One of my many projects (or wastes of time if you're my wife!) is making cigar box guitars, a couple of weeks ago I had a rush of blood and decided to experiment with one but strung as a banjo. This is a picture of my prototype first attempt, I intend to build another but with a few alterations and refinements. It works just fine and although it sounds nothing like a banjo, it's fun to play. So far I've tried Whistling Rufus and Life in Louisiana and they both sound very presentable.  Apart from the pickup and tuners, it's made from scrap that I had in my workshop and wasn't too costly to make.

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I have one, built by my oldest best friend's brother...and using a cigar box brand I smoked back when I smoked cigars. It sounds terrible (piezo pickup of some sort), has an uncomfortable squarish neck but otherwise is a cool thing to have on the shelf.

I also found an electric banjo in my boxes of stuff I got from the luthier's estate. Didn't know it was there. All it needs is some minor electronics repair. 

Hi marc, I've never been too keen on piezo pickups, I've used them in the past with variable results. The pickup I've used on this and the other CBGs that I've built is a twin coil humbucker....Steve.

I have one, built by my oldest best friend's brother...and using a cigar box brand I smoked back when I smoked cigars. It sounds terrible (piezo pickup of some sort), has an uncomfortable squarish neck but otherwise is a cool thing to have on the shelf.

I also found an electric banjo in my boxes of stuff I got from the luthier's estate. Didn't know it was there. All it needs is some minor electronics repair. 

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