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“In a world of limited resources, we need to be resourceful,” said Dale Dougherty, the founder of Maker Faire. And perhaps nowhere in the world of craft is resourcefulness more evident than the pursuit of music. Instruments have been fashioned out of every conceivable material, from the finest woods and metals to lowly castoffs like cake pans and bedpans. You could say that resourcefulness is the soul of soul music itself, beginning with the cigar box guitar and the birth of the blues.

The earliest known picture of a cigar box instrument.

The humble cigar box guitar was a down-home source of uplifting music when times were tough. The earliest known picture of a cigar box instrument was copyrighted in 1876 by Civil War illustrator Edwin Forbes. It shows two soldiers at a campsite, one playing a Figaro cigar box fiddle. Like the banjo, the cigar box guitar’s origins can be traced to the African banjar, a stringed instrument with a gourd body. Banjars were played with a “diddly bow,” a device that some say provided the stage name for guitar master Bo Diddley.

Many early artists of rock, soul, and blues first learned to play music on a cigar box guitar. As blues giant Lightnin’ Hopkins relates, “I felt the blues was in me, so I went ahead and made me a guitar. I got me a cigar box, I cut me a round hole in the middle of it…and got me a tune out of it. I kept my tune and I played from then on.” Rockabilly great Carl Perkins picked his first tunes on a cigar box guitar. Because his family could not afford a real guitar, Carl’s father built one for him from a cigar box and a broomstick. Too poor to buy new strings, Carl tied his strings in knots when they broke. The knots cut his fingers, so he bent the strings rather than sliding his fingers along them while he played, inventing a twangy new “blue note” in the process.

Etsy’s resourceful cigar box guitar makers draw on this tradition of making do and doing it yourself —and they make great music in the process, too. “My whiskey box guitar project failed,” said Jake Chase from JellyHawk. “I have always known about cigar box guitars (especially Bo Diddley’s famous one) and I decided to look for a cool cigar box and make one.” Chris White from White Hot Glass started making cigar box guitars when he became the owner of a pre-made guitar that was “pretty rustic, to put it nicely. I thought I could do a little better.” Chris got more than just a nice sound out of it. “Creating music and art taps into a vein of human culture that pre-dates history,” he said. “It’s satisfying at a real core level.”

What should you look for if you’re in the market for a cigar box guitar of your own? “Customers need to look for quality craftsmanship, just like with any guitar or other instrument. If it looks cheap, it probably is cheap,” said Jake. “You want attention to detail,” adds Chris, “And a little soul.”

How good can a cigar box guitar sound? Check out this performance by Delta bluesman Super Chikan, on a cigar box guitar with a broomstick neck:

Have you ever played a cigar box guitar?

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Karen Brown is an award-winning designer and creative director of the Center for Ecoliteracy. Her work has been included in the Smithsonian Institution and Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and featured in The New York Times, Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, and on Today on NBC. She believes that the handmade movement is a fundamental force for transforming society and the economy.

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  • blainedesign

    Karen Brown from blainedesign says: Featured

    Last year at the Heirloom Expo they had the most amazing collection of handmade instruments I ever saw in my life, truly. Little bands from all over the country were playing handmade instruments, singing songs they wrote themselves. Thank you all for your comments, and I agree: it seems that nothing can suppress the music inside all of us.

    2 years ago

  • 1FarmBoy

    1FarmBoy from FrontPorchBlues says: Featured

    Thanks for the feature. I absolutely love making these instruments. I've been at it for a few years now, and still learn something new on each one. The best part for me is the moment it comes to life with the twist of a peg and the first pluck of a new string.

    2 years ago

  • allstarorganics

    allstarorganics from allstarorganics says: Featured

    And within the beauty of the guitars themselves is the beauty of the anonymous artists who designed the artwork on the cigar boxes. We used to lavish such attention on everyday things. This layer of tradition upon tradition is rich and moving.

    2 years ago

  • Ellareki

    Ellareki from Ellareki says: Featured

    I really enjoyed reading this (even though I haven't got a musical bone in my body!). I have always loved the ingenuity of functional and often beautiful objects using whatever resources were available to the maker.

