Welcome to Humidor Guitars.
What is a cigar box guitar? Many people have never heard of them, seen them, or heard them being played. But, these instruments are part of the cornerstone of American blues music dating back to the late 1800s.
During the late 1800s, impoverished people, often slaves, wanted instruments, but could not afford a factory made guitar, so they improvised with an empty cigar box, a stick and some string or wire. The cigar box guitar was born.
Due to an influx of guitar and pickup orders, and the fact that I am moving to a new house in the coming weeks, I have fallen behind on building guitars and pickups.
If you wish to order a guitar or a pickup, please feel free. But, be aware that it will take several weeks to process your order and get it shipped.
Thanks for understanding.
I have an order form up and working now. You can order pickups HERE:
At this moment I am about 2 weeks behind on getting orders filled, so thanks for your patience.
I have fallen behind in getting a current price list and order form completed for the pickups I am winding.
If you are looking for SleepTalker, ThinTalker, or ThinBucker pickups, please contact me using the Contact Form.
There has been some confusion between the pickups that I produce, and the ones that Elmar produces under the name Original Flat Pup.
To avoid any further confusion, the flat pup style humbucker pickups I produce will be known as ThinBuckers.
SleepTalker – Line of 3 and 4 string standard pickups.
ThinTalker – Line of thin single coil pickups.
ThinBucker – Line of flat pup humbucker style pickups.
I always love to see what my customers can do with the guitars they buy from me. Here is Buddy doing some jammin’ and slidin’ on his new Las Cabrillas cigar box guitar from Humidor Guitars.
Humidor Guitars is proud to announce a partnership with Original Flat Pup!
Humidor Guitars will now be an official supplier for the thin Flat Pup pickups, winding pickups using Elmar’s original design and specifications. We look forward to providing folks with the same quality and sound that they have come to expect from Original Flat Pup, as well as offering reduced shipping costs for US customers.
Initially, I will only be offering 3 and 4 string Flat Pups with aluminum or brass housings. For the time being, those who want the traditional scalloped wooden frames will need to continue to buy them from http://www.original-flatpup.com/. Once I get production ramped up, I may be able to offer pickups with wooden frames.
Humidor Guitars will offer both the Original Flat Pup dual coil humbucker style pickup, and the ThinTalker slim, single coil style pickup of my own design.
Pricing for US buyers will be the same as the USD prices listed on the Original Flat Pup site:
Similarly, shipping will be on a per order basis, and may depend on the number of items ordered.
Please bear with us as we work out the kinks, and feel free to contact either one of us if you have any questions.
Camacho cigar box
4 string maple neck
Single coil pickup with rosewood surround
Desperation Samba by Ron “Oily Fool” Sprague, played on a Las Cabrillas 6 string cigar box guitar built by Humidor Guitars.
Hand made maple neck, bubinga fingerboard.
Custom magnetic pickup by Don Goguen. Mojo
Bone Works custom saddle.
I find that quite a few people who see my guitars tell me they wish they could play, but don’t have the talent. To that I say,
“You can play thousands of songs with just one finger.”
Open tuning on a 3 string CBG allows the player to simply press one finger across all three strings at the same time and play a chord. Literally, there are thousands of songs that are just three chords, blues and country in particular.
Here is a video by guitar wizard Justin Johnson playing the Zombie Blues Man guitar by Humidor Guitars, and it is tailored for a beginner. Justin goes into great detail about 12 bar blues and counts out the bars for you.
He adds that extra note on the second string later on, but you could just NOT do that part and still play it just fine.
Justin and Nikki stopped by my place and spent some time trying out some of my builds. Here is a clip of Justin with my Las Cabrillas three string.
I have a couple more of these under construction and should be ready for purchase in a few weeks.
They will feature a maple neck, cherry fingerboard, bone nut, Tele style hard tail bridge, flat pickup from Klangbox, tone, volume, gold tone reso screens.
The price will be $300, plus $15 shipping to the lower 48. Use the Contact Us form if you wish more information.
You can read more about Justin Johnson at: