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The Cigar Box Guitar Shop from BellyJellyMusic has the most complete set of written and video instructions available anywhere on the net. Novice or Advanced guitar builders can all find something here. 

How to Build A Cigar Box Guitar:
Volume 1

This DVD is for anyone interested in building their own guitar, and learning to do it simply in a "walk before you run" style. Make a 4-string, fretted cigar box guitar.

Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate

How to Build a Cigar Box Guitar:
Volume 2

This DVD is for anyone interested in building a guitar 
limited by time, tools, or resources. Make a 6-string slide guitar from a broom and a cigar box.

Skill Level: Beginner

How to Build A Cigar Box Guitar:
Volume 3

This DVD is for anyone interested in building an electric guitar that looks as 
unique as it sounds. Filled with tips and tricks learned over many years, this DVD is useful to beginners and experienced guitar makers.

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

One Man's Trash: A History of the
Cigar Box Guitar


Spanning over 150 years of artifacts, this book is a collection of the history of the cigar box guitar, its origins and its changes in value and perception from the mid-1800s to the present.

Includes a complete set of 20 cigar box instrument plans!


What does a cigar box guitar sound like? We get asked that question a lot. Here are 5 answers to that question performed by Jehle with his Cigar Box Guitar based group, Nadaband.

Roots Christmas

Nothing feels better than the inner warmth of Christmas music on cold winter nights. Justin Johnson, in his prequel to Smoke & Mirrors, plays through 10 classics of the season on humble cigar box guitars.

Smoke & Mirrors

When I first took ownership of the Cigar Box Guitar Museum, I had a dream to record these unique instruments. Justin Johnson had a similar dream to produce a historical recording. Smoke & Mirrors is the result of that shared dream.

Now the Cigar Box Guitar Museum is something that you can see and hear. Extensive notes on the instruments played and two CDs packed with 22 tracks.