Handmade Cigar Box Guitars – great sound and quality…guaranteed

Choose a CBG from below or design your own and contact Nigel to order now.       McTrustry CBGs in Sunburst shop in Coogee, Sydney

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Below is a selection of our handmade cigar box guitars. The first step is to have a look at the examples below and choose your own design.  Then Contact Nigel to order. We use only quality parts and do not use piezo pickups. Each CBG is branded and serialised and we guarantee our work. Prices include postage and handling for all states. We also post internationally. Contact Nigel for international postage prices.
Wondering about frets? A fretless, slide instrument is easier to play because there are no chord shapes or fingerings to learn. It’s all open tuning and you follow the dots (fret markers) on the neck with the slide to make chords. The original CBGs were all slide instruments. They didn’t have the technology to fret them and that’s where that blues tone comes fromthe slide. It’s about keeping it simple and raw and uncomplicated. Nigel only makes fretless guitars but we now stock fretted CBGs from J Lee Guitars if you are after something fretted.   Contact Nigel
  McTrustry cigar box guitars in Sydney  

To create a unique instrument with an individual sound, choose from a variety of:

  • Pick-ups, including humbucker pickups (a more grungy sound e.g. Les Paul), handwound three pole pickups (stripped back, raw blues sound) and single coil pickups (clean, warm tones e.g. Fender, Strat/Tele);
  • Woods for necks; and
  • Cigar boxes from around the world.
Contact Nigel so we can make the cigar box guitar that you want.
Hear Nigel play his cigar box guitars on the ‘Resources’ page or on my youtube channel.
CBG lessons McTrustry Cigar Box Guitars offers both free how-to-play videos and cigar box guitars lessons via Skype or in Brisbane to have you strumming like a Bluesman/woman in no time and to keep you inspired. CBG lessons will be tailored to your level whether you’re a complete beginner or advanced. We want to make sure you are not only happy with your CBG but can go out there and impress your friends and family (and yourself).            

BLACK CAT BONE

3 string slide cigar box guitar
Rocky Patel cigar box
3 pole  humbucker pickup
Strap pins
Volume and tone controls
Antique Key bridge
Tassie Oak/Wenge neck
Scale: 24 3/4 inch
Vinyl record scratch plate

$495  (incl. p&h within Australia except WA – outside of Perth: +$30)

A slide can be purchased for $20 (see below)

 Contact Nigel for international postage costs.

Price: $495.00

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Smokestack Lightnin’

‘Smokestack Lightnin”

SOLD But can build to order (2 weeks)
Top of the range
3 string slide cigar box guitar
Arturo Fuente Cuban cigar box
2 x Juju hand wound pickups
Volume and tone knobs
Antique key for bridge
Tasmanian Oak/ Tasmanian Blackwood neck
Scale: 24 3/4 inch
Price:  $575 (incl. p&h within Australia except regional WA – $30)
Contact Contact Nigel for international postage prices.

Slide is available for $20 (see slides)

Price: $0.00

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SMOKIN’ GUN

‘Smokin’ Gun’

3 String Slide Cigar Box Guitar
Arturo Fuente cigar box (Dominican Republic)
Twin Mini Humbucker Pickups
Key Bridge
Tasmanian Oak neck with  Tasmanian Blackwood fretboard
Strap pins
Volume & Tone controls
Pick up switch
24 3/4 inch scale
Price: $545 (includes p&h within Australia except WA – outside of Perth: +$30)
Contact Nigel for international postage costs
A slide can be purchased for $20 (see below)

Price: $545.00

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Stray Cat Blues

Sold
3 string slide cigar box guitar
Aliados (Honduras) cigar box
2 x  pickups, Juju Single Coil Hand wound & 3 Pole Humbucker
2 x Volume and tone knobs,
Pickup switch
Antique key for bridge
Tassie Oak/ Tassie Black  neck
Scale: 24 3/4 inch
Price:  $545 (incl. p&h within Australia except regional WA – $30)
Contact Contact Nigel for international postage prices.
Slide is available for $20 (see slides)

Slide is available for $20 (see slides)

 

Price: $0.00

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Midnight Rambler

SOLD but can build similar (build time approx. 1-2 wks) – Contact Nigel
3 string slide cigar box guitar
Rocky Patel cigar box
Mortal coil Hand wound pickup
Strap pins
Volume and tone controls
3 string Tele Style bridge
Tassie Oak/Blackwood neck with Ooline fretboard
Scale: 24 3/4 inch
Vinyl record scratch plate

$495  (incl. p&h within Australia except WA – outside of Perth: +$30)

 Contact Nigel for international postage costs.
A slide can be purchased for $20 (see below)

Price: $0.00

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Black Betty 3 String Slide CBG.

