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For those of us who own Cigarbox guitars, lets mention pros and cons...

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  1. Blazer

    Blazer Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    First off, here are mine.

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    And let me start by saying that I love the fun factor of them, whenever I bring them out people go "What is that, where did you get it?"

    I also love how they force me to think differently and play differently, which also makes them good recording tools for if I need a different sound none of my other guitars can give me.

    BUT.

    They are the most uncomfortable guitars to play, both seated and strapped on, they feel awkward and blocky, there's no way I can rest my arm on the body comfortably.

    And err...wanna talk top heavy?
     
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    She only has the four string.

    But, Samantha Fish spanks the heck out of one.

    I really like her.
     
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    I've made a few 3 and 4 string CBGs, a double neck, a fretless, etc. I learned a lot along the way construction-wise. And it was fun. But I can't help but feel I'd be farther along if I'd spent that time practicing "real" guitar. Just a thought. They hang in my garage now.

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  5. Charlie Bernstein

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    Con: You have to smoke all those cigars before you can start building.
     
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    Can’t put cigars in them either...

    I like the raw sound the cigar Vox guitar gets but they squeal and feedback like no other. To me they are just quirky blues and folk instruments in line with a dulcimer.
     
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    AAT65 Friend of Leo's

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    Here’s mine:
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    It’s from a kit my wife bought me a few years ago. 3-string, open G tuned. It was my gateway drug — I bought a 6-string lap steel not long after.
    It has a piezo pickup built in, and I used to take the Cigar Box to rehearsals sometimes to try it out on a few songs, and actually took it to a gig once - but it just feeds back as soon as you hit any volume, so it’s just for knocking about at home now. Good low cost introduction to steel playing though (I play it lap-style).
     
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    Nice kit
     
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    richiek65 Friend of Leo's

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    Plus a 6 string oil can guitar.. Does that count in this thread? Who cares! Samantha Fish!
     
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    The six string looks like an oil can. Does that count?

    Forgot about that one.

    Love the Fish!
     
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    That looks like a Telecanster :lol:
     
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    I've built several of them over the past 5 years or so, kept some, sold some. The picture below is about half of the ones I've built. Below the photo are a couple of videos of what they sound like.

    The pro part of building them is the adventure of making a playable instrument out of essentially junk and spare parts.

    The pro part of playing them is that they're fun to play and to learn slide. As Seasick Steve says, "With just one string you can't go wrong".

    The sort of con part is finding stuff that works and doesn't work, but it's fun to experiment. For example, the coffin shaped diddley bows (last row) just didn't play well, they needed a bigger body and shorter scale length. The whisky bottle bridge ones looked cool but don't sound good. The tin box ones are essentially solid body guitars with a metal wrapper.

    The con playing them is on ones that have piezo pickups have to be tamed and, of course, the limited range of notes.

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    I get a kick out of them for the simplicity, but I always wish I built them with a hardwood jewelry case instead of a cigar box since they eventually get crushed or damaged.

    They aren't always cheap to build either, depends on your approach. This one has a walnut neck, pickup, and guitar knobs....could have bought a Squire for what I spent on it.
     
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    Mine I built. Only con is neck dive but I've got it balanced with a pound of lead in the bottom of the rear end. 1610915984748630264533868655528.jpg
     
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    Love the shape of that one!
     
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    MGB guitars where i got the body kit and neck
     
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