Build a Hot Rod Cigar Box Guitar



"Dear Gitty, What parts would you recommend for a hot rod cigar box guitar?" -Joe G., London UK


Good question, Joe! Let's whip up a killer 3 or 4-string hot rod with fretted neck and electric mag pickup. Here's what we recommend (and you'll have some parts left over to get you going on your next build too)...

Neck: Maple neck extended headstock.  $22.49 with options

  • Neck blank ready to be formed and shaped
  • Maple wood for rock solid feel
  • Extended headstock so you can customize the hot rod look

Fretboard - Exotic Wenge, fully fretted - $43.99

The dark wood will contrast incredibly with the maple neck. Fully fretted and ready to glue onto the neck blank above. Fretted to a 25-inch scale (nice standard guitar scale) with 20 frets.

Nut:  Bone nut for best sustain and tone - $6.99 for pair

Tuners:  there can be only one choice...  Black Skulls  $21.49 for a set of 6. 

They will contrast perfectly with the maple headstock. Don't like skulls? choose from one of our other great varieties of sealed-gear tuners

Pickup - Pre-wired "Snake Oil" mini humbucker - $28.49

  • Delivers a mix of sultry humbucker and snarling single coil tones
  • Chrome cover looks amazing on any box

Volume Knob - Outlaw Speed Skull - $6.40 a pair

The perfect hot rod match to the black skull tuners. Or if you are anti-skull, choose from one of our many other knob varieties.

Bridge:  Hard-tail 3-string Bridge - $11.79  OR  Hard Tail 4-String Bridge - $14.29

  • Allows you to set intonation for each string
  • Chrome matches the Snake Oil Pickup

Sound Holes - Chrome screened sound hole inserts - $9.49 a pair

Screened sound hole covers like these are an awesome way to add a touch of class to your special build.

Strap Buttons - Chrome $3.99 a set

Any guitar intended to be played regularly should have a strap - and straps call for strap buttons! Slap a pair of these on your build and guitarists everywhere will weep with gratitude.


Electric Guitar Strings Set - $6.99

This set of strings was specially chosen by Shane Speal for his own cigar box guitars. It contains 6 premium, made-in-the-USA nickel-wound strings that can be used for a variety of tunings, including the ever popular GDG and GDGB!


Premium Cigar Box - Prices Vary

Of course to build a cigar box guitar, you need a cigar box! If you don't already have one, you can choose from one of ours!


 Combine these parts and you'll have one completely tricked-out hot rod guitar!