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Cigar Box Guitars

This page contains Cigar Box Guitars currently available for sale.  

The page will be updated as products are sold and added. Please check back often to see the updates as new guitars are always being created.


“Torpedo” is the name for this hybrid creation!

I wanted to figure out a way to utilize the smaller, thinner cigar boxes that I have in my collection.  They are typically not deep enough to use as a traditional cigar box guitar body so I think this idea is the perfect solution.

The thinner box has had two corners cut off and mounted to the much larger cigar box body.  The result is a “V” shape body that is a bit reminiscent of the Flying V style of guitar that we all know and love.

I decided to leave the natural finish and colouration on both boxes which gives Torpedo its rich wood tone look.  The neck is made from locally grown Big Leaf Maple and the fretboard is made from locally grown English Walnut. 

Torpedo features all chrome accents including a “Snake Oil” style of pickup.  The bridge is a homemade design and is fully adjustable for perfect intonation and action.  This is a fully fretted, electric guitar set up on a 25-1/2″ scale length.  Torpedo is tuned to an open G and sounds really cool with that unique pickup.  

Deep, rich tone with a deep rich finish!!



“Joya” is an another fine example of a great playing cigar box guitar.

She is made from a beautifully patterned cigar box featuring black and silver colours.  I decided the guitar should also have black and silver colours on all the electrics, the tuners, and even the carrying handle made from an old drawer handle. A Maple neck with Black Walnut headstock wings and a very nicely figured Big Leaf Maple fretboard make this guitar look amazing!

“Joya” has a bright sounding single coil pickup with separate volume and tone controls.  She is set up on a 25-1/2″ scale length and is tuned to the ever popular Open G tuning.  She is fully fretted to 24 frets, has low action, and excellent intonation.

This beauty is really a great option for someone looking for an easy playing guitar!  


Ride or Die

“Ride or Die” is one of the most popular cigar box guitars that I have made!  The Indian Motorcycle cigar boxes are getting more difficult to find and whenever I make one, they don’t last long before they are snapped up!  Motorcycle people love their bikes and anything related.  

“Ride or Die” features a “Snake Oil” style humbucker which gives this guitar a certain growl (just like the bike).  Volume and tone controls are in easy reach and the vintage chrome/red carrying handle matches perfectly.  The guitar is fully fretted and is set up on a 25-1/2″ scale.  She is tuned to Open G and sounds great.

The neck is Maple and the fretboard is Walnut with Birch fret dots.  The headstock features an additional Indian Motorcycle logo and a American Indian head nickel.  (Don’t worry….my signature 1961 Canadian nickel is still hidden on the guitar somewhere).

This is the perfect guitar for the Indian Motorcycle collector.

SOLD to Nella

Plasencia II

“Plasencia II” is a fantastic 3 string fretless slide guitar.

The heavy sided wood box has a convenient recessed area on the top which worked perfectly for installing a magnetic wound pickup and the volume/tone controls. These pickups have a nice warm tone and the Martin brand strings add quality to the overall sound. Fret location marks are burned into the top edge of the neck for player reference and ease of play. “Plasencia II” is tuned to an open G tuning and features a 25-1/2″ scale length.

The guitar features a neck made from locally sourced Big Leaf Maple and the fretboard is a figured slice of local Spalted Maple.  These are excellent hardwoods for building guitars and certainly beautiful to look at. The handmade floating bridge is cut from the same board as the neck for colour consistency. The design is simple but the results are fantastic.

This is a great guitar to get someone started in the world of slide style play. 


Project 40

“Project 40” is a really fun guitar to play.  The “40” on the cigar box lid was the inspiration for this build.  The antique brass accents that I used were chosen to match that number.  

“Project 40″ is fully fretted and fully electric.  This 3 string guitar is tuned to Open G and is set up on a 25-1/2” scale length.  The flat wound pickup nestled under the antiqued brass pickup cover gives this guitar a really bright tone.  On board volume and tone controls provide easy access for adjusting while on the fly.  Low action and great intonation make this guitar a dream to play,

The neck is solid Maple with some Black Walnut wings on the headstock.  The fretboard is Black Walnut and the bridge is Maple.  The tailpiece is also Maple with a Walnut top to match the neck and fretboard.  

This is a great sounding 3 string cigar box guitar!



“Iroquois” is an absolutely beautiful cigar box adorned with the flag from the Iroquois Confederacy.  The purple flag with four connected white squares with an eastern white pine tree in the centre represents the six nations of the Haudenasaunee (meaning “People of the Longhouse”).

The light/dark colours on this box are repeated throughout the design of this guitar.  Black accents and rich Black Walnut are balanced with the Red Oak and Maple.

“Iroquois” is a fully fretted, fully electric 3 string guitar set up on a 25-1/2″ scale.  It has a split coil pickup that can be switched to different positions for different tones. The action is nice and low and the intonation is fantastic.  

This box is quite unique with colours that I don’t often see. It’s a great looking guitar that honours an important part of our Canadian history.



Macanudo Blanco

“Macdanudo Blanco” is the perfect guitar for you to get your Blues on!

Completely fretless, this 3 string electric guitar is the perfect slide guitar for playing all those old Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson tunes! “Macanudo Blanco” is a full 25-1/2″ scale and is currently tuned to an Open G.  The magnetic wound pickup is wired directly to the cable jack and offers a nice, bright tone.  The handmade floating bridge is fully adjustable by turning the nuts at the base which raises or lowers the action. 

The guitar has a simple design.  The neck is locally harvested (ethically of course) Big Leaf Maple with a slice of  Flame Maple for a fretboard.  The fretboard offers two full octaves of playability and that means lots of room to really show off your chops!  The black fret dots have been added for player reference making it easier to slide up to your note.

A great guitar for anyone wanting to get started in the world of Cigar Box Guitars.