I had used this box to see if I could get an old speaker cone to act like a resonator, the experiment was a failure. It is now going to have a 6” cone added, then just a neck and strings and it’s done.
Cigar box guitars are ( if using a cigar box) usually too thin for really good tone as sound from the back of the cone is trapped and muted. I have put some large grooves under the wood the cone stands on to get a little of that sound out.
It’s a pity the box had been used before ( there are loads of unnecessary holes ) but despite the small body it has a good sound.
The neck has a surface mounted neck stick on the back. I didn’t want any wood inside taking up space ( more space-more bass) Will do a quick video to show the sound ( yes I know you can’t see the sound but it’s the easiest way for my to do it) This also means the box could be replaced at a later date if a nice one turns up (yes I know you can get them on eBay, but I hate the idea of buying something that was designed to be thrown away)
Now it’s in one piece and playable I have some improvements I would add to a second Reso-cigar box guitar. There is little space under the cone, and I feel that more space would be desirable. So the cone could be set higher, however this would mean that it would need a raised cover plate or very high hand rest. With 2 identical cigar boxes, I could make a cover plate out of one that would cover the cone hole and the pattern/ stickers on the cover would line up with the box underneath. ( it made sense when I thought about it, though it seems confusing written down). A higher bridge will also allow a 90 degree neck/heal angle that will mean more brake angle ( if I need it) the present tailpiece is understrung. I’m fairly happy with the neck stick being screwed to the back, this means it comes off quickly and neck angle can be easily changed with a small shim. Hope to do a sound clip of some sort later today! Pete
Here we go, just noticed it’s a bit out of tune, but you should get some idea of the tone and volume. Most guitars made from a cigar box have little acoustic quality. My aim was to get a usable sound , hopefully it’s almost there. There is not much sustain and a danger it will sound a bit banjoish but on the whole a reasonable first attempt . It sounds best when you play Arabian Blues, ( I can’t play in that style ) and the lack of sustain gives an ‘oud’ like quality . Pete It does show that a 6” cone can get a sound out of a very small box