Cigar box sitar


My friend Justin Sabe made this nifty cigar box sitar and did an Instructable and a short YouTube vid for it.

I decided yesterday to stop thinking about how to do it and finally make a cigar box sitar. The main difference is the buzzing bridge. In many ways, it’s easier to make than a cigar box guitar/ukulele because it’s fretless and doesn’t have any critical measurements to make it in tune. It took me as long to construct as my girlfriend to take a medium-length bath and about three times longer than that to fine tune it for a good rich buzzing sound. As you can see, my cat likes it just fine.

Cigar box sitar (tamboura)


Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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