Hand Tools Cigar Box Guitar





Introduction: Hand Tools Cigar Box Guitar

This is an Instructable about a few guitar type things I have been building while traveling in our motorhome. I used hand tools I found along the way and thrift store stuff. I had to buy a few things from ebay and amazon.

Step 1:

I made some of the necks out of 2x4 fir some out of oak and one out of red cedar. I went online and found a fret calculator. I made the first frets out of bobby pins super glued on. The later ones were made with regular fret wire I found on ebay.

Step 2:

The end plates were made from brass hinges the later ones I cut out of brass from a door kick plate I found in a thrift shop.

Step 3:

The nut was made out of a dog chew bone I found at pet smart. Some were made out of plastic knitting needles. The banjo was a cookie tin.

Step 4:

For the bridges I used brass welding rod glued to wood. Some were plastic knitting needles and some bone.

Step 5:

I used a hand saw, chisel, coping saw, a knife, a small hatchet, a few different files and rasps I found in thrift stores.

Step 6:

I found electric pick ups and piezo pickups on ebay and amazon along with tuner pegs and strings. I used sink drain screens for sound holes. Brass box corners from amazon. For amplifiers I tapped into the volume switch on some old radios and added a 1/4 inch jack. I looked that one up on Instructables.

Step 7:

The cigar boxes came from thrift stores and local tobacco shops.

Step 8:

I tried one with this type tuners but never again. This box is from a fancy flatware set. The dog bone made quite a few nuts for the necks,



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    Never mind. On my phone, missed the pictures. Nice one!

    How did you do the frets? How did you attach the neck to the body?

    This is pretty cool. one of these days I'm going to venture to try making a musical instrument. thanks for sharing.

    This looks beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing you creative cigar box guitar.