All guitars shown here are "handcrafted", each one should remain unique. I do not make any series.
Each guitar gets its own name which is made up of the box - and a special feature.
For example Behike 56 - Route66
You have a special request or even your own cigar box. No problem you get your own guitar.
State your wishes.
- Fretless or bundled
- scale length
- if necessary, number of frets (may differ depending on the box)
- wood for neck and fingerboard (beech, ash, maple)
- Number of strings 3 or 4
After receipt or announcement of the desired box I put together a guitar. Take a photo and then the unique will be created
Or build your own custom cigar box guitar. In the shop you will find all the parts you need for the construction.
Looking for a slightly more special guitar? then they are right here at cigarbox guitars. Once away from everyday life where everything has to be perfect. They are not perfect, but as the simplicity of the cigar box guitar is, so unique is their sound. Anyone who hears them is immediately addicted.
Or even build one yourself? No problem In the Cigarbox Guitar Shop you will find everything you need for a CBG.
Feel the blues
Simply place your Cigarbox guitar or License Plate Guitar together with the appropriate configurator
They have a veritable fan community that celebrates them around the globe. The Cigar Box Guitar (short CBG). The primitive, self-made stringed instrument has a cigar box as a sound box - and sounds very good. After all, it plays the blues for decades a role, and so many important artists (not least Jimi Hendrix and Louis Armstrong) Went with him their first musical steps.
I was instantly enthusiastic about the idea and the style. Since I've watched a TV program on the subject, I've built cigar boxes into guitars. The simplicity that intrigued me immediately: I build my cigarbox guitar out of the boundless passion of the simple self-made. How to build a primitive instrument and inspire people with just a few means.
I love the radiance on the faces of its customers.
The CBG is actually an acoustic instrument that served the box as a resonator, with the size of the box determined by the sound. In virtually every piece I build a cheap piezo pickup, where the sound transmits via sound waves, or an electromagnetic pickup, which converts the string vibrations into electrical signals. From smaller boxes a stomp box is built. Somewhat larger boxes make up a ukulele.
With Cigarbox guitars there are hardly any limits. The saddle is an old key or screws, a drain screen is used to cover the sound hole.
Cigarbox Guitars have three or four sides tuned in an Open G tuning. You can build everything you like right now. A seasoned guitarist will miss a few strings
With a little manual skill, everyone can build their own guitar. In the Shop you will find everything you need to build a Cigarbox guitar
A Cigarbox guitar or delta blues guitar called CBG for short is a primitive string instrument that uses an empty cigar box as a sound box. The cigar box guitars usually have only 1, 2 or 3 strings. Most do not have frets on their necks (Fretless). It is played with the slider (Bootleneck). A bottleneck - as the name suggests; originally consisted of a broken glass bottle neck. Meanwhile, there are e.g. Bottlenecks made of glass, metal, ceramics, etc. The cigar-box guitars were very important in the early days of the blues. Most of these artists were black Americans living in poverty. Many could not afford a "real" instrument. So they built a guitar out of an empty cigar box. Anyone looking for a high-gloss guitar here is wrong. CigarBox guitars are handmade, so each one is unique and has its own sound. You'll find more about it here Wikipedia
Since some time we offer the original flatpup by Elmar Zeilhofer from Vienna in our shop.
Elmar has taken up a new professional challenge. Therefore he will probably stop the production of the popular Flatpup Pickup series until the middle of the year. Cigarbox-Guitars still has some Flatpup in stock... "It has as long as it has."
To close this gap, we offer two pickups that are also hand-wound. The nail pickup is available as single coil and humbucker. The core is equipped with nails like the original "Spike" from Flatpup.
The new Packaging Act (VerpackG) has been in force in the EU since 1 January 2019 and replaces the Packaging Ordinance (VerpackV) as the applicable law. The new Packaging Act (Act on the Placing on the Market, Take-Back and High-value Recycling of Packaging; VerpackG for short) aims to increase the recycling quotas for packaging materials and to reduce the general amount of waste generated in private households
Less packaging waste protects the environment. What does Cigarbox-Guitars.ch do ?
- We use recyclable materials: If possible, use recyclable materials such as corrugated board or cardboard. There is also an environmentally friendly variant for the filling material, e.g. newsprint.
- We reuse cartons: If you receive returns, you can reuse undamaged cartons for a new shipment.
- We use filling material sensibly: Only fragile goods make paper or old newspapers necessary for padding. Even if the material comes unsolicited from the manufacturer, it is worth considering storing it for another shipment if the goods are robust.