500 cigar box guitars

I’ve been busy in the workshop and am really happy to say that I’ve passed the 500 mark. Yes, 500 of my cigar box guitars are out in the world and my hope is that they’re all being played if not daily then at least with joy whenever they are being played. It’s a cliche, but music really does feed the soul. A massive thank you to all of you who have helped me on this journey: the buyers, the players, the builders, my friends and family, and the rest of you who inhabit the cigar box guitar and blues tribes around the world.


Cigar box guitar gift certificates

I’ve had a number of inquiries lately about whether I offer gift certificates. Well, yes I do. You can now buy a gift certificate and your loved one can choose the design they like. Contact me at nigel@cigarboxguitarsaustralia.com for more info.



I love building my guitars. But I really LOVE playing them and I’m looking forward to playing at these fantastic events/gigs coming up:

Sat, 17 October – The Numinbah Valley Stomp: Numinbah Valley School of Arts Community Hall: 


Sun, 1 November – Grassroots Festival, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens:

Sat, 28 November at The Royal Mail Hotel at Goodna, Brisbane, in the afternoon
Thurs, 3 December at Sonny’s House of Blues in Brisbane city

Play your cigar box guitar

I also want to give a big shout-out to all of you who have subscribed to my Youtube channel. I love making the videos specifically for the cigar box guitar (and will make another couple really soon!) and hope that you’re getting something (big or small) from them.

Click here for my Youtube channel and to listen to some good ole cigar box guitar blues.


Thanks for your support.

All the best



Nigel McTrustry

McTrustry Cigar Box Guitars



Learn to play the cigar box guitar

It’s great to see how Internet resources are building for beginning and established cigar box guitar players. There’s so much more information out there than was even a couple of years ago: a groundswell of everyone sharing information. Now anyone can learn how to play the cigar box guitar wherever they are in the world, as long as they have an Internet connection. And I think that’s fantastic.

I’ve also made some new how-to-play videos for the cigar box guitar. Here are some recent how-to-play vids. Check out my website (http://cigarboxguitarsaustralia.com/started-videos-tips/) and my Youtube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/TheBootlegger007) for more.

1. How to play Honky Tonk Woman 

2. How to play Seven Nation Army by the White Stripes

3. How to Play Little Red Rooster Part 2

For more indepth knowledge, check out Pat Curley’s website at: http://www.learncigarboxguitar.com/.

Recent builds

I’ve also spent the last couple of months making special orders coming all the way from France, the US, Brazil and Belgium. Thanks to all of you who have found your way to my little corner of the Internet. Here’s a few photos of recent builds.

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Gig – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall in Brisbane

I’m really looking forward to playing some cigar box guitar blues at Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall on Caxton Street, Brisbane, Sunday 12 July from about 7.30pm. Along for the ride will be Scottie Burke on drums, Caroline Hammond on percussion and uke and Troy Pierce on bass. It’s gonna be a helluva night so come along if you’re in the area. No door charge.

Here’s a couple of videos of my newer, original cigar box guitar songs:

1. Let it slide

2.  Bertha Dub

3. Flood


Nigel McTrustry

McTrustry Cigar Box Guitars


Cigar box guitar sale!

I’m having a sale on my current stock of cigar box guitars. 15 per cent off all my CBGs while stocks last. The sale is on for this week only so have a look around. If you’ve been waiting for a sale to get yourself a beautiful, handcrafted cigar box guitar, well now’s the time: http://cigarboxguitarsaustralia.com/products-page/

3 string CBG plus 1 string bass (two outputs)

3 string CBG plus 1 string bass (two outputs)



If you’re wondering if a McTrustry cigar box guitar is for you, then here’s a few things I provide:

  • quality parts
  • guaranteed craftsmanship
  • ongoing support, tips and videos on how-to-play your CBG
Twin tone - Cohiba cigar box with gold foil pickup

Twin tone – Cohiba cigar box with gold foil pickup

If you have any questions about what you see, just let me know.




'Crawlin' King Snake' 3 string slide cigar box guitar

‘Crawlin’ King Snake’ 3 string slide cigar box guitar


Wrap up from Woodford Folk Festival

Finally recovered from a busy Christmas/New Year’s period and have made some new videos for the cigar box guitar. Woodford Folk Festival in the last week of December was outstanding once again. The music, the acts, the vibe are always fantastic. It has that village feel but the world comes to you.

I played down at Bluestown one hot morning. The three plus one (bass) string CBG played through two separate amps had a huge sound and went down a treat.

Matt Elliott on washboard

Matt Elliott on washboard

I also had the privilege of meeting a number of musicians from around the world. Christine Salem from Reunion Island came in and fell in love with this CBG.

Christine Salem with her sound man

Christine Salem with her sound man


Darren Middleton of Powderfinger fame (and other great stuff!) with ‘Twin tone’ CBG.

Darren Middleton of Powderfinger fame (and other great stuff!) with ‘Twin tone’ CBG.

Cigar Box Guitar Australia stall at Woodford Folk Festival

Cigar Box Guitar Australia stall at Woodford Folk Festival

New how-to-play videos for the CBG

I’ve been busy with the video camera. Here are a couple of my latest how-to-play songs on the cigar box guitar. Hope you enjoy.

You Shook Me All Night Long – http://youtu.be/vy0Z92-ds2I?list=UUAXmz0dq0mIV-Ro6K3ssJyg

Honky Tonk Woman – http://youtu.be/P-f-JZZfQcE?list=UUAXmz0dq0mIV-Ro6K3ssJyg

To get access to all my latest how to play cigar box guitar videos, check out my Youtube channel.

The Guardian talks cigar box guitars at Womadelaide

I’d forgotten about meeting the English chap, Alfred Hickling, who made this video for England’s The Guardian. You see some CBG action just after a minute into the video. It reminds me how great Womadelaide was!

Here’s a link to the video: http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2014/mar/12/10-things-womadelaide-2014-womad-adelaide

Recycled Roots Festival

I’ll be performing at the Recycled Roots Festival in Bendigo on Saturday, 4 April. The line-up is fantastic so come along and join in the fun!

For more info, check out: https://www.facebook.com/recycledrootsfestival.

recycled poster

New cigar box guitar builds

Back in the workshop. Here are some of my latest cigar box guitars for sale.

 Cross4 stray2 crawl1 twin3


Nigel McTrustry

McTrustry Cigar Box Guitars


Coochie Island Blues and Roots – Australia Day long weekend Sunday session

I’m really excited to announce the Coochie Island Blues and Roots Sunday session, Australia Day long weekend 2015. Coochiemudlo Island is lies in Moreton Bay, between Brisbane and the Gold Coast and, although only 5 square kilometres in size, boasts more than four kilometres of beautiful, safe beaches.



Great beaches for the kids

Great beaches for the kids

On Sunday, 25 January 2015, talented musicians will converge on the island at the Community Hall and put on a Sunday session that will, I’m sure, be remembered for a long time to come.

coochie poster for post

Special mention goes out to The Coochiemudlo Island Events Association for its support – thanks everyone!

Woodford Folk Festival – 27 Dec – 1 Jan

It’s that time of year again…Woodford Folk Festival, a definite must-do on the festival circuit. I’m back again with my cigar box guitars, cigar box basses and cigar box one-string diddley bows so come along and have a play.


I think I’ll plug this guitar in 🙂


Cigar box guitars on display cbg1

New how-to-play Shake ’em on Down vid

Here’s my latest how-to-play cigar box guitar video – Shake ’em on Down. Hope you enjoy.

Drop me a line to let me know how your CBG journey is going.

All the best,



Nigel McTrustry

McTrustry Cigar Box Guitars


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