3-String Cigar Box Guitar
These are easy-to-follow plans that started the Cigar Box Guitar Revolution. Build a simple 3-string CBG using an empty box, a plank of wood (easily found at your local hardware store) some strings and tuners
1910 Cigar Box Ukulele
From the article: “The one-string banjo, cigar box guitar and similar Vaudeville favorites are giving way to the tantalizing ukulele…” Oh yeah, baby! (Plans download in .jpg file) Download Plan
Dr. Oakroot’s Diddley Bow
OakrootDr Oakroot’s plans for a great Cigar Box Diddley Bow The diddley bow is a traditional one string instrument fundamental to the early blues. You can easily make a diddley bow using a cardboard cigar box, a guitar tuner, and a few other things. View Plan
For the largest known collection of free cigar box plans (including Cigar Box Banjo, Cigar Box Guitar and Cigar Box Fiddle), please visit CigarBoxNation.com
Other useful links
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- American Memory Search page Spend your life searching here.
- Smoky Guitars – Hand Crafted Cigar Box Guitars
- Bazookahosen – Danish band playing an inviting mix of genres. Songs to download – one of them featuring a homebuilt cookie tin guitar.
- Cigar Box Guitars by Ogeecheeriver – Cool dulcimer-style and chromatic fretted cigar box guitars for sale.
- Cookie Tin Banjo – Another Yahoo group
- Dark Holler – underground music, The Spectral Light & Moonshine Firefly Snakeoil Jamboree, Jug Fusion, and more
- Drieske’s Sigarendoos Gitaar webbladziede – Dutch CBG site under construction, made by drieske
- Ken Butler’s Amazing Stringed Instruments – Check out these amazing art instruments made from found objects. Although you won’t find a cigar box guitar, you will find plenty of inspiration.
- Knotafish – Interesting instruments
- Matty Baratto’s Cig-Fiddles – Check out Hollywood’s own cigar box guitar! Matty’s site is just a billboard for right now, but it has a great picture.
- Oddmusic – One of the finest experimental musical instrument sites in the world
- Rick Springfield’s Cigar Box Guitar – See Rick receive his Matty Baratto crafted “Cig-Fiddle.” Guitar now in the Natl. Cigar Box Guitar Museum
- Rollie Tussing – CBG geek
- Salty Dog Blues Band – Australian Cigar Box Guitar & harp duo. Site has mp3’s and pix. Great Prim-Blues
- Shane Speal’s homepage – Writings, photography, musicology and more. Includes contact info
- The Key Strummers – A kids ukulele Indiana rural jazz band. Instruments include an electrified Terry Horvath cigar box uke.