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Welcome to the world of Cigar Box Guitars! Joe Caruso is my name and I  hand build instruments from cigar boxes. And just for fun, I have also built with cookie tin boxes and craft boxes. I have been fortunate to sell guitars to experienced musicians who have requested custom orders. But, my guitars are also in the hands of people who never, ever expected to be able to play anything. And they are now easily playing rock, blues, and popular songs. This is a humbling and heart warming experience for me – I have enabled people to play and enjoy music even more! 

Come again – Easy to Play?

If you can pinch your thumb and pointing finger together, and poke with your fingers, you can play a Cigar Box Guitar (CBG). Easy to play starting chords are provided in the booklet that comes with each of guitar, plus links to sites which provide free sheet music for many songs. Click here for more info.

Photo Gallery

Those that are available and for sale are shown with a price. Click on the name or photo of each model for details and more photos.

3 String Guitars

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       Jennie                              Maggie                                            Lizzie

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               Minnie                                       Sweet Sue



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4 String Tenor Guitars

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         Ricky                                 Bobby                                            Slayer



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Ukuleles – Cigar Box and Other

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Famous Musicians Playing Cigar Box Guitars

Paul McCartney …. B. B. King…. and a few others. Yes, for real. Serious professional musicians also play these guitars. Here are links to photos with our celebrity musicians and their cigar box guitars.

Paul McCartney              B.B. King                     Jimi Hendrix

Bo Diddley                       Johnny Depp              Paul Simon

Ron Wood                        Steven Tyler               Keith Richards    

Jeff Beck      

Yes, I really really would like to post the photos but darn! due to copyright restrictions, I can only post the links without getting hassled.  

A little more about Joe

Once upon a time, I worked as a project management consultant for Fortune 100 International, Canadian and US companies. I was researching electric guitar kits in 2012 and discovered the world of Cigar Box Guitars (CBGs). It seemed worthwhile to get experience building a guitar from scratch before tackling a serious kit. But I got hooked on CBGs and here I am,  still building, selling a few, and watching the faces of novices light up as they learn to play their CBG.

Here’s how I got hooked. The sound of my first build, “Jenny”,  was amazing, even without amplification. It had great volume and sustain. More CBGs followed, a few didley bows (one string cigar box guitars) and then the cigar box ukulele. Yes, I have drifted from project management, but the professional discipline has not been lost – I work to build precision CBGs, so they sound great, as efficiently and as cost effective as possible, and have fun doing it.

To learn a bit more about CBGs, there is a video I produced which explains the history and the building of cigar box guitars – “Building Cigar Box Guitars” It was entered into a “What Is Your Unique Hobby?”  contest for Toronto’s Vision TV and won first prize.

Follow us on Instagram – joecarusoguitars_cbg_ukulele

You will find short videos and photos that show how different components and stages of guitar building, and of course the finished product.

Follow us on YouTube – “Joe Caruso Guitars”

There are a number of videos showing my instruments being played.

Thank You!

Thanks for dropping by and visiting my website. If you have any questions or comments, email me from the ‘Contact’ menu selection. Have a great day!