Electric Cigar Box Guitar

Electric Cigar Box Guitar


[ MUSIC – Catfish Blues by Bobo Thomas ]
Hey what’s up guys, welcome back
So this should hopefully be the last update
video for the cigar box guitar project
I say hopefully, because this is the final step, the wiring, and I haven’t done any soldering in a long time, so
I’m hoping my skills are still going to be up to scratch
Before we start I just want to say a big thank you and shout out to a man named Joshua Gayou
He’s the author of an ebook available on the web for free,
called “The Advanced Guide to Cigar Box Guitar Making”
and his book helped me immeasurably.
I didn’t follow his guide word for word
I did design most of this myself, but his advice
on building the neck and particularly
the circuit, or one of the circuits he outlines in
his book, is what I’ve used for this guitar and
I’ll go through that in a minute
If you want to make a cigar box guitar of your own
I suggest looking him up and downloading
his book, it’s free
So this is what the guitar looks like on the inside
and here on the left we’ve got the
circuit diagram from the advanced
cigar box guitar book. So it uses a humbucker
pickup. If you don’t know what that is, it’s
two sets of pickups plonked right next to
each other and it cancels out any hum that
might otherwise come through [hence the name].
But the difference with circuit is it’s using
a humbucker with five wires, which means you
can add in a switch which will turn the humbucker
from ‘hum-bucking’ to just a regular single
pickup, which sounds a bit counter-intuitive
at first, but when you do this it gives you
a much wider range of tones you can play.
So you’ve got the volume pot here and the
switch is connected to the tone pot
You’ve got full tone and single coil, full tone and
full humbucking double coil. Or you’ve got
zero tone single coil, zero tone double coil.
So what should happen is you get a guitar
that can play lead and rhythm just as well
as each other. Obviously, when playing lead
it’s best to have a pickup right down by the
bridge, but that’s not always possible, especially
in this case. So what have we got here? We’ve
got the jack socket; as I said the tone’s there
the volume’s there – and the humbucker’s
there. And that is literally all there is to it,
four major components and it’s just going
to be a case of soldering wires in the correct place
So let’s get to it!
[ MUSIC – Evolve (and I tell) by The Deceptionist ]
Okay, so I was going to show you me soldering the
guitar together, but as it turns out I really am
very bad at soldering. I haven’t got very
steady hands, I burnt the crap out of my finger
and the soldering iron actually started to
decompose while I was using it. I don’t know
what the hell that was about, but the tip
just started to crumble. Never used it before,
so I’m just glad I don’t need to use it again.
Anyway, I’ve managed to get it all soldered
together, I’ve spared you… I’ve spared myself
the embarrassment of anyone seeing it [ being so
badly soldered ], but I’m going to show you
the finished result
So here it is, you probably
can’t see from the video but that’s some really
bad soldering. I think I’ve got a couple of
cold joints in there, but we’ll see how it
sounds [IF it sounds]. Given the experience
I’ve just had, I don’t think I could give
anyone any decent tips for soldering – like
I said, I was absolutely terrible at it. One
thing I will say though, when I tried closing
the box up to start with, the wires were going
everywhere [and it wouldn’t close]. So one
good tip – I just used some really small zip-ties
to keep them vaguely routed to where they
need to be and it should make it a lot easier to close
So, moment of truth… let’s find out if she plays
Okay…
This is where I get a big electric shock
[ lol jk (^^,) ]
[ MUSIC – G Major Chord ]
It works!
[ MUSIC – Rollin Stone by Muddy Waters ]
Okay…
Okay, and the volume…
[ it ] cuts off very fast, but
it’s alright – it’s still a volume control
Well, it all seems to work.
Ahh… so what are we gonna play?
Muddy Waters, of course
[ MUSIC – Mannish Boy by Muddy Waters ]
Let’s try us a bit of slide
[ MUSIC – High Sheriff Blues by Charley Patton ]

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