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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.
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Anyone who has visited my site has probably noticed that there have been no new instruments listed for sale in quite a while. To be honest, the ThinBucker™ pickup business has kept me pretty busy, so instrument building has slowed considerably.
I am, however, in the process of getting some instruments ready for the Christmas shopping season, so look for some new stuff in the coming weeks.
I can still accept special orders, so feel free to contact me using the contact form.
I built a 6 string CBG using a leftover neck, and a black Cohiba cigar box, and sent it to Joe Becker. Joe is an amazingly talented studio musician, and will really put that CBG through its paces.
While you’re there, please poke around his site and check out his other music and video content!
Cigar Box Nation member Turtlehead has created a YouTube channel with a bunch of cigar box guitar 12 bar backing tracks. He has several different keys and tempos, so if slow blues or swing blues is your style, he has it covered!
Check it out, and make sure to subscribe to his channel “CBG Jam Tracks”! He is looking for suggestions, so let him know if there is something you would like him to add.
CBG Jam Tracks
“The Wizard” Justin Johnson plays some haunting slide on a ThinBucker equipped 1840’s antique barometer turned into a lap steel guitar by builder Charles Atchison.
“The Wizard” Justin Johnson filmed this clip aboard a houseboat on the River Seine in Paris, France during his 2015 European tour. He is playing a ThinBucker equipped cigar box guitar built by Gigdog Guitars.
Nothing beats a bit of funky jazz by the water!
As a longtime fan of Stevie Ray, I felt moved to make a tribute guitar. I found a fellow in the UK that did wood burning, so I ordered a wooden box with that image on it. I purchased a commercially made Strat style neck, and ordered a customized engraved brass plate for the headstock, and a laser engraved neck plate.
In keeping with the Texas theme, I used brass Texas style stars for sound hole covers, and added a custom wound rosewood single coil pickup.
It was sold to a friend of mine very quickly after it was finished, so I never got a chance to do a sound check video. Maybe I can talk him into doing that for me.
Justin Johnson explains what CBGs are all about:
When I started building and selling the ThinBucker guitar pickups, I had no idea how popular they would become. I have sold over 100 of them already, and sent them all over the world.
I am still building cigar box guitars, I have just fallen behind due to the numbers of pickups I have had to build to keep up with the demand.
If you see something on my site that appeals to you, I can still take orders. I just have not been able to get any inventory guitars done.
Here is a press conference that let’s know all about this year’s festival in York, PA.