“Cigar Box Guitars” have been around since the mid 1800’s and the Great Depression of the 1930’s saw a resurgence in CBG’s. The modern revival of these instruments has led to the catchphrase “There is one rule for CBG’s and that is ‘there ain’t no rules.’ So you build ’em how you like, string ’em how you like and play ’em how you like.”
For me the Cigar Box Guitar is a blank canvas awaiting the artist. My emphasis is on the timbers used for its construction. I will always try to use reclaimed timber whenever possible, and Australian hardwoods such as Murray River Redgum and Blackwood are my speciality. They can be customised and decorated at will to produce one off individual pieces.
Hang it on the wall if you must, but please play it!
My guitars are 3 string fretless, tuned to open G. They must play well and sound great.
All guitars have magnetic pickups with a selection of humbuckers and custom made mortal coil.
Other hardware reflects the raw simplicity of the instrument.