Unique Handmade Musical Instruments

Louisville, Kentucky · 85 Sales


Unique Handmade Musical Instruments

Louisville, Kentucky 85 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Announcement   Ammo box guitars, Cigar bok ukuleles, Skull guitars and much more!


Ammo box guitars, Cigar bok ukuleles, Skull guitars and much more!

Tate Chmielewski

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Tate Chmielewski


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rabbitgirlca on Dec 17, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

Guitar arrived in fine form.Awesome workmanship !! One of a kind I love it !


awreyjohn on Dec 11, 2014

4 out of 5 stars

Very nice craftsmanship and prompt delivery.

Brandy Hart Carroll

Brandy Hart Carroll on Nov 23, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

Thank you so much for finding the perfect match for us (and giving us 3 options to pick from). Turned out perfect; thanks to your special attention to detail.

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Creating instruments out of things that shouldn't be able to make music!

A few years ago at a folk art festival I saw somebody with cigar box guitars and being somebody who has always played music and built anything that came to mind I just had to look into them more.

I learned these are based on old time primitive stringed instruments people would make out of anything they found. I set out on building some of these and loved making something that you can play music with!

After building some very basic ones I decided to make a new goal of making these instruments play and sound the best I could while still keeping a little bit of the old style.

These days I've moved up from building pieced together cigarbox ukuleles to full blown mahogany with rosewood necks, electric guitars made out of old ammo boxes, ukuleles that have great acoustic volume even though its just an old metal lunch box!

Oh and can't forget about the skull guitars....

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  • Tate Chmielewski

    Owner, Maker, Photography

    Besides building instruments I work as a photographer, graphic designer and cinematographer/editor for film and video.

Shop policies

Last updated on August 30, 2012
All the instruments are handmade by me! For the cigar box instruments I take some time to pick out the best boxes I can find that will give the best sound. From there I build the necks for the stringed instruments and work on the intonation til its just right!
My goal is to make the cigar box instruments sound as good as they possibly can without modifying the box a lot.

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  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
PayPal is the preferred method of payment, although I can now take direct credit card payments! If paying by PayPal please be sure that your Etsy and PayPal address match and is correct. Payment is expected at time of purchase or within the limit of 3 days.

Layaway: I do offer a basic layaway for items $300 and over. Contact me for details about the item you are interested in.
**Orders outside the US - large instruments may take up to 3 weeks for delivery going by standard mail. Contact me if you wish to receive it sooner at a higher shipping cost**

Your order will be shipped with in 3 days once payment has cleared.
Some of the larger instruments take longer to safely pack, I do the packing myself and want to make sure the instrument arrives in one piece!
Refunds and Exchanges
I have a 30 day refund policy on any item, buys pays return shipping and will get refunded the cost of the item.

If the item was damaged in shipping we will arrange it to be shipped back and I will make the repairs.
Additional policies and FAQs
Contact me about custom instruments!