The vision behind our “Pure and Simple” line of instruments, including this tin banjo, was to build great-sounding, fun-to-play instruments that we could sell at great low prices. To do that, we went with a “stick on top” method of neck mounting, a straight headstock, and basic hardware. What sets these instruments apart though is the innovative “flying bridge”, which transfers the string vibrations around the neck and down to the sound board, which significantly increases the acousticvolume! The result is great-sounding, fun-to-play and highly affordable instruments 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 fun instruments – if you have been looking for a great-sounding, well-made cigar box guitars, cookie tin banjos or other interesting musical creations that you can tune up and start playing right out of the box, then look no further!
Please note that due to the special low price of this instrument, it does not count towards our $100 free shipping offer.
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.
Stylish Art Deco-style Film Can
Open-gear Tuners with pearloid buttons
Beautiful oiled American White Ash neck
Hand-marked fret markers
Shiny black screened sound hole inserts
Hard Maple “Flying Bridge” designed by C. B. Gitty
Black string ferrules
Scale Length 25″
Overall Length 36″
Tin Size 10″ Diameter by 2″ deep
Number of Strings 3
Intended Tuning G D G
Neck Wood White Ash
Pickup Style None
Be sure to see our selection of guitar slides, strings and tuners for more great gear to go along with your guitar!
*** WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE BUYING ONE OF OUR CIGAR BOX GUITARS ***
A cigar box guitar is a rude, often crude, gritty home-made instrument, and there aren’t really any rules when it comes to making them. They are about as far as you can get from the glossy, soul-less factory-made instruments hanging on the walls of most music stores today. The CBGs we sell are meant to invoke the sorts of instruments that the founding fathers of blues would have built from stuff they had laying around – an old empty cigar box for the body, a piece of scrap lumber for the neck, scrap pieces of woods, lengths of bolt, old keys, etc for the nut and bridge, miscellaneous hardware such as a hinge half for the tailpiece.
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!