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Cigar Box Guitar

Cigar Box Guitar
Smithsonian Museum
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Date Made
1875-1899
Credit Line
Charles Hallock
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
Measurements
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
guitar