Model 6 – Lizzie – Cookie Tin CBG

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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.

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

Model 5 – Lucy – 4 String CBG

This guitar was purchased by a professional guitar player to add to his performances. Lucy was our first 4 string build and served as a great practice guitar. Lucy was named in honour of B.B. King who passed away while this guitar was being built.

  • BUILD DETAILS
  • 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 (sandwiched between mahogany shims) 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

Model 4 – Anna

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.

  • BUILD DETAILS
  • 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

Model 3 – Maggie

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. †

  • BUILD DETAILS
  • 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 bridge (oak – not glued onto the guitar)
  • 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

Model 2 – Angie

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This guitar was 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 rare; it is not covered by paper on any of the surfaces, only on the edges and this gives it a fantastic sound.

  • BUILD DETAILS
  • 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 bridge (polystyrene – not glued onto the guitar)
  • Piezo electric pickup with brass volume control knob; output jack
  • Open 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

Model 1 – Jenny

“Jenny” was the first. We couldn’t find a cigar box so we used a craft box from Michaels. The sound was quite good and we got hooked and kept on building. Why “Jenny”? We were giving thought to naming our guitars 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.

  • BUILD DETAILS
  • 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 bridge (polystyrene – not glued onto the guitar)
  • 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