The whole idea of cigar box guitars is the variety of designs, purposes, and customization they offer. I strive to do 2 main things with my CBGs.
1 – Make a great playing and sounding instrument
2 – Offer something different in every build
Here are some of the things I’m doing that differentiate my CBGs from most others.
Laser etched fret marks – I have a variety of designs that I burn into fret spaces. If you have a specific set of marker designs, let me know what they are and I can probably burn them in for you. The etchings are charred (black) indents.
Embedded bottle fronts – I’m a fan of bourbon and wine, and (scotch to a lesser extent). They seem like things that just go naturally with the ethos of CBGs. I take the fronts of bottles and mount them in the front of the guitar, usually under the bridge. This makes for some unusual design and a different tone. For some bottles I can cut the neck and produce a slide. Aside from making great slides, the combination gives a unique matched set of parts. Flat or mildly curved bottles work best while round bottles are a bit more difficult.