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Cigar Box Guitar

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Smithsonian Museum
National Museum of American History
This cigar box guitar was made by an unknown maker in North Carolina around 1875-1899. It is a four course (4x1) guitar made from a Morris & Son cigar box. Homemade instruments such as cigar box guitars and fiddles played an important part in jug bands and blues music in the late 19th century through the Great Depression.
Currently not on view
Date Made
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Hallock
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
overall: 22 in x 7 1/2 in x 4 3/4 in; 55.88 cm x 19.05 cm x 12.065 cm
Object Type