All the blues greats from generations past learned to play by building guitars from whatever materials they had available. Our guitars and other instrumetns continue that tradition, using recycled materials wherever possible, but adding modern touches where critical. The result is an excellent playing and sounding instrument and a fantastic conversation piece. You will find it hard to put one down after you pick it up for the first time!
The entire concept of a cigar box guitar is the recycling of found materials. I try to live up to that wherever possible. My guitars are sturdy enough for young players and travel, without compromising sound quality. Most boxes remain fully functional - they can be opened for easy servicing or storage of pics, harmonicas, etc... Some boxes require opening to change the strings. Most of my guitars can easily be modified to include a magnetic pickup, standard or humbucker, if you are so inclined. Feel free to reach out to me on pricing if you are interested in a magnetic pickup on one of my guitars. Or, I can tell you how to do it yourself.
I build cigar box guitars and other instruments by hand in my shop. I source all my materials locally with very few exceptions. Virtually all wood used comes from my stock of sustainably harvested lumber (harvested and milled by me). Some internal bracing and occasional external enhancements come from scrap wood in my shop that originally came from a big box store.
Necks are carved by hand , each one unique, each one desinged for an easy feel when playing.
What do they sound like? Here is a link to a few sound clips courtesy of my son, a sophomore in college. In these he is playing one of my three string Cigar Box Guitars:
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