Introduction: My Home-made Cigar Box Guitar

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A friend and I were having a 4 month-long competition on who could make the best home-made instrument, we don't really know who won, but mine is most known around the community (friends, school, etc.) but yeah, check it out. The neck is a piece of curly maple, the cigar box is a cohiba box of ten cigars, imported from the Dominican Republic, store-bought tuners (I'm lame), left over strings, and a piezo for the pick-up. I'll most likly be making another and will be sure to make an instructable on it.


eyayito (author)2011-12-19

what are the sizes of the box

C_Maconroe (author)2011-07-06

If I get 4 bass strings and a long enough neck would that be a cigar bass?

korgoth25 (author)C_Maconroe2011-07-23

you should be able to, its the same principle for a regular guitar vs a bass, there almost the same exccept bass has longer strings

fixedschwinn (author)2010-02-23

Cigar Box Nation has tons of FREE PLANS including links to instructional videos. Check out the Free Cigar Box Guitar plans at

ampaxx (author)2009-10-14

if you want to learn how to make one, just google cigar box guitar,there are plenty of sites, btw i love the guitar it is one of the best Ihave seen

powchang (author)2009-07-28

dude it would be really nice if you made an instructional video plz!!! i have most the stuff to make this

PCelectronics (author)2009-04-18

how to make it

bbzbz (author)2009-03-16

Thank you

bbzbz (author)2009-03-15

Would someone clue me in as to where to find a cigar box, please?

jasonagain (author)bbzbz2009-03-16

Pretty much all places that sell cigars sell the empty boxes, too. They usually just cost a dollar or two.

jungkurth (author)bbzbz2009-03-16

bbzbz - Find a cigar store - Tinder Box in my area - and ask about the boxes. I regularly stop by and pick them up for $1 to $2. I have gotten some amazing boxes that are perfect for projects like Make/instructables shows here and in the mag. Also, some liquor stores which sell cigars may have the boxes available. Be nice, take the bad with the good, and they may give them to you for free (works for me whenever I get down to Maryland...)

Coati (author)2009-02-23

I just picked up that same box for the same purpose but the lid had a crack in it,I think I will keep looking and keep that one for storage.I guess I could glue it but I hate to put the effort into it if it comes out sounding horrible.Beautiful work on yours,thanks for the inspiration.

woodfinery (author)2009-01-08

nice I really like the shape of the sound holes!

bumpus (author)woodfinery2009-01-08

Thanks! My friend helped me cut them out. I seem to suck when it comes to scroll-saws..

Father Christmas (author)2008-09-26

what type of piezo did you use? jsut curiosity :)

grimfig (author)Father Christmas2008-12-07

It was probably a Piezo Element.

bumpus (author)Father Christmas2008-09-26

Uhm, I forget what exact one I used, but I got it from RS. :D

Flumpkins (author)2008-07-14

Can You play is a song?

drummonkey92 (author)2008-05-16

nice! wat did your friend make? any pics?

agdollison (author)2008-05-15

sweet always been looking for this

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