The Hollowbelly Redo 3-String-Cigar Box Guitar

by Col on September 15, 2016

Hi guys,
Got a build to show you today, this is not a new build, but one that I built some time ago and have now modified.


I built this through neck Cigar Box Guitar, for Hollowbelly a couple of years ago, but he has never used it live, because he does not like Piezo pick-ups, So I took it back and fitted a magnetic pick-up instead.


A closer look at the box, this Cigar Box Guitar has hardware in chrome and so I added a nice chrome magnetic pick-up and surround.


Here is a look at my legendary boot print and the slotted neck.


In this photo you can see skull & cross bones speed knob, for the volume control and a better look an the nice shiny pick-up + a side view of the handmade tail piece.


The neck is made from hardwood, but I am not sure what type, I got from a skip, it has 23 frets, and I have now added mother of pearl top fret marks inlays.


The head stock has enclosed tuners and string trees in chrome and a bone nut.


The reverse of the head stock show the enclosed tuners and my logo sticker.


This is one of my CSI, high velocity, blood splatter, special editions, with these builds, not only do you get the blood splatters and bloody boot print on the front, but you also get blood splatters, my bloody hand print and the owners name on the back of the box.


Here is the tail end, with my handmade tail piece, bone bridge, strap button and jack in-put.


The last picture is long look up from the tail end.

Finally, here is a demo video for this build, featuring the song “Judy is a Punk” by The Ramones.

If you enjoyed this post, please share for me, on the net.

Many Thanks,

Stumble On,


Here it is my latest offering for sale


This Cigar Box Guitar has a 25 Romeo No.2 box, a Red Grandis neck, 23 frets, Mother of Pearl top fret marks, a bone nut, bone and hardwood bridge, brass hard ware, that`s box corners, grommets, string trees and enclosed tuners and a handmade tail piece and double Piezo pick-up with volume control.

To read a post and watch a video about this build, please follow the link:

Price: £140.00

price includes £10 Mainland UK Shipping

Before you think about buying this Home Made Instrument,

Please read the statement below!



With all of my Home Made Instruments I am using Recycled/Reclaimed Materials where ever I can. Some of the Boxes, Timber and Materials that I use may show signs of Wear and Tear, this is natural. Some Instruments are deliberately aged or distressed, this is the way that they are meant to be and not a fault in the build. If you wish to buy an Instrument that is immaculate and appears to have been built by a machine, this is NOT the Instrument for you. Please buy a factory built guitar!


If on the other hand, you wish to own a One Off, Hand Built Instrument with a Unique Look, Feel and Sound, you have come to the right place. My Instruments are robust, they are built to be Reliable, Hard Working Gigging Instruments, not just ornaments to hang on the wall. I have CBG`s that I have built and Gigged 100`s of time, over the last few years and they still stay in tune and play/work well.


Most of my Instruments are in Open Tunings and are designed for playing Slide Guitar, with an Action low enough to easily play with your fingers for at least the first 7 Frets, but still high enough for Slide Playing. If you wish to play exclusively with your fingers, you may find the action a little high, you could ask me to custom build you something or look at buying a Cigar Box Strum Stick or Dulcimer from somewhere else.


If you are looking to buy an Instrument that you have not seen here on this site, please send me an email, if I can, I will build it for you.


All of my Instruments are guaranteed, if you are unhappy with it, I want to know about it, and if it develops a fault, I will happily repair it, not if you drop it down the stairs, but say, if the Electrics pack up. If you do drop it down the stairs, I may be able to fix it, for a price though!


All prices include UK Main Land shipping, if you are outside the UK, please message me and I will find out the price, to deliver to your location. I am happy for you to arrange with me to collect it, the price will then be £10 less, if this is the case, again please message me.

Many Thanks,



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