Hand Crafted Cigar Box Guitars

Reisterstown, Maryland

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Last updated on Mar 11, 2022

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About EclecticElectricCBG

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On Etsy since 2018

I am in engineering by trade but I have been playing and collecting guitars, and woodworking for over 30 years. About five years ago, I came across a cigar box guitar and was intrigued at how such a great sound can come from such simple materials. Ever since I have been combining my woodworking and engineering skills with my guitar knowledge to create unique cigar box guitars!

I love experimenting with different designs (both traditional and non-traditional), constructions, and materials to see what types of different effects they have on the sound of each instrument. I design each guitar around the type of cigar box I'm using, based on it's size, thickness, and construction as well as it's unique design and style. I meticulously hand craft all of the necks and fret boards--spending hours carving, shaping, sanding, and finishing each one to ensure the instrument is musically accurate and comfortable to play.

I hope my customers will appreciate the craftsmanship and enjoy both playing and displaying the many various guitars I create!

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  • Brian Long

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I am passionate about guitars of all types, both playing and collecting them. Cigar box guitars truly get down to the musical roots of guitars, and can sound just as good as any high end electric guitar if constructed well (but they look way cooler!)

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Last updated on May 31, 2018


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Frequently asked questions

How do I care for the instrument?

The wood parts of the guitar have been either clear coated or have several coats of Tung Oil applied for protection. In all cases, wipe the fret board, box and neck down with a clean micro-fiber cloth after playing to improve the life of the strings and wood. This will also help maintain the guitar’s playability, as oils and dirt from your hands can build up and make movement across the strings and neck less smooth. Keep the instrument out of excessive humidity and excessively dry conditions. Wood will swell and shrink depending on humidity.

How do you tune the Cigar Box Guitar?

It is normal for all guitars to fall out of tune over time, as the wood expands and contracts with changes in temperature and humidity, and the strings stretch from playing. To re-tune them, just slowly turn the tuning knobs a little at a time to loosen or tighten each string until the correct pitch is achieved.

My 3 string guitars are designed for a tuning of: G (for the thickest string), D (For the middle string), and g for the thinnest string (which is tuned 1 octave up from the thickest G string).
My 4 string guitars are designed for a standard tuning like a typical 6 string guitar (using the 4 highest strings): D-G-B-e .

It is normal for new strings to need frequent re-tuning until they settle in and stretch.

What gauge strings should I use?

The guitars come with the following string gauges installed on them:
3 string: G=.042, D=.030, g=.013
4 string: D=.026, G=.018, B=.013, e=.010

**IMPORTANT--Please use these string gauges as the guitars are designed to play best with these string tensions. Using different gauges could damage the guitars.

The type of strings that should be used varies depending upon the guitar you purchase. Refer to the specifications on your guitar’s listing for the appropriate type to use.

How do I replace the strings on the guitar?

These guitars are designed with either a neck that passes through the box or a hardtail metal bridge that is bolted to the top of the guitar. The hardtail bridges have holes for the string to pass through on the rear of the bridge and up onto the adjustable saddle. On some guitars, you feed the string up through the brass ferrules where the wood neck exits the box and then onto the top of the floating bridge and saddle.

Be Careful not to lose the bolts or saddle when removing strings as they are held in place by the string tension when tuned. Note the proper gauge of strings to use in the previous FAQ.

Can I adjust the string action (height) higher or lower?

I design my guitars for optimum playability. On some of my guitars I use bolts for the nut or saddle. This design allows the individual player to be able to raise or lower the action to your liking, especially if you like to play with a slide. You can easily install a larger diameter bolt to raise the action, if you prefer. On guitars with a hardtail bridge, you can also adjust the action at the bridge.

Do I need to use a guitar pick or slide to play these?

My guitars are designed so that they can easily be played with a guitar pick, a slide, or just your fingers for picking and fingering the fret board. So you can get many different types of sounds from each instrument depending upon how you choose to play it!

Can I return the guitars?

I stand behind my work and want you to be happy with your purchase! I will accept a return on any guitar for any reason as long as you notify me via Etsy message of your intent to return it within 14 calendar days of receipt and I receive it back within 30 calendar days of receipt in good condition. You are responsible for return postage, and safe packaging. I also recommend purchasing insurance when returning it to protect you in case it is damaged in transit back to me.

If your guitar should arrive damaged, please notify me via Etsy message within 5 calendar days of receipt and send me pictures of the packaging and damaged areas on the guitar. I will place a claim with USPS and you can decide if you want it repaired or refunded.