How to Build a 3-string Cigar Box Guitar – Free Plans

This free 8-page guide will show you all of the steps needed to build your first 3-string slide Cigar Box Guitar. The guide makes it easy, outlining all of the parts and tools you will need (along with helpful hints on where to get them), and with clear, photo-illustrated instructions on how to assemble your instrument.

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This free 8-page guide will show you all of the steps needed to build your first 3-string slide Cigar Box Guitar. The guide makes it easy, outlining all of the parts and tools you will need (along with helpful hints on where to get them), and with clear, photo-illustrated instructions on how to assemble your instrument.

How to Build a 3-string Cigar Box Guitar
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13 thoughts on “How to Build a 3-string Cigar Box Guitar – Free Plans”

  1. Hey there Jeff!

    We haven’t played around with White Birch or Red Oak to be able to comment on how they might affect the sound, though there may be information out there on how those woods resonate. Pine has been the choice of a good number of builders for their lap steels and they have all come out sounding great!

  2. I plan on building a 3 string lap steel from a 2×4. What kind of wood do you think will resonate best, I have white birch, red oak, and pine. Thanks in advance for any help you can give. And hello from Rindge NH!

  3. A coping saw can be used, just make sure you get one with a nice thin blade that cuts a slot about 0.023″ wide. Test in a piece of scrap. Saw the slot just a little deeper than the “tang” of the fret wire that will be going into it… usually a little over 1/16″ will do.

  4. Gluing it to the underside of the box lid right where the bridge goes would be a good starting point. Honestly though, a rod piezo might not be the best option for this neck-on-top style of instrument.

  5. I wish to order fretting supplies. I will use medium medium. Can I use a coping saw to cut the slots? How deep should i cut the slots?

  6. I have a question not a comment. Are there plans for a Bass guitar ? If so who do I contact. A, C, T.

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