BLACK BETTY
SOLD but can build similar (build time approx. 1-2 wks) – Contact Nigel
3 string slide cigar box guitar
Arturo Fuente cigar box (Dominican Republic)
Humbucker pickup
Volume and tone controls
Antique key bridge
Wenge / Tasmanian Oak Neck
Scale: 24 3/4 inch
$495 (incl. p&h within Australia except WA [outside of Perth]: +$30)
A slide can be purchased for $20 (see below)

Price: $0.00

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Yellow Dog

SOLD but can build similar (build time approx. 1-2 wks) – Contact Nigel
3 string slide cigar box guitar
Monte Cristo Cuban cigar box
Humbucker pickup
Strap pins
Volume and tone controls
Antique key bridge
Vic Ash neck with Ooline fretboard
Scale: 24 3/4 inch
$475 (incl. p&h within Australia except WA – outside of Perth: +$30)
 Contact Nigel for international postage costs.
A slide can be purchased for $20 (see below)

Price: $0.00

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Back in Black

SOLD
3 string slide cigar box guitar
Rocky Patel cigar box
Mini Humbucker pickup
Strap pins
Volume and tone controls
Antique key bridge
Wenge neck
Scale: 24 3/4 inch

$485

(incl. p&h within Australia except WA – outside of Perth: +$30)
 Contact Nigel for international postage costs.
A slide can be purchased for $20 (see below)

Price: $0.00

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Roadhouse Blues (left hander)

‘Roadhouse Blues’ (left hander)

SOLD but can build similar (build time approx. 1-2 wks)
3 string slide cigar box guitar
Romeo y Juliet Cuban
Humbucker pickup
Strap pins
Volume and tone controls
Antique key bridge
Tasmanian Blackwood neck with Ooline fretboard
Scale: 24 3/4 inch
$450 (incl. p&h within Australia except WA – outside of Perth: +$30)
 Contact Nigel for international postage costs.
A slide can be purchased for $20 (see below)
Road1L
Road2L

Price: $450.00

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Gift Voucher

Not sure which cigar box guitar to buy for someone?

A gift certificate will solve your problem.

Guaranteed to make them happy.

 

The lucky recipient can contact Nigel and select the guitar of their dreams or have one made specifically for them.

  • Free delivery!
  • Handmade, unique gift!
  • A personal surprise that they will treasure!
  • Easy to learn and fun to play!

After purchase you will be directed to a page where you can fill in details and leave a message to be delivered with the guitar.
McTrustry cigar box guitars in Sydney

 

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A creative and unique gift that will be heard throughout the years! An original, hand crafted cigar box guitar built by Nigel McTrustry – there’s nothing on earth quite like it!

Price: $500.00

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Mr Mojo Risin’

‘Mr Mojo Risin”

SOLD but can build similar (build time approx. 1-2 wks) – Contact Nigel
3 string slide cigar box guitar
Arturo Fuente cigar box (Dominican Republic)
Humbucker pickup
Volume and tone controls
Sink strainer resonator
Antique key bridge
Wenge / Tasmanian Oak Neck
Scale: 24 3/4 inch
$495 (incl. p&h within Australia except WA [outside of Perth]: +$30)
A slide can be purchased for $20 (see below)
Mr Mojo 3
Mr Mojo 4
Mr Mojo 1
 Mr mojo 2

Price: $0.00

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‘When the Levee Breaks’

‘When the Levee Breaks’

SOLD but can build similar (build time approx. 1-2 wks) – Contact Nigel
3 string slide cigar box guitar
Partagas Cuban cigar box
Humbucker pickup
Sink resonator
Volume and tone controls
Antique key bridge
Merbau Neck
Scale: 24 3/4 inch
$475 (incl. p&h within Australia except WA [outside of Perth]: +$30)
A slide can be purchased for $20 (see below)
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when3
when4
when2

Price: $0.00

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Price: $30.00

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‘Honey Waite’ Bass CBG

‘Honey Waite’

SOLD but can build similar (build time approx. 3 wk) – Contact Nigel

2 string slide cigar box guitar bass

Partagas Cuban cigar box

Mini humbucker pickup

Antique key bridge

Wenge (African rosewood) and Tassie Oak neck

Scale: 30 1/4 inch

Price: $550 (incl. p&h)

A slide can be purchased for $20 (see below)

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Price: $0.00

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Slide

218 Dunlop slide

This is the perfect slide for a three string cigar box guitar

$35 (including postage within Australia) / $20 with guitar

 

 

Price: $35.00

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