Cigar Box Ukulele

Cigar Box Ukuleles

Cigar box ukuleles may seem like a cobble together, homemade affair, but they have a venerable history and an expensive present.

Samual Kamaka made some high quality cigar box ukuleles. There have even been rumors that Leonardo Nunes’s first uke was a cigar box uke (although John King said it was unlikely and I bow to his vastly superior knowledge).

The tradition of high quality cigar box ukuleles continues today, particularly with Black Bear Ukuleles who produced a number of unusual and interesting cigar box ukes.

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How to Build a Cigar Box Ukulele

If you’re looking to build a cigar box ukulele, there are a few guides knocking around on the net. There’s a guide here (pdf) courtesy of Cigar Box Guitars who also have videos and other resources useful to anyone building a cigar box uke. There’s also a more academic article here (pdf).

One Comment

  1. michael veseart March 1st, 2016 11:43 pm

    I just got this on from one of my students grand mother. Said that she bought in Honolulu in the 60’s. Needs a bit of work.

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