Here at CigarBoxGuitarParts.com we showcase the various parts and supplies you can use to help build and decorate your Cigar Box Guitar, as well as discussing some of the creative ways that these parts can be used. Though not a true “how-to” site (check out our sister site www.cigarboxguitar.com for a growing knowledgebase of cigar box guitar how-to), a lot of good how-to information will be presented in terms of how to make use of some of the parts we feature: things like how to install a piezo, wire up a volume pot, make good use of sound hole inserts, install tuners, etc.
We will showcase parts and supplies from various sources, with the primary source being C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply, the only cigar box guitar superstore. For over five years they have been working hard to bring CBG builders great prices on an ever-growing list of instruments, kits, parts and accessories. If you haven’t yet checked out the C. B. Gitty store, browse on over today. You won’t be disappointed!
Have you ever built a cigar box guitar, only to find that your strings leave the tuner posts and don’t even touch the nut, or aren’t tight enough against it? Or you can’t keep that stubborn low string in its nut groove? This is a common problem on homemade instruments, especially when you don’t have a scarf jointed/angled headstock.
There are different ways to fix this, including the simple solution of just putting screws down into the wood of the neck/headstock to hold the strings in place. A much more elegant solution is to use string retainers. These are small pieces of hardware, usually available in different finishes, that are manufactured specifically for keeping guitar strings in place and at the right height for optimal performance.
C. B. Gitty recently added 2 new styles of string retainers in both chrome and gold. If you have been fighting with your strings, or using screws, give a set or two of these a try and you’ll love the results! String retainers are a great way to add that special touch to your Cigar Box Guitars.
C. B. Gitty has just published the third installment in his series of 3-string cigar box guitar tuning how-to articles over on CigarBoxGuitar.com. This one covers the Open E “EBE” tuning, which is great for the blues! This tuning was used by Shane Speal on his recently released album Holler!, on the tracks Big Leg Woman/Swing the Hammer, specifically because this tuning gives you that raw, growly blues sound.
The article gives you the exact pitches and string sizes to achieve this tuning on a cigar box guitar in the range of 24-25″ scale length, and also includes sound clips of Gitty playing each tuning on a cigar box guitar, so you can get a feel for what the sound like.
Glenn Watt has created another great how-to video, this one on how to install the Florentine Screamer pre-wired magnetic pickup harness from C. B. Gitty. While this vid focuses on the Florentine Screamer, the same principles can also be used to install C. B. Gitty’s other pre-wired harnesses that include a mounting plate on the pickup (for example, the four pole and six pole magnetic pickup harnesses). Check it out below!
A new how-to article focused on Zero Frets has been added to the cigar box guitar knowledgebase over at www.CigarBoxGuitar.com. If you have ever wondered what a zero fret was, or how you might make use of one in your cigar box guitar building, browse on over and check out this article.
A Zero Fret can save you a lot of time over a traditional nut, which has to be shaped and filed just right, and is a great way to dial in your action height.
C. B. Gitty gives you the lowdown on the What, Why and How of zero frets, to get you going on installing your first one in your CBG.
New set of 3 How to Play DVDs from Justin Johnson – for 3-string Cigar Box Guitar, Diddley Bow and Slide Guitar
Justin Johnson recently headed into the studio to create three professional-grade How-to-Play DVDs focused entirely on roots instruments and the cigar box guitar and homemade/handemade music movement. If you have been wanting to learn how to start playing these instruments, but are tired of trying to wade through endless YouTube videos, these are for you.
There are three DVDs in the series, each focused on a different roots instrument or style. The cost of the DVDs is $27.99 each or $79.99 for all three.
One of the easiest ways to build a cigar box guitar is to use the “stick on box” method, where the neck is mounted to the top of the cigar box. This is much easier than the “stick through’ method where you have to cut notches into the box, and a recess into the neck.
Unfortunately, the stick-on-box method has long been looked down on, Read More…
Check out this video, in which up-and-coming Cigar Box Guitar guru Glenn Watt walks you through making your first fretboard for a cigar box guitar. Of course you could always buy one of C. B. Gitty’s Pre-made CBG Fretboards, but why not have a go at making your own? You can find the supplies you’ll need here.
This is a cigar box guitar kit that can be assembled at the kitchen table, in about an hour, with just a screwdriver and a hammer.
There is no cutting, no drilling, no measuring or other arcane trickery.
Just simple, easy-to-follow directions and every part and piece of hardware you need.
This kit is perfect for first-time builders, people just wanting to try out a cigar box guitar without a huge investment of time or money. It is the perfect project for a parent or grandparent to do with a child.
There simply is no easier way to build your own cigar box guitar. Period.
This kit comes with a fully illustrated assembly guide, and we have posted a nearly 20-minute video on YouTube that covers building, stringing and tuning your guitar, as well as an introductory How to Play lesson.
Here is the video:
We feel it bears repeating: there is no easier way to build your own cigar box guitar than by using this kit. The only easier option would be to buy one that is already built.
YOU can build your own cigar box guitar, and this is the kit that will let you do it!
…and one sweet tip to turn a mistake into a satisfying win
Building your cigar box guitar is built on these four pillars of success:
Ideation gets the imagination flowing
What do you picture the guitar to look like? How many strings does it have? What kind of wood do you see being used for the neck? Does it have a fretboard or will the guitar be intended solely for your slick and sultry slide skills.
Creation brings life to the idea
Let’s say you run a dowel through a box. You pop some rivets in the tail and some tuners on the other end. After running a couple of heavy wound strings over the dowel you have for a bridge and screws serving as the nut, you’ve got a simple yet powerful two string slide guitar.
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