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  Some of the instruments I have made.  Click on any photo for a larger image.

 IMG_9291This is one of the more recent instruments to come off the bench.        
 This is nice Tenor Cigar Box Uke made for my good friend Bob W. 
I put a lot of time and effort into this one, and I am proud of it. Most importantly, Bob likes it too!

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A very sweet Soprano Cigar Box Uke with a tender voice. One of the nicest I have made so far.
A very sweet Soprano Cigar Box Uke with a tender voice. One of the nicest I have made so far.

 

 

Every good "front" deserves a nice "back" as well.
Every good “front” deserves a nice “back” as well.

 

 

4 string cigar box guitar. Ordered as a birthday gift for a friend by his family.

4 string cigar box guitar. Ordered as a birthday gift for a friend by his family

 

4 string cigar box guitar. Ordered as a birthday gift for a friend by his family.

 

 

My personal 3 string cigar box guitar and a little cigar box amp that I also made.
My personal 3 string cigar box guitar and a little cigar box amp that I also made.
 
4-string Cigar Box Bass Guitar - 30.5" scale. It rocks!
4-string Cigar Box Bass Guitar – 30.5″ scale,  with a humbucking pickup. Made for a great friend as a Christmas present. 

Rock on Smitty!

                                            
A pair of cigar box uke's.
A pair of cigar box uke’s:  tenor size on the left;  soprano size on the right. The one on the left is now proudly owned by Karry.
 
A trio of cigar box instruments. 4 - string guitars - 25.5" scale (left & center), concert size uke (right).
What a family! Cigar box: Appalachian (lap) dulcimer (front); soprano size uke (left rear); concert size uke (2nd from left rear); 3 string guitar (2nd from right rear).  3 string "Can-tar" (right rear). Too much fun!
What a family! Cigar box instruments: Appalachian (lap) dulcimer (front); soprano size uke (left rear); concert size uke (2nd from left rear); 3 string guitar (2nd from right rear). 4 string “Can-tar” (right rear). Too much fun!

 

Long scale Appalachian (lap) dulcimer made from 5 boxes joined together.
Long scale Appalachian (lap) dulcimer made from 4 boxes joined together.

 

Just what the touring musician needs - a little private storage space!
Just what every touring musician needs – a little private storage space!This instrument recently found a new home – Yea!Happy dance time!
3 string full scale "can-tar".
4 string full scale “can-tar”.
 
4 string soprano size "can-uke".
4 string soprano size “can-uke”.
3 string "Can-Tar"
3 string “can-tar”.
One of my earlier 4 string cigar box guitars.  Given as a gift to my dear friend Pastor Bob Holt.
One of my earlier 3 string cigar box guitars. Given as a gift to my dear friend Pastor Bob Holt, from Christ the King Church, in Oxford Michigan. It’s my “home church” – maybe you’d like to visit sometime? You would be most welcome to.

One of my early cigar box guitars.

 

 

I made this concert size Uke for a dear friend of mine, Ms. Lola.
I made this concert size Uke for a dear friend of mine, Ms. Lola – and she hasn’t stopped thanking me yet!She is one of my biggest supporters. You know I love you too!

 

I installed this sound hole in the upper left bout of an acoustic guitar. It creates an opportunity for the player to hear more of the instrument.
I installed this sound hole in the upper left bout of an acoustic guitar. It creates an opportunity for the player to hear more of the instrument.

 

The "Ben-Castor", a "tele" style electric guitar. The top is made from 80 year old Michigan Red Maple that was felled and milled at my Grandfather Ben's farm.
The “Ben-Caster”, a “tele” style electric guitar. The top is made from 80 year old Michigan Red Maple that was felled and milled at my Grandfather Ben’s farm.
The "Ben-Castor", a "tele" style electric guitar. The top is made from 80 year old Michigan Red Maple that was felled and milled at my Grandfather Ben's farm.
The “Ben-Caster”, a “tele” style electric guitar. The back was made from an old  pine board I had stored in my garage.

6 string electric "double cigar box" guitar!  This guitar has 2 single coil pickups and it plays beautifully.  Proof positive that I really do make one-of-a-kind instruments!

This is a full scale 6 string electric double cigar box guitar. It has two single coil pickups with volume and tone controls. To my knowledge it’s the only one of it’s kind… Then again, who would build such a thing? It has a clean, fast action with excellent intonation. The engineering required to make it all happen was no small feat… But, it was a true challenge – and I do like challenges.

Normally guitars are always best left in their original condition - a fact that I completely respect.  This 1967 Gibson SG Jr., however, had been left in a barn for years. The finish was completely shot, half the parts were missing, and the other half were not correct (to the instrument).  I did a refinish, re-fret, and found numerous period correct replacement parts (from the USA and Europe), and installed a Lollar "over-wound" P-90.                   It rocks.

Normally guitars are always best left in their original condition – a fact that I completely respect. This 1967 Gibson SG Jr., however, had been left in a barn for years. The finish was completely shot, half the parts were missing, and the other half were not correct (to the instrument). I did a refinish, re-fret, and found numerous period correct replacement parts (from the USA and Europe), and installed a Lollar “over-wound” P-90.

It TOTALLY rocks!
My Workbench Area
My Workbench Area AKA “my side” of the garage…
 
A few things in progress (and there usually is!)
A few things in progress (and there usually are)!
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