    2 years ago

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie says:

    These cigar box guitars are amazing! I was lucky enough to see a couple who hand makes them at the Metallica concert in Atlantic City last summer. Really neat process and product!

    2 years ago

  • mrscsglutenfree

    Veronica from MrsCsGlutenFree says:

    This is Fantastic ! This is really what Etsy is really all about. Something new, made with love by real people. Thank you for these listings.

    2 years ago

  • jessgreenleaf

    Jess Greenleaf from GREENLEAFblueberry says:

    It is fascinating the things that can be made and accomplished with on-hand materials. These cigar box guitars remind me of a book I picked up at the library years about that was all about small works of art created by men at war. The detail on small metal and wood pieces was amazing. It is a good reminder about what can happen when drive and the creative spirit are combined, and that lack of materials is not necessarily a limiting factor in creating.

    2 years ago

  • LandonField

    Robin and Merle Van Houten from LandonField says:

    It's great to see an article which highlights material reuse. Job well done to both the author and the craftspeople! We've had a lot of fun centering our etsy shop around reuse. For those readers who have never given it a try I highly recommend it. It's ingenuitive, fun, exciting and rewarding!

    2 years ago

  • FrejaMoon

    Freja Moon from LikeFreja says:

    this is amazing! never thought it is possible:)

    2 years ago

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  • jwlc

    Josephine from MettleMakes says:

    Kind of reminds me of this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fXynrsrTKbI The innovation and spirit of seeing the potential and beauty in things is wonderful.

    2 years ago

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 from Parachute425 says:

    Fascinating. Great video! I'll be passing it on. Thanks.

    2 years ago

  • BemusingBaubles

    Sarah Laguna from BemusingBaubles says:

    This reminds me of trying to make guitars out of kleenex boxes when I was little, and drums out of pots and leather--fun times. These are very cool indeed.

    2 years ago

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage says:

    Amazing what the human mind can conceive!

    2 years ago

  • BemusingBaubles

    Sarah Laguna from BemusingBaubles says:

    Also, in response to Jess's comment about men at war making things--I've also read a lot about the great depression, and it seems as if, when down in spirits and circumstance, one of the first things people do is try to create music.

    2 years ago

  • divinecartomancy

    Bren from PsychicBren says:

    This is absolutely remarkable, I love the history behind this, if it were not for this article I would have never known that such a thing was being made back in the 1800's. I love history, we are all connected in one way or another. I think its wonderful that your keeping what was once known as a pass time, alive today. Thank you for sharing. Divine.

    2 years ago

  • bedouin

    Nicole from bedouin says:

    Innovative minds really do exist... beautifully done . Love music and this feature showcasing educational arts and resources for endless possibilities.

    2 years ago

  • EdelweissPost

    Patrick from EdelweissPost says:

    I have always been enchanted by cigar boxes -- they have what seem to me like old postage on them, adding art, texture and adventurous possibilities on what would otherwise be.... just a box.

    2 years ago

  • avarodan

    Ava Rodan from almafashionjewelry says:

    interesting. I've never heard of those cigar box guitar. but its a cool idea. seems like really a blues thing.

    2 years ago

  • ScrapHappyLyrebird

    Tess from GildedNotes says:

    ooh how amazing are these! Love what happens at the crossroads of music, art, history, and passion.

    2 years ago

  • HansHolzkopf

    Natalie from HansHolzkopf says:

    wow! how cool and interesting!!!

    2 years ago

  • gossamer531

    Gossamer Tearoom from TheGossamerTearoom says:

    This is brilliant! I love seeing people making what they need out of what they have and really love that you can make something to play music on. Want to see another great example of making a musical instrument out of nothing? Check out the trailer of the documentary "It Might Get Loud". Jack White of The White Stripes makes an electric guitar out of some wood, nails and a coke bottle and then plugs it into his amp and ROCKS OUT! Love seeing ingenuity like this!!

    2 years ago

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm from baconsquarefarm says:

    I've always admired the cigar boxes made by Squier and this makes me happy to see one of there's in your article...facinating read and video as well...wish all these shops great success with there combinations of music, art and love of creating.

    2 years ago

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  • H88255

    H88255 from HillarysSuperfoods says:

    Such a creative idea. That is wonderful!

