The cigar box guitar was born of poverty. Early versions used broken broomsticks or scrap lumber for necks. Strings came from old screen or baling wire. Empty cigar boxes were found to make great resonators and the rest is history.

“I got me a guitar of my own when I got to be eight years old. I got me a cigar box and I cut me a hole in the middle, a round hole in the middle of it. Take me a little piece of plank, nailed it onto that cigar box. I got me some screen wire and I got me a tune out of it… and from that, I kept my tune.” – Lightnin’ Hopkins