This article on how to build a cigar box ukulele comes from the June, 1917 edition of Popular Mechanics. In it S. H. Samuels walks the reader through the basics of constructing a uke, which in 1917 “was made at a cost of 30 cents, by careful selection of materials from the shop scrap stock.”
This is the full how-to guide from C. B. Gitty’s Cigar Box Ukulele kit. While written with a focus on assembling the kit C. B. Gitty sells (which includes all of the parts and hardware you need in one easy package), this how-to guide is a good general introduction to building a cigar box ukulele, and could be useful if you want to try it on your own from scratch.
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Step-by-step instructions from the early 1900’s, including a detailed diagram, on building a cigar box Ukulele. Continue reading “Cigar Box Ukulele Plans by Charles A. King (circa 1920)”
The ultimate beginners guide to make your own 3-string cigar box guitar
By Glenn Watt
Do you wonder how difficult it would be to make a cigar box guitar?
Are you worried that you don’t have the tools or experience to do such a thing?
Look, not only can you make a cigar box guitar, but you will with this easy-to-follow plan.
This plan starts out by listing the tools you’ll need.
Then you’ll see the resources and hardware that you’ll use.
After that, you’ll follow a clear, step-by-step plan filled with crisp, colorful images to build a 3 string, fretless, cigar box guitar.
Enough with all the talk. Let’s do this!