    2 years ago

  • LoverofLeonard

    Colleen Smith from UnderABedWithLeonard says:

    My brother makes these kinds of guitars out of old vintage Christmas tins. It's always a neat thing to bring out around the holidays! He bought his first one and he has never looked back. He was hooked from the getgo. Good job guys!

    2 years ago

  • fbstudiovt

    Laura Hale from FoundBeautyStudioArt says:

    I'm going to second Gossamer Tearoom's suggestion to watch "It Might Get Loud". That was the first time that I realized musical instruments were just as DIY accessible as all the other things I work on. Somehow, and perhaps it has to do with being the granddaughter of a concert violinist and a member of a family of cut throat classical musicians, I never realized that making music was everyone's birthright. I'm so incredibly grateful for the folk musicians, the experimentalists, and the DIY instrument makers for reshaping my idea of what music can be. It's a completely liberating new world!

    2 years ago

  • auntjanecan

    Jane Priser from JanePriserArts says:

    What great history! I love this

    2 years ago

  • SamSammie

    Sam from SamieSam says:

    Love instruments made from everyday items. Great piece!

    2 years ago

  • GeorgieGirlLLC

    D George from GeorgieGirlLLC says:

    I would love the opportunity to see one or how they are made! Fantastic video, thanks for sharing.

    2 years ago

  • blainedesign

    Karen Brown from blainedesign says: Featured

    Last year at the Heirloom Expo they had the most amazing collection of handmade instruments I ever saw in my life, truly. Little bands from all over the country were playing handmade instruments, singing songs they wrote themselves. Thank you all for your comments, and I agree: it seems that nothing can suppress the music inside all of us.

    2 years ago

  • 1FarmBoy

    1FarmBoy from FrontPorchBlues says: Featured

    Thanks for the feature. I absolutely love making these instruments. I've been at it for a few years now, and still learn something new on each one. The best part for me is the moment it comes to life with the twist of a peg and the first pluck of a new string.

    2 years ago

  • jnorvelle

    Jayne Norvelle from jnorvelle says:

    Wow how cool! I have never heard of these what a great history!

    2 years ago

  • PaperWoodVintage

    Kristy from PaperWoodVintage says:

    I am loving this feature! A wonderful selection of items. The cool thing about these guitars is not only are they functional, but they're also a piece of art. My husband has been a guitar player for 20 years and decided to try his hand at making cigar box guitars, we have a huge appreciation for them. We have made quite a few locally and each one is unique. The best part is retelling the history of them...You have captured the beauty and magic of these instruments well. Thank you so, so much for adding one of our guitars!

    2 years ago

  • PrayerNotes

    Prayer Notes by Cynthia from PrayerNotes says:

    This is exactly why I love etsy! Yep! Great article and loved the video! SWEET!!

    2 years ago

  • fineartstoneware

    fineartstoneware from fineartstoneware says:

    Wonderful and so interesting!

    2 years ago

  • TopRackPinup

    Nina McCaskey from WeddedKiss says:

    those are terrific! what a great blend of old and new to make something functional and beautiful is a task in itself!

    2 years ago

  • OnceUponAGem

    Madi from OnceUponAGem says:

    Really cool!

    2 years ago

  • tranifer

    Tranifer Lovely from WonkyCritters says:

    Oh mannnn... I've always wanted one so badly. They're so light, beautiful, and get a really great sound. I remember when I was fifteen I went to a concert, and one of the opening bands had a guitar made out of a boat battery. Needless to say, I was totally in awe and in love.

    2 years ago

  • richardlithgow

    Richard Lithgow from RichardLithgow says:

    Woah, those are pretty terrific! I love the ones with artistic designs on them!

    2 years ago

  • peshka

    Peshka from Peshka says:

    Fantastic !

    2 years ago

  • Bessiescreations

    Bessie from BessiesCreations says:

    I wouldn't have ever imagined! This is great! Thanks.

    2 years ago

  • lovelygifts

    Linda from lovelygifts says:

    Really awesome!!

    2 years ago

  • aressa

    aressa from OriginalBridalHanger says:

    Never seen anything like this before...Kudos for your creativity!

    2 years ago

  • ElChocolatin

    Elena Petryanina from ElChocolatin says:

    amazing story! This date the inspiration

    2 years ago

  • OhFaro

    Faro from OhFaro says:

    FUn!

