TODAY'S BLOG FEATURES A SIMPLE CIGAR BOX GUITAR DESIGN I came up with using a shovel handle from Lowes. Here's a quick demo video before we get started.
- Macanudo cigar box
- Shovel handle from Lowe's
- Shane Speal Signature Tuners
- ADGB strings from Shane Speal String Pack
- C. B. Gitty trapeze tailpiece
- C. B. Gitty Kay Style Floating Bridge
- Bolt for the nut
- 12 Bar Blues pickup from eBay
There's really not much to this guitar. I cut the shovel handle long enough to give me a 25" scale, with an extra 4" on each side for headstock and butt. I used a Forstner bit to cut a circular hole in the side of the box and fed the stick through it. The 12 Bar Blues pickup was top mounted without any routing needed and a hole was cut into the side for the jack. I didn't do any grounding. BTW, this pickup is similar to C. B. Gitty's Wickedbuckers and Elmar's ThinPups.
On the butt side, I put a drywall screw to hold the stick in place. The drywall screw was then hidden by the trapeze tailpiece.
The most unusual part of this guitar is the headstock. As seen in the video above, I simply flattened out the sides of the headstock with my belt sander and drilled for the tuners. Having the tuners on the sides of the neck allows for some great string pull behind the nut (aka bolt).
Here's another view of the headstock. I did put one little tuner screw beside the second string in order to keep it from moving around. Also, to keep the bolt in place as the nut, I used my Dremel to channel a groove so it would sit flat on the stick:
One other detail - I scratched fret markers on the side of the neck:
That's pretty much it. Shove a stick through a box, string it up and wail away. Don't overthink this.