operation. The most common method of installing them is to cut your circular sound hole and then use hot glue from the back of the panel to seat them in place.

These are just screaming to be used on your next great CBG build, so browse on over and check them out today! Here are the direct links:

Happy building!

AEA Tuning Article (with sound clips) Just Posted!

34-017-01 Image 3We’ve just added the next part of our running series of articles on 3-string CBG tunings to our knowledgebase. This one covers the “Open A” AEA, a very nice tuning option that tends to be underutilized. Check out the article here:

 

http://www.cigarboxguitar.com/knowledge-base/open-a-aea-tuning-on-your-cigar-box-guitar-4-methods-with-string-sizes-sound-clips/

Have you ever wanted to build a cigar box amplifier? New video shows you how

C. B. Gitty has just posted an in-depth video showing you how to build a cigar box amp using their “Oliva G” amplifier kit (product# 52-003-02). From drilling and cutting the cigar box, to wiring the components and finishing assembly, this video has it all. While the video is specific to Gitty’s pre-packaged amplifier kit, you can use this same information for your own amplifier projects as well.

This video is a detailed, step-by-step walkthrough that shows you every step of the process. If you have been thinking about trying to build a cigar box amplifier, but haven’t been sure you could, this video is for you!

New Cigar Box Guitar How-to Video: Installing Fret Position Markers in Your CBG Fretboard

Be sure to check out the latest how-to video from Glenn Watt, in which he shows you how to install fret position markers in your cigar box guitar fretboard using wooden dowels and simple tools. Here is the link to the knowledgebase entry:

http://www.cigarboxguitar.com/knowledge-base/video-how-to-install-fret-markers-on-your-cigar-box-guitar-fretboard/

Just Posted: The Cigar Box Guitar Tuning Cheat Sheet!

34-018-01 Image 3C. B. Gitty just posted his top secret cheat sheet in the knowledgebase here on CigarBoxGuitar.com! This article shows you the exact string gauges to use for pretty much any tuning you could want on a 25″ scale cigar box guitar. This simple chart demystifies choosing the right size strings to hit any note from double low B all the way up to high A.

There is no longer any reason to be afraid of trying custom funky tunings on your cigar box guitars! No more guesswork, broken strings or frustration. Just decide on a tuning you want to try, refer to the chart, and grab your strings. If only everything were this easy!

New Cigar Box Guitar Tuning Article: Open E “EBE” with sound clips!

C. B. Gitty has just published the third installment in his series of 3-string cigar box guitar tuning how-to articles. This one covers the Open E “EBE” tuning, which is great for the blues! This tuning was used by Shane Speal on his recently released album Holler!, on the tracks Big Leg Woman/Swing the Hammer, specifically because this tuning gives you that raw, growly blues sound.

Click Here to View the Open E EBE Tuning Article

The article gives you the exact pitches and string sizes to achieve this tuning on a cigar box guitar in the range of 24-25″ scale length, and also includes sound clips of Gitty playing each tuning on a cigar box guitar, so you can get a feel for what the sound like.

Shane Speal plays The Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood” on the Cigar Box Guitar

This is the classic Beatles song, beautifully rendered by Shane Speal on his stage-beaten and time-worn Macanudo 3-string cigar box guitar. Shane really captures the dark and subtle depth of this simple yet nuanced tune.

Kids can build Cigar Box Guitars – Just keep it Pure & Simple

Tim Ellis and Daughter - Pure & Simple Kit

C. B. Gitty customer Tim Ells recently sent us these pictures of his daughter and himself building a cigar box guitar using Gitty’s Pure & Simple Cigar Box Guitar Kit. This is what it’s all about, and exactly what Gitty had in mind when designing the kit!

How-To Video: Installing a Magnetic Pickup Harness in a Cigar Box Guitar

If you have been wanting to try a magnetic pickup in your a cigar box guitar, but weren’t sure where to start, check out this new video from Glenn Watt. Glenn walks you through the installation of C. B. Gitty’s “Florentine Screamer” pre-wired magnetic pickup harness from start to finish, giving you all of the know-how you need to dive into your next build.

Cigar Box Guitars get a mention in Rolling Stone

The humble Cigar Box Guitar recently got a mention in Rolling Stone, at least the online edition. In listing the 20 most iconic guitars, Bo Diddley’s rectangular electric guitar came up and they mentioned how he used to build his own cigar box guitars, and even gave one to Dick Clark once. Check out the Rolling Stone page here.