Thursday, November 05, 2015

A Cigar Box Guitar for Morgan...

Here is a cigar box guitar I made for Morgan from the box that held the cigars that were smoked at his and Ali's wedding. I know the wedding was a year and a half or so ago but I tried a fretted build for this and it just took a while to get my courage and skills up for thsi special box. 

Not really my first fretted instrument. I had made Katie a uke last year. My fret-less builds that are played only with a slide are really looking great and sounding good but it takes a bit more to make a good fretted instrument. The bridge has to be in just the right place for chords up and down the neck to play in tune. 

This guitar has an adjustable bridge so there may have to be some more tweaking done but I think with a bit of practice and a tempered tuning there is something to work with here and the instrument certainly looks good. 
 These cigars are rolled in Houston, Tx. 
Neck is ash. Takes a stain really well and is much prettier that the popular I usually use. 

 My asymmetrical headstock. Each one is different. Headstock snobs get get used to it.  

Fender style bridge. 

Of course it's electric. 


I probably won't build many of these because I am not sure I can turn out a really playable one. I can make one that looks good but it might not have the gigability of my slide guitars. I would make you one but I'd have to total up the extra cost of the store bought parts used vs the found and improvised stuff I usually use to get a price as to what one like this would cost. 

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Blogger Bill Cooney said...

It's a beautiful instrument. Keep on trucking, AND I've renewed my endorsement for another five years.

8:05 AM  

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