Thursday, February 19, 2015

Cigar Box Guitar Build #42

 Here is cigar box guitar build #42. It's a Madrigal Habana cigar box which I note sells for $20 on ebay. I could not really date the box but would guess possibly  40-60 years old. Madrigal were Mexican made cigars. 

It's a three string fret-less to be played with a slide. 

Box shows a bit of wear at some edges but a little lemon oil shines it up. 

I tuned it up low to high B-G#-E which is a little backwards from my usual. I might try to change the low string to an E so it has a little more honk. 

It's electric with a piezo pickup. My initial impressions are that the acoustic sound is great but the electric sound is a little trebally for my taste. That might be different with a tuning change and there are always things to do amp and pedal wise to get the big scream going on.  

As I say hard to date this box. A business site shows the import company still in operation. I don't know if you can still get the cigars. 

This guitar for sale $75. I think it's a nice one. 

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