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Cigar Box: Build a Guitar Pickup in Under Five Minutes for Less Than $2

Can you make your own pickup out of a wall wart plug in under five minutes and less than $2? Yes, it can be done! I saw a clip on YouTube a while ago where someone made a pickup from pieces of a plug, so I thought I'd give it a try. The method described in the video is a bit dangerous, including separating the metal plates from the coil (I stabbed myself with a screwdriver attempting to do so), so here's a safer, faster way.

Cigar Box: It Goes to 11 — How to Build a Cigar Box Amp

Built yourself a cigar box guitar, eh? Chances are, you'll want to plug it in and annoy your neighbors. So let's build a cigar box amp! There are two kits, or amp modules, I'd recommend for making your first cigar box amp ...

Cigar Box: Slides — It's All About the Tone

If you've built a CBG (cigar box guitar), chances are you've tried your hand at playing with a slide. There are many different types of slides out there, and the tone varies for each one. I encourage each of you to give them all a try and see what tone you are happy with. If you're playing a standard guitar or a CBG, the slide is your voice.

Cigar Box: How to Build a Smokin' Cigar Box Guitar for Around $25, Part 3

There are some guides on the web on where to put your tuning pegs on a CBG, but I like to keep it simple. I set the pegs on top of the headstock and make a mark where I want them to go. I make sure I place the tuning peg for the middle string in about 1/4 inch from the side so I won’t have to use a string tree. Read on!

Cigar Box: How to Build a Cigar Box Guitar for Around $25, Part 2

The air is crisp, sawdust and sparks are flying — it's time to build a guitar! Hopefully you have been successful in your recon mission from last time. We are going to plan out and shape our headstock, shoulders and neck. I am going to build two guitars for you. One will be the classic CBG (cigar box guitar); with the other one, we will show you some of the upgrades. First things first, let's take a look at that cigar box.

Cigar Box: How to Build a Cigar Box Guitar for Around $25

I decided to start this off by using the most common saying heard when someone lays their eyes on one of my guitars for the first time (myself included): It’s a cigar box guitar! It is played similar to a regular guitar, and it can do almost anything a regular guitar can do; it just takes some creativity and a little imagination, much like the building process.

Cigar Box: Celebrate the Growth of Cigar Box Nation — and Enter to Win a Cigar Box Guitar!

There have been some big happenings in the CBG (Cigar Box Guitar) world during our writing hibernation. Who didn’t see Paul McCartney play a cigar box guitar with the members of Nirvana for the 12.12.12 concert — and then again, a few days later, on Saturday Night Live? Steven Tyler was also spotted with a cigar box guitar.

It Got Loud: Pennsylvania Cigar Box Guitar Festival Recap and an Intro to Cigar Box Guitar Pickup Building

This year's Pennsylvania Cigar Box Guitar Festival, to put it simply, was a blast! We got in to York, Pennsylvania, late the night before and decided to venture downtown and see what the nightlife was like. Even for a small town, York has a bustling music scene.

Need Some Inexpensive Percussion? Build a Cigar Box Guitar Stomp Box

Enjoying your new cigar box guitar? Well, now it's time to add a little percussion. Let's build a CBG (cigar box guitar) stomp box! This is basically an inexpensive percussion machine (also made out of a cigar box) that's perfect for a one-man band. It plugs into an amplifier and provides a good tone and a nice snare drum sound. It also can (with a few modifications) can make a bass drum sound. Come on in for more info!

Cigar Box: How to Build a Beer Can Microphone

So you've built a cigar box guitar, eh? Want to add some vocals while you rock the box? Then let's build a beer can mic. I've built several of these, and they have a great, old-time sound that's even better with a little gain.