Own a piece of handmade history and a working musical instrument. I’m Terry Bernard, and I hand-craft cigar box guitars and mandolins. You may not know this, but back after the Civil War ravaged America, and people were too poor to buy instruments but had tales to tell in the form of music, they fashioned primitive but working instruments from cigar boxes, using them with a pick and a slide.
Modern-day musicians still use these for certain effects and sounds. I was in the business of making washtub bases for blue grass players, and several years ago started making cigar-box guitars. Please check our gallery of photos to see the different kinds of wood we use for each piece, and also the different kinds of guitars, electric and non-electric. We also feature handmade mandolins, and you will be amazed at how reasonable the prices are.