Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Build Your Own Cigar Box Guitar and Learn to Play it

The Details

BYOB - Bring Your Own (cigar) Box. That's all you have to do. I'll bring everything else you need to make a 2-string "Chugger" Cigar Box Guitar.

Where can you get cigar boxes? 

My best recommendation is Tobacco World in the Flour Mill. Other stores that carry cigars may have boxes for sale. 

How much should I expect to pay for a cigar box?  

The going price at Tobacco stores is typically $3 for paper covered boxes and $5 for all wood. At antique stores the prices may higher.

What size should the box be? 

8 3/4" - 10" x 7" - 8" x 1 1/2" - 2"

Other tips!  

Typically we use the bottom of the box to be the top of the guitar because the wood is thinner and more resonant. Stay away from cardboard boxes because they will not sound as good without a pickup to amplify them. I recommend boxes with a "flat flap" instead of ones that the lid has edges around it.

If you have trouble finding a box or have questions whether a box will work, please contact me at I do have cigar boxes on hand!

The pictures below are examples of boxes that will work well and three Chuggers from a BYOB Party in June.



What does a Chugger Cigar Box Guitar sound like and what kind of songs can you play?  

Here is a link to my YouTube channel where there are videos of me playing the Chugger at our weekly Zoom meetings. You will note that I do play different cigar box guitars: 1-finger cbgslinger 

Here is a link to our three free downloadable songbooks: Cigar Box Guitar Slingers - Spokane: Resources

You will be surprised at how easy and fun it is to play a Chugger and how many songs you will successfully play in this 2-session class.

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