Sweet Sue – A Calming CBG

‘Sweet Sue’ was delivered to a young lawyer who keeps it in his office and strums on it to relax. Again, somebody who has never played a musical instrument and is thrilled with the guitar. (Hmmm – can you guess why this is called our ‘Sweet Sue’ model? )

  • 3 string cigar box guitar, acoustic electric
  • Monte Cristo cigar box
  • F-hole sound holes
  • D-style cherry neck, maple fingerboard, white pearloid fret dots, brass side fret dots
  • Scarf joint headstock with mahogany veneer overlay
  • 620 mm scale length (24.4 inches)
  • Nut (polystyrene); floating oak bridge
  • Piezo electric pickup with brass volume control knob; output jack
  • Closed brass tuners
  • Solid brass tailpiece
  • Three string – GDG Open Tuning (strings are .044w, .034w, .026w)
  • Detailed with: brass tailpiece, brass corners, brass guitar strap buttons

Minnie – Simple and Sweet

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‘Minnie’ was delivered to a Customer who didn’t get much time with it. After playing a few songs and showing the family how easy it was to play, the young son grabbed the guitar and song sheets and disappeared upstairs to his bedroom.

Minnie represents a simple minimalist build for a CBG. It lends itself to Customer detailing. The box can be left unfinished and the Customer can add their own artwork or finish to the box.

  • 3 string cigar box guitar, acoustic
  • craft box body, mahogany stain finish; polyurethane overspray
  • poplar neck, brass side fret dots
  • 600 mm scale length (23.6 inches)
  • Nut (polystyrene); floating bridge (oak – not glued onto the guitar)
  • Closed chrome gear tuners
  • Poplar tailpiece with brass ferrules
  • Three string – GDG Open Tuning (strings are .044w, .034w, .026w)

Lizzie – The Cookie Tin Box Lives On!

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“Lizzie” was an experiment – to build a guitar using a cookie tin box. The guitar has a banjo like sound which is quite pleasant.

  • 3 string cigar box guitar, acoustic electric
  • Cookie tin box
  • scarf joint headstock; cherry neck, side fret dots (silver); C style contour
  • 620 mm scale length (24.4 inches)
  • Nut (polystyrene); floating bridge (bone – not glued onto the guitar)
  • Piezo electric pickup with chrome volume control knob; chrome jack
  • Open silver tuners
  • Custom designed aluminum tailpiece
  • Three string – GDG Open Tuning (strings are .044w, .034w, .026w)
  • Detailed with: brass guitar strap buttons

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