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.
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:
Made from an Alec Bradley Black Market box, this little amp is perfect for using around the house.
It has 2.5 watts output, which is plenty for practicing, and can get loud enough that people will yell at you to turn it down!
Powered by a 9v battery, you can take it anywhere to jam.
It features a 3.5 inch speaker, on/off volume knob, input jack, and red power LED.
$60.00 plus $12.00 shipping in the lower 48.
Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase.
I have been selling my instruments as fast as I can build them, so there has not been anything new listed for a while. If you see anything in the previously sold list that you like, let me know and I will see if I can’t come up with something for you.
There will be some new inventory as soon as I can get them built.
Thanks for stopping by.