"Pure and Simple" Slide Cigar Box Guitar: Flying Bridge Model #1
The vision behind this cigar box guitar was to build a great-sounding, fun-to-play instrument that we could sell at a crazy low price. To do that, we went with a "stick on box" method of neck mounting, a straight headstock, a single sound-hole, and an unfretted neck with high string actions for slide guitar playing. What sets this instrument apart though is the innovative "flying bridge", which transfers the string vibrations around the neck and down to the box lid, which in our testing almost doubled the volume! The result is a great-sounding, fun-to-play and highly affordable cigar box guitar that we are proud to offer under the C. B. Gitty brand name!
Built in C. B. Gitty's workshop, located in the Seacoast region of New Hampshire, USA, these are great cigar box instruments - if you have been looking for a great-sounding, well-made cigar box guitar that you can tune up and start playing right out of the box, then look no further!
Check out the great features and specifcations of these guitars below. Please note that these are handmade instruments, and that the appearance of individual instruments may vary somehat due to differences in wood grains, etc. There may also be minor differences in hardware, but overall these are identical cigar box guitars. The instrument shown in the photographs is representative of this model and is not the exact guitar you will receive.
|Box Size||9 1/2W x 9 3/4" H x 1 3/8" D|
|Number of Strings||3|
|Intended Tuning||G D G|
|Neck Wood||White Ash|
Be sure to see our selection of guitar slides, strings and tuners for more great gear to go along with your guitar!
Every instrument that bears the C. B. Gitty name is built to a minimum standard of quality and playability, but you need to know that cigar box guitars are for the most part primitive and primal instruments that bear little resemblance to the shiny mass-produced things you see hanging on the wall of a guitar store. Each one is a unique, hand-made creation, as much instrument as art. They may have some rough edges, some nicks and scuffs, some "interesting" intonations, high actions, a bit of twang or sitar-buzz on certain strings, etc. That is part of what the CBG is all about. There are builders out there who turn out high-end professional-grade cigar box instruments, and charge hundreds of dollars for them, and that is fine. You just need to know that these instruments are built with a different purpose in mind. If all of that sounds good to you, then great! If it makes your blood pressure shoot up and causes you to start muttering about "real" instruments and the finely honed traditions of luthiery... then you probably shouldn't buy one of these!