Free Plans for 3-string Balalaika

Free Balalaika PlansExperienced cigar box guitar builders know that studying traditional & conventional folk instruments is a great place to pick up new tricks and methods for building CBGs.

These free plans are for a 3-string, triangle-body Russian instrument known as the Balalaika. They were written by James H. Flynn, Jr. in the early 80’s and some time ago he made them freely available. This version of them are listed on, the site of the Guild of American Luthiers.

Click the image to the left, or click here, to view the full how-to guide in PDF format.