Cigar box guitar no. 2


15 Responses to “Cigar box guitar no. 2”

  1. TroofSeeker says:

    At the rate you’re going thru cigars, Mark, you better get to work on an iron lung!

  2. Mark Frauenfelder says:

    Thanks for the tuning guide, Shane! It will come in handy!

    Cleek — your CBG looks great. Maybe you should get some building tips from the kind gang at cigarboxnation on improving the sound quaility.

    Stefan — That’s right, and the eggs are delicious! They have a nice smoky flavor.

    Anonymous — You can buy tuner pegs from and many other places online.

  3. shanespeal says:

    So Mark, you ready to start the jam sessions? Looks phenomenal!!!


    ps. Here’s a little inspiration for ya, cut and pasted from an online tutorial I did a while ago:
    Tunings for a 3-string cigar box guitar (utilizing A,D,G strings from an acoustic guitar string set). All notes are listed from low to high (bass to treble)

    Open A: A,E,A’
    Open G: G,D,G’
    A7 (the magic jazz tuning): A,E,G
    A6 (Hawaiian tuning): A,E,F#
    G9 (mandolin-type tuning/Shane Speal’s “sitar” tuning*): G,D,A
    Dirty E : Ultra-low E, E, B (in this tuning, the low E is practically flapping against the fretboard. Great for mean and dirty blues)

    *Shane uses the flat edge of a bone slide to buzz against the high string, creating a sitar-like sound. As heard in the Jug Fusion song “Bone To Pick”

  4. Anonymous says:

    I love CBGs, Im in the process of making one.

    ou gotta love the ones I saw here:


  5. Anonymous says:

    Hey Mark. I like your CBG. I’m working on my first one now. Question about one of the photos…are you actually cutting the headstock with a coping saw by hand? If so, how difficult is it to keep the blade straight? I have a Craftsman 9″ bandsaw, but have had a difficult time doing a straight cut on my practice wood. It may need some adjustment or possibly a different blade, but if I can do it with a coping saw and not too much frustration, I’m all for it.

  6. TroofSeeker says:

    I so wanna draw Mark (in overalls) playing his CBG to chickens smoking cigars, but this article will be gone and forgotten by the time it was done.

  7. cleek says:

    i finished my first, last week:

    i doesn’t look too bad, but it plays and sounds, like crap – no sustain, kind of dull, won’t stay in tune, the pickup is way too sensitive, etc..

    i might try another someday.

  8. Stefan Jones says:

    #3: Don’t be silly. Mark trained his chickens to smoke ‘em.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Nice job!! You gotta be proud.

    Just a few random thoughts here. For the folks that are expecting these to sound like a Martin guitar, forget it. Thats not the nature of the beast. These are low down dirty Delta blues boxes. In the right hands and with good slide technique they sound great! So forget about what you think they should sound like and enjoy them for what they are.

    Also, a great, and cheaper, wood for the neck is Poplar. Its a nice close grained hardwood. It looks great too. I get mine at Lowe’s. They sell it in 4 footers for around $3.50.

    Personally, I like to glue rather than screw. Makes it more solid and gives it more sustain. I figure if something is not right, I build another. All I am out is about 8 bucks in material and some time. And the lesson will make the next one even nicer.

    Hope ya don’t mind a stranger chiming in.


  10. Anonymous says:

    I bought a lot of 10 boxes on ebay a few weeks ago… planning on making the trip to HD this weekend for the neck, etc. Where did you get the fret wire? has a bunch but I’m not sure if I really need professional wire.

  11. Stefan Jones says:

    I look forward to your Maker Faire presentation on these!

  12. mpuckett says:

    Your CBG looks great! I am going to start building mine tomorrow. I notice that you have put the neck on the bottom of the CBG where most of the plans and CBGs I have seen place it under the lid. Why did you decide to use the bottom instead?

  13. Anonymous says:

    I love CBG-s


  14. JoeAnne10 says:

    The guitar you just made it`s awesome I had to say. If it can perform like a real one than you are truly an artist. I made something just like this from cigar paper one and everybody was amazed.

  15. Anonymous says:

    did you have to tear apart a real guitar to get those string-tightener things, or can you buy them new somewhere?

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