Lucy – 4 Strings For a Pro

This guitar was purchased by a professional guitar player to add variety to his performances. Lucy was my first 4 string build. It served as a great practice guitar because four high strings are tuned the same as a six string guitar.. Lucy was named in honour of B.B. King who passed away while this guitar was being built.

  • 4 string cigar box guitar, acoustic electric
  • Habanos cigar box, using the back of the box as the face
  • F-hole sound holes
  • cherry neck, mahogany fingerboard, mahogany fret dots
  • 620 mm scale length (24.4 inches)
  • Nut (polystyrene); floating bridge (oak – not glued onto the guitar)
  • Piezo electric pickup with brass volume control knob; output jack
  • Open brass tuners
  • Solid brass tailpiece
  • Four string – DGBE Standard Tuning (strings are .034w, .026w, .017, .013)
  • Detailed with: brass guitar strap buttons
  • With the 4 high strings of a 6 string guitar, has the tone of a tenor guitar

Anna Is Under Medical Care

This custom build was a gift for a medical student, thus the Caduceus on the head stock (see the photos below). Custom logos can be added to any build.

  • 3 string cigar box guitar, acoustic electric
  • Bolivar cigar box
  • poplar neck, poplar fingerboard, mahogany fret dots
  • 620 mm scale length (24.4 inches)
  • Nut (polystyrene); floating bridge (oak – not glued onto the guitar)
  • Piezo electric pickup with brass volume control knob; output jack
  • Open gear brass tuners
  • Solid brass tailpiece
  • Three string – GDG Open Tuning (strings are .044w, .034w, .026w)
  • Detailed with: brass corners, brass sound hole covers, brass guitar strap buttons
  • Custom Logo on Headstock – the Cadeseus – symbolic of the Medical Profession

Maggie Has a Magnetic Pickup

Maggie is in hands of somebody who had never played a guitar before. After finding online sheet music of songs he liked, he is now thrilled at what he is able to play. †

  • 3 string cigar box guitar, acoustic electric
  • Monte Cristo cigar box
  • oak neck, mahogany fingerboard, white pearloid fret dots
  • Fender style headstock
  • 660 mm scale length (26 inches)
  • Nut (polystyrene); floating oak bridge
  • acoustic electric magnetic pickup with brass volume and tone control knobs; output jack
  • Open gear brass tuners
  • Solid brass tailpiece
  • Three string – GDG Open Tuning (strings are .044w, .034w, .026w)
  • Detailed with: brass corners, screened brass sound hole covers, brass guitar strap buttons

Angie – One for the Barber

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This guitar was a custom built for my barber Angelo who had never played any instrument in his life. He is having a blast playing this guitar hooked up to his small portable amp! The box is unique; it is not covered by paper on any of the surfaces, only on the edges and this gives it a fantastic sound.

  • 3 string cigar box guitar, acoustic electric
  • solid wood ‘Punch’ cigar box
  • oak neck, oak fingerboard (stained mahogany), white pearloid fret dots
  • 620 mm scale length (24.4 inches)
  • Nut (polystyrene); floating oak and polystyrene bridge
  • Piezo electric pickup with brass volume control knob; output jack
  • Open gear brass tuners
  • Solid brass tailpiece
  • Three strings – GDG Open Tuning (strings are .044w, .034w, .026w)
  • Detailed with: brass corners, screened brass sound hole covers, brass guitar strap buttons

Jenny – Our First CBG

“Jenny” was my first build. Unable to find a cigar box, I used a craft box from Michaels. The sound was quite good, great sustain, I got hooked and kept on building. Why “Jenny”? I was giving thought to giving each guitar a name and happened to be watching “Forrest Gump”, when the old man said to Forrest, “Boat’s gotta have a name, bad luck to have a boat without a name”. Jenny. Jenny is my go to CBG for performing at Farmer’s Markets and other volunteer events.

  • 3 string cigar box guitar, acoustic electric
  • solid wood craft box
  • oak neck, oak fingerboard (stained mahogany), white pearloid fret dots
  • 620 mm scale length (24.4 inches)
  • Nut (polystyrene); floating oak bridge
  • Dual piezo electric pickups with Fender style volume control knob; output jack
  • Closed gear silver tuners
  • Open tailpiece
  • Three string – GDG Open Tuning (strings are .044w, .034w, .026w)
  • Detailed with: brass corners, brass guitar strap buttons, Ovation style sound holes