Cigar Box Guitar Build notes

Mark Frauenfelder

Mark Frauenfelder is a research director at Institute for the Future, the founding editor-in-chief of Make magazine, the co-founder of Boing Boing, the editor-in-chief of Cool Tools.

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By Mark Frauenfelder

Mark Frauenfelder is a research director at Institute for the Future, the founding editor-in-chief of Make magazine, the co-founder of Boing Boing, the editor-in-chief of Cool Tools.

248 Articles



Dan Morril made a cigar box guitar by following the instructions in MAKE Volume 21. It looks great! I like the way he put one of the tuners on the top of the headstock instead of the side. I might give that a try on one of my future builds.

Dan also posted detailed and humorous build notes, which are well worth reading if you plan to build a cigar box guitar.

I’m extremely satisfied with how it came out. That cigar box was all I could have hoped for, and it sounds pretty freakin’ awesome. I expected kind of a course, ragged, thin sound, at least compared to a real guitar. I strummed this sucker and I was completely shocked — it actually sounds like a guitar!! A real honest to gods guitar!

Call me the GIT-arr man

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Cigar Box Guitar on MAKE: Projects