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Total build (not including glue dry time) took about 3 hours for this guitar. I did my best to use the most inexpensive parts possible. The only tools I use to carve the neck are a knife, hand saw, and a sharp hatchet. Green wood is the easiest to carve, but you risk it splitting as it dries. I used a green piece of maple cut off the tree only hours before and had no problems.

The cigar box should be as strong as possible, made of solid wood, not cardboard or particle board. Java by Drew Estate uses an excellent box for this, and makes for a very nice looking instrument. The one I came across I have already used to make a stomp box, but if I find another it will become a guitar.

Parts list:
Tuning Heads - $18
Cigar Box - $2
1/4" Jack - $2
Bolts (bridge/nut) - $1
Neck - Free
Microphone (speaker harvested from any outdated electronics) - Free
Finishing Nails - Pennies...Free enough

Certainly there are ways to make a nicer instrument. The point of this video is to show how quickly and cheaply a guitar can be made, not how to make a masterpiece. Depending on the feedback I get from this video I may make another showing how to build a nicer fretted guitar.
<p>How did you mod the speaker?</p>
<p>It doesn't need to be modded. A speaker turns electrical energy into vibrations, and can thus turn vibrations into electrical energy. All speakers are inherently microphones, and vice versa.</p>
<p>Well I am a guitar player and I can honestly say you have turned my imagination onto these instruments... great instructions and great playing... cheers</p>
awesome I actually saw your video on youtube first but when I saw your account name here I had to check it out again. I was wondering do you think it would be daminging to the box to screw the neck into the end so it will be longer?
The neck has to run all the way through or the guitar will not be able to support the string tension.
point taken I just personally as a guitarist prefer a longer neck.
Saw one of these at a local Maker's Faire... I can't play, but I might just have to learn! Awesome!
How about an <a href="http://blog.anthillmusic.com/instrument-how-to/diy-electric-cigar-box-ukulele-how-to/" rel="nofollow">electric cigar box ukulele</a>?
This. Is. EPIC. Hey, do you think this design would work in a old hollowed-out dvd drive from a pc? I have one, and i wanna make an electric guitar with a geeky design. Ive already hollowed it out, so I hope it works.
Yeah it should work just fine, and sound pretty cool too.
Cool. Ill be working on that and ill post an ible ASAP.
Awesome instructable! I'm not usually much of a guitar person, but you've changed my mind. What are the dimensions of the box you used and the neck? (approximately)
The box is 5 1/2x8&quot; and the neck is 22&quot; long from the back of the guitar all the way to the end of the head. That's pretty short and you might do better to go longer. The box may need some extra support to hold the pressure of the strings with a longer neck is all.
What other sorts of wood would you be abl to use instead of maple?? (considering Australian trees?)
I'm not sure what trees you have in Australia and what their wood is like. You might be best off to buy a piece of oak (or whatever hardwood you have there) lumber from a hardware store.
Thanx for reply. <br>Um yeah, aussie woods are like eucalyptus, gum tree and that sort. I'll take your advice and get some 'o' that hard wood. Thanks again for reply.
freakiiiing AWESOME
you got the words rbclima ;)
Nice Work, I would love to see some more DIY instruments.
HOLY SHIZ YES......THIS IS THE BEST INSTRUCTABLE I HAVE SEEN FOR GUITARS SO FAR
If I get 4 bass strings and a long enough neck would that be a cigar bass?
Yes, but you would need to make the neck very strong.
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thanks for the link
Its a cool instructable don't get me wrong but people have been making cigar box guitars probably about as long as there have been cigar boxes. :-)
Sorry, I currently don't have the time to make them for sale. As sj0305 has said, there are several places to purchase similar guitars online.
MB04 - Ebay has lots for auction - jus search for cigar box guitars and there is also a site called cigar box guitar nation.
what size strings did you use?<br>
Light acoustic strings, E-G. Many people use the A-B strings for a 4 string guitar and just tune them as the top four so that the neck is under less strain.
the only way i can do this is if i've got nothing to do
i am about to make one of these. But i have a few questions first. <br><br>1. bass strings, or did you use the first 4 strings from a 6 string guitar?<br>2. Since i do not have access to green wood or your carving abilities how tall should the bridge by the tuning heads be pre nut?<br><br>thanks!
Thanks for the info and for a cool instructable!
They are light acoustic strings, E-G. The height of the nut and bridge are not very important for this guitar if you intend to play it with a slide as I do. Anywhere between 1/4&quot;-1/2&quot; should be fine to keep the strings above the neck.
id rather buy a proper guitar THAN wasting $25 REALLY A REAL ONES MORE WORTH THE PRICE BUT COOL ANYWAY
I don't get it. If the neck is glued below the body of the guitar, wouldn't it be hard to press down on the strings when you're not using a slide?
This guitar is meant to be tuned to an open tuning and only played with a slide. A slightly different design would be required to make a fretted instrument.
If you like this, be sure to check out the other Instructables on my page!
I always love seeing some one else's slant on making a CBG. I really like how you integrated the nut right into the neck. Also the use of the tree branch as a neck stock was brilliant. Invest in some piezo elements for your pick up and you won't have to take apart any more mics. Radio Shack sells them dirt cheap (you should be able to stay under the $25 mark).<br><br>I think you should move onto the next level, build a fretted instrument next.
I agree. I would love to build a fretted instrument. As soon as I have the time. I've been going over ideas in my head about that for a while now. I would certainly use nicer pickups if I were to put the time into building a fretted neck.
Go for the nicer one. Great idea on this cigar box box - love it!
awesome!!
What did you use for an amp? I have an old Marshall. I'm going to give the microphone pickup a try. Now I'll have a use for all those little mic's I've been saving. I just hope I can find them.:)
amazing! that's a great idea, I just wish we were able to find cigar boxes over here in france...
Nobody smokes cigars in France? You're missing out.
we do! tey just don't come in wooden boxes, they're cheap... They come in little cardboard boxes like cigarettes.
You can buy cigars (in boxes)) in France. I travel to france all the time. Visit a good cigar/tobacco store and they will have a box for you. Otherwise, you can buy them on ebay.
You can use wooden wine bottle boxes instead....The kind that hold 2 wine bottles...<br>The boxes are deeper and longer than a cigar box but will work just the same...<br>I'm sure you can find wooden wine bottle boxes there in France...<br>Boxes like this on here....<br>http://www.barrelsandbottles.co.uk/acatalog/2-bottle-wooden-wine-box.html#aw2000
Seems to me that you could make it even cheaper by not using real tuning heads and instead making them out of spare hardware like eye bolts. Would be harder to tune, but would drop the price by another $16 probably. And make it look even more homemade.

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