    2 years ago

  • allstarorganics

    allstarorganics from allstarorganics says: Featured

    And within the beauty of the guitars themselves is the beauty of the anonymous artists who designed the artwork on the cigar boxes. We used to lavish such attention on everyday things. This layer of tradition upon tradition is rich and moving.

    2 years ago

  • irinisklavounou

    irini from IrinisWorld says:

    Thanks for a great post and especially for Super Chikan who will now be staying with me for the rest of the day. Debatably, there is nothing more 'high culture' than a self made musical instrument that can carry a tune.....The 'gray masses' definitely need to rethink what they are doing here!!!

    2 years ago

  • KMalinka

    Natalia from KMalinkaVintage says:

    Awesome!

    2 years ago

  • GisieArt

    Giselle from MyArtAndFashion says:

    Amazing and unique guitars. Great history!!!!

    2 years ago

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  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty says:

    Wonderful!

    2 years ago

  • catchaleaf

    eva andrews from catchaleaf says:

    A fascinating feature and yet another revelation - I learn so much through being part of etsy!

    2 years ago

  • Ellareki

    Ellareki from Ellareki says: Featured

    I really enjoyed reading this (even though I haven't got a musical bone in my body!). I have always loved the ingenuity of functional and often beautiful objects using whatever resources were available to the maker.

    2 years ago

  • kathyjohnson3

    Kathy Johnson from kathyjohnson3 says:

    I remember making musical instruments out of anything we could find when we were kids so this post brought me back! Thank-you for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags says:

    Formidable !

    2 years ago

  • lcarlsonjewelry

    Liesl Carlson from lcarlsonjewelry says:

    Fabulous story!!! I love it my husband makes them and my sons play on them. I think that it is amazing.

    2 years ago

  • swaggjewelry

    April McGee-Riess from RawLuxGems says:

    This is really cool. I love hearing about alternative ways we can use unconventional things to make something fabulous.

    2 years ago

  • russtaylor

    Russ Taylor from russtaylor says:

    To talk about the statisfaction and enjoyment of making things yourself would certainly be "preaching to the choir" here at Etsy. I'm glad to see this creative element in a world where technology seems to be moving us away from the process of creating. They just don't seem to understand the words of the prophet: "You never understood that it ain't no good. You shouldn't let other people Get your kicks for you."........Bob Dylan

    2 years ago

  • wrensroost

    Marsha from wrensroost says:

    Great article, shows the deep passion for music, imagination and innovation!

    2 years ago

  • BeaumontStudio

    Olivia Beaumont from BeaumontStudio says:

    I had never heard a cigar box played until I watched that video. astounding!

    2 years ago

  • AntoinettesWhims

    Antoinette from AntoinettesWhims says:

    Cigar boxes have always been enchanting to me with their pretty labels and the way they smell. When I was young I had a couple stashed under my bed for all those little treasures of childhood such as a round pebble and some seashells. We even made cigar box banjos in girl scouts using rubber bands, nothing as wonderful as these, but to an 8 year old it was pretty magical. I have seen PaperWoodVintage's shop and followed a link to youtube to see him play these amazing instruments.

    2 years ago

  • meanjeanarts

    Jean from Meanjeanarts says:

    Absolutely fantastic feature! I had no idea...this is so informative. Not only do cigar box guitars sound great, they are beautiful. Love the blues and love the Super Chikan video--you've made my morning.

    2 years ago

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas from FreakyPeas says:

    wow! I can't believe I never heard of this! Thank you Etsy once again for enlightening me!

    2 years ago

  • ArtDecoDame

    Desiree from ArtDecoDame says:

    Great story!I love the history behind these.

    2 years ago

  • khateraahmad1

    Khatera Ahmad from Khatera9 says:

    Very creative. Congrats!

    2 years ago

  • carley465

    CAT Tillinghast from CATTATTING says:

    Love this. Absolutely amazing. This has made my day. :)

    2 years ago

  • lmouer

    Lynsey from lmouer says:

    What an interesting post! Thanks for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • FoxyGloves23

    Marie Cashin from MEmbroideries says:

    Cool inspiration! Good luck to you in your creating and selling!

