Harley-Davidson Tin 3-Stringer CB guitar

This unique 3-string guitar features a reproduction Harley-Davidson vintage advertising sign as the sound board. We built a custom box to fit the sign out of nice vertical-grain Douglas Fir, and then added a great multi-wood hardwood neck and Peruvian walnut fretboard. The result is a beautiful instrument that sound as great as it looks. Whether you want to hang it on your wall or play it at gigs, this build is sure to impress.

Check out the great features and specifications of this guitar below. The instrument shown in the photographs is the exact guitar you will receive.

Features Specifications
Custom-built Douglas fir box with reproduction Harley-Davidson sound board
Custom-shaped angled & extended headstock
Chrome open-gear tuners
Beautiful quartersawn white oak hardwood neck with black walnut heel and Peruvian walnut fretboard
Chrome mandolin-style tailpiece
Hardwood banjo-style bridge
Nickel-silver frets
Embedded piezo pickup
Scale Length 25″
Overall Length 37″
Box Size 14 1/8″W x 11 1/4″ H x 2 3/4″ D
Number of Strings 3
Intended Tuning G B E
Fretted Yes
Neck Wood Quartersawn White Oak with Black walnut heel and Peruvian walnut fingerboard
Pickup Style Disk Piezo

We also include a “player’s pack” of goodies with every guitar – a $34 value! This goodie bag contains the following great accessories:

Black nylon guitar strap
2 1/4″ polished copper slide
Pack of C. B. Gitty guitar picks
Digital chromatic guitar tuner
10ft. Black Amp Cord
Spare set of strings

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!

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