Intro: Black Beauty Cigar Box Guitar
This is the second guitar I have made. It started with a really nice box from Rocky Patel Cigars. It is an anniversary edition box with a metal plate on the front which really dressed up the overall look. I also ordered fret wire which took the place of my 'toothpick' version. The box itself is thicker than most boxes and gives a richness to the sound of the guitar. In keeping with the originality of the CBG, I opted to use a regular bolt for the nut and brass wood screws for the fret buttons. I also used very small brass screws on the side of the neck for fret markers instead of the small recessed buttons usually used. The bridge is actually a mandoline bridge that I re-scored for my six strings. The tuning keys were purchased from a local music store for $18. At the base of the guitar I used a standard cabinet door hinge to keep the strings in line. Also at the base I used jewelry making crimp findings that slipped nicely into my pre-drilled holes for the strings. This worked very well & keeps the strings from cutting into the wood. The clasp on the side was added more for cosmetic reasons but if I want to turn this into an electric guitar, it will make things more accessable.