    2 years ago

  • sukran

    Sukran Kirtis from SukranKirtisJewelry says:

    What an amazing creation, cigar box is very popular here in Ybor City, Tampa, FL but I don't think anybody thought to create something with cigar box before. Big Congrats on the feature

    2 years ago

  • BebeRMeyer

    Stephanie Lee from BobbleandWeave says:

    I've always loved cigar box guitars. They can be so beautiful- real works of art. I think it's really, really wonderful that you've chosen to feature such an interesting part of our folk history. Oh, and the video is awesome!

    2 years ago

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie says:

    That's so cool!

    2 years ago

  • deodorantshop

    Deodorant Shop from deodorantshop says:

    So unique, love it =)

    2 years ago

  • Squier

    Squier from Squier says:

    What a great tribute to the cigar box guitar. Thanks for the writing this interesting and informative article about the history of these fun instruments! Here at Squier on Etsy we love making them and hearing our happy customers play them!

    2 years ago

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  • SoftForest

    Betty Heppner from SoftForest says:

    Awesome video, I play guitar but not like that!!

    2 years ago

  • TheBondIsREAL

    Courtney Bond says:

    I totally believe we should be more resourceful. There is something beautiful about making something from nothing...literally! Not to mention that piece creates its own wonderful story. There is no better way to add spark to a piece than creating it from seemingly under-appreciated materials!

    2 years ago

  • livesmira

    livesmira from SEVILSBAZAAR says:

    Yaratıcılık bu olsa gerek..

    2 years ago

  • thevicagirl

    VaLon Frandsen from thevicagirl says:

    My best friend bought one for her husband for Christmas, and he loves it, and we like to look at it and think of how pretty it is. One day I will have one of my own.

    2 years ago

  • deadsetbabes

    dead set babes from deadsetbabes says:

    really innovative use of these materials, great work!!!!

    2 years ago

  • SpaceMauve

    Caroline Bee from SpaceMauve says:

    Great!!!!!!!

    2 years ago

  • LinaNstich

    Lina Rodogianni from LinaNstitch says:

    Always love music and everything related to it!

    2 years ago

  • theindiehandmade

    Ombretta from IndieLab says:

    simply Amazing!!!

    2 years ago

  • lkmccray

    Linzee from lkmccray says:

    I'd seen these cigar box instruments on Etsy, but never knew about their precedents. Thanks much for enlightening me, Karen.

    2 years ago

  • eshannon12

    Eric Shannon from BigBarkerDogBeds says:

    Great backstory. I've heard these in person, they sound great and you can get really creative with the look. Nice!

    2 years ago

  • sandrostumpo

    Sandro Stumpo from GalleryDiModa says:

    That guitar sounds great. I seen a guy on youtube who make flutes out of vegetables. They sound good too!

    2 years ago

  • mbueb

    Monica Bueb from MonicaBags says:

    What I love about these instruments their approachability. Even those of us who may have been apprehensive to play a traditional guitar can't help but to give these a go when given a chance. Great article, Karen!

    2 years ago

  • GrowingUpWild

    Kelly Engel from GrowingUpWild says:

    These are beautiful! I love the article and the love that goes into these.

    2 years ago

  • barrysavage

    Barry Savage from FloatingLeafArts says:

    Cool! I am just learning to play the regular guitar myself. My father makes his own cigar box guitars too.

    2 years ago

  • ThreeBarDGifts

    Monica from ThreeBarDGifts says:

    That video was amazing! Incredible sound from a cigar box and broomstick!!! Thanks for this article!

    2 years ago

  • kcparade

    Kim from TimeNSeasonTreasures says:

    Great feature and so fitting here on Etsy.

    2 years ago

  • ninedragons

    Elizabeth England from ninedragons says:

    Cigar boxes almost beg to be used for something wonderful -- I'd never heard of guitar's being made from them...love the early ingenuity and the continued creativity! Great post.

    2 years ago

  • ArlingtonStSRQ

    Sarah Nolt from ArlingtonStSRQ says:

    Necessity is the mother of invention...necessity to create, too, not only out of limited resources.

