Cigar Box Nation – the online home of the Cigar Box Guitar Community

Cigar Box Nation LogoThese days it isn’t hard to find information about cigar box guitars and cigar box guitar building on the internet. Between sites like this one,, Facebook, YouTube, and a host of other 3rd-party sites, the Internet seems increasingly full of a plethora of information.

It’s easy to forget that there was a time, not all that long ago, when finding information about cigar box guitars was a lot harder. One site that permanently changed that for the better, is, which for the past 6 years has been the central meeting point, community and repository of the cigar box guitar movement.

Cigar Box Nation was founded by Shane Speal in late 2008, and since then it has grown to over 13,000 members from all around the world, who have uploaded hundreds of thousands of photos, videos, forum posts and more.

While CBG enthusiasts have found a number of other venues to show off their creations, “The Nation” as it is called by fans is still the best place to create a permanent record of your creations and get them seen by other builders, and see what others have done. It is also the best place (after this site) to research building and playing info, and ask questions.

So if you haven’t checked out Cigar Box Nation yet, you owe it to yourself to have a look. There is a LOT to take in there, so don’t get overwhelmed your first time. Sign up & join, check out some photos and vids, read some forums and posts, and maybe upload a photo or vid yourself. Get involved, and have fun!

10 thoughts on “Cigar Box Nation – the online home of the Cigar Box Guitar Community”

  1. I would like to thank the CBN founders administrators and contributors for giving me such joy in music and guitar making. What a profit the last few weeks have been to me since joining. God bless you all for doing a great job!
    George M. Ella, Bremerhaven, Germany.

  2. Going to build a guitar for my grandsons birthday. He is guide a six string player and wants a 4 string.

  3. Did you know that here in Canada Cigar Boxes are deemed so subversive & dangerous to public safety that the government has mandated that all cigar manufacturers must supply their cigars in plain, standard color boxes, plain white lettering for manufacturer’s name, no logos, no gold, no colors, no fancy bands around cigars, the only difference between boxes is the manufacturer’s name in a standardized font!

  4. Hey! I am new and I need a little help… I am about to start my first project, and I want to make a 3 string out of an oversized flask. I’m just wondering if it would function…

  5. Hello. I’m new here. I’m about half way through my first CBG build. Just scouting around right now…

  6. We have PDFs of all of the chord forms here on Cigar Box Guitar, however we do not have a compiled chart for download.

  7. Hell0

    Where can I find a COMPLETE downloadable chord chart for OPEN G?

    Please help


  8. Any ideas about making a pickup for 3 string. I am trying to make as much as possible. Im on my first complete build. Ive made mistakes ive already noticed but im gonna allow myself that.

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