How to Build a Simple Cigar Box Guitar

How to Build a Simple Cigar Box Guitar
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Cigar box guitars are nothing new, but there has been a resurgence in the art of building and playing them. From the mid-1800s until the early 1900s, cigar box and home-built guitars have been made by budding musicians who generally came from poor rural areas. The blues are typically associated with these fascinating instruments. They have shown up in many areas of the US, mainly in the deep south to the Carolinas. Some have been seen as far north as Virginia and Pennsylvania as those who could not afford a proper guitar would make their own.

If you want to know more about the history of cigar box guitars, read "One Man's Trash: A History of the Cigar Box Guitar" by William J Jehle (self-published). Here's how you can make one.