    2 years ago

  • raccoonvalleyrouge

    Rebecca Blevins from RaccoonValleyRouge says:

    These are great! We have one here in Raccoon Valley made out of an old paint thinner can. Still smells like paint thinner! Ha! They have a one of a kind sound! Rebecca Blevins www.raccoonvalleyrouge.etsy.com

    2 years ago

  • modernpoetry

    Elizabeth Loring from modernpoetry says:

    Thanks for the great article! If you want to learn to build your own cigar box guitars or just see pretty photos of them, you might be interested in this cool book: http://cigarboxguitarbook.com/Welcome.html

    2 years ago

  • mtfrisbie

    Mark Frisbie from GergenStudio says:

    Fantastic article! Thank you so much for including Gergen Studio's CBG's...My father and love making these and we strive to combine the primitive with high quality...the history of these guitars is very rich and I am so grateful for this article and the interest it has created...great job!

    2 years ago

  • lapetitenina

    Marina Palovaara from LaPetiteNina says:

    That's so cool.. I have never seen that before.

    2 years ago

  • blainedesign

    Karen Brown from blainedesign says:

    For those who want to try to make a cigar box guitar yourself, there are several good "how to's" and kits available on Etsy. Rock on!

    2 years ago

  • alangood

    alangood says:

    I actually have a wonderful cigar box guitar from Charlie Mojo, from Kentucky. It is wonderful thing of great beauty and simplicity. A true folk instrument. Thanks for letting the world know about this wonderful tradition.

    2 years ago

  • knitsbycaitlin

    Caitlin Edge from knitsbycaitlin says:

    So creative. Love it!

    2 years ago

  • Talking1

    Richard - TalkToMeGuy says:

    "You could say that resourcefulness is the soul of soul music itself". To me the soul of the Etsy and Maker communities ! Another wonderful, fun romp through the world of handmade. Thank You Karen! Thank you Etsy

    2 years ago

  • bojacobson

    Bo Jacobson says:

    What a huge sound for such a small instrument. Absolutely beautiful. Between the different boxes and other pieces I love that each one produces a unique sound to go with it's unique story. Fantastic.

    2 years ago

  • halliefranco

    Hallie Franco from HallieJohanna says:

    How creative!! I love the story that goes along with this one of a kind item

    2 years ago

  • annalisap

    annalisap says:

    with quiet clarity ms.brown has illuminated another unusual feast of artistic expression. like a comfortable companion -- cigar box instruments, their makers, individual artistry, cultural significance and amazing sounds offer a riot, a romp, and a rousing tour through an eccentric crowd of strong minded craftspeople, and strong willed music. this was a witty read and an amusing investigation into a jewel box of mesmerizing music, characters, and artful design.

    2 years ago

  • jackhuerta

    Jack Huerta from JackHuertaPhoto says:

    So cool! I'm now wanting one of these soulful instruments!

    2 years ago

  • onestringwillie

    One String Willie from onestringwillie says:

    Hi Karen- The diddley bow is actually an instrument by itself, not something used to play a "banjar." Traditional diddley bows are made by taking an old straw broom and removing the wire that holds the broom-straws onto the broom handle. The wire is stretched between two nails driven into a piece of wood, or the side of a house or a porch post. The wire is tensioned up by slipping a couple of jars or rocks or blocks of wood under the wire and sliding them towards the nails at each end. The instrument is played by plucking the wire or striking it with a stick. The pitch is changed with a glass or metal slide. I have played diddley bows as my main instrument for the last seven years, and they are fun! They are also easy to build--anyone can put one together in about 10 minutes using either wire from an old broom or the new broom wire I sell in my etsy shop, and following the building steps on my website www.onestringwillie.com Best regards, Willie

    2 years ago

  • millerkent

    Kent Miller says:

    Well Karen, you've given us yet another blog post that we never could have expected, that's -- OK, I'm just gonna say it (somebody's got to, right?) -- outside the box. Kudos to you, the makers, and especially Super Chikan!

    2 years ago

  • elizenazelie

    Elize Nazelie from ElizeNazelie says:

    Cigar boxes are a popular choice for ukulele bodies (because they make such a smaller instrument)... If anyone is looking to check out more cool instruments on etsy search for cigar box ukuleles, there are tons of cool ones on here!

    1 year ago