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New Instruments

Custom Built Tenor Guitar

A returning customer commissioned me to build an electroacoustic tenor guitar for him. It's built around a 1960s photographic slide storage box. The neck is made from laminated sapele and maple with a walnut Fretboard. It has a humbucker pickup, piezo pickup with a 3 way switch, volume and tone. 

If your looking for a 'one of a kind' instrument please contact me below for more information. 

A charity shop box strumstick

This instrument is built around a beautifully decorated wooden box I found in a charity shop. 

 If you have a box or tin lying around and want it transformed into a unique folk instrument please contact me in the box at the bottom of the screen. 

"What can you do with just one string?"

Daddy Long Les shows you what can be accomplished with one of my 1 string diatonic cigar box guitars. Check out his website for some great tab/music (daddylongles.com).

One of my biscuit tin guitars

Listen to a beautiful soundscape created by Mitch Wiseman using one of my 3 string biscuit tin slide guitars and a loop petal.

Do you have an idea?

I know that sometimes you can't find what you're looking for, but don't despair, I'm more than happy to work with you in creating the folk instrument of your dreams. Just drop me an email in the enquiries box below with your idea/request and we'll go from there.

Click the link below to check out a gallery of my past builds for some inspiration.

Customer Feedback

"A real piece of craftmanship, the build quality is superb"

"Fabulous, love it. Excellent intonation, a joy to play. I will love it and enjoy it everyday - thankyou for making it and dispatching it so quicky"

"Top, fine instrument. Very fast shipping"

"A marvellous instrument to give me a new challenge"

"Extremely well built and finished instrument. Brilliant value for money"

"Lovely little instrument. Beautiful neck and it plays really well"

"Beautiful one-off, handmade ukulele - what more can I say?! Amazing"

Terms , postage & more...

Peace of mind shopping

I only except payment though PayPal & eBay. This is because of the protection it offers both you, the customer and myself, the supplier/builder. 

All instruments have a full guarantee for 14 days after delivery. If you are unhappy for what ever reason, please contact me and together we'll try to resolve the problem. If an instrument is to be returned, the customer pays for the return postage and the item must be in its original condition.


I always use the 'signed for' service via Hermes along with their insurance for peace of mind. 

I use recycled packaging materials wherever possible to help reduce waste.

I only ship to the UK. If you do live overseas and want one of my instruments, please contact me for a delivery quote before you purchase. Alternatively purchase via eBay (link to my eBay account in the menu) using their international shipping service. 


Every year I set up shop at the 'Beggars Fair'. Its a free one day music festival in the medieval town of Romsey, Hampshire. Please come along  and enjoy the festivities, maybe try out some of my instruments while surrounded by a unique blend of music, history and craft. 

Click the link below for more information about the Beggars Fair and other upcoming events. 

Environmental consciousness

Cigar box guitars and canjos are a great example of the upcycling movement. All my cigar boxes and tins are the 'real deal' and not fabricated for the use of building guitars like some makers.

All of the hardwood timber I use for my necks and fretboards have been bought as 'off cuts' or from local timber merchants where possible.

I work outside on a folding workbench using only an electric drill, hand sander and traditional woodworking tools. 

Packaging used for postage is generally repurposed material from a local bike shop (cardboard) and newspaper. 

I do not spray finish my guitars, I use oil. This, along with the aforementioned are decisions I've made to not only be environmentaly conscious but to also keep my guitars as traditionally made as possible. 

Do you want to know more?

If you have any questions about anything to do with cigar box/tin guitars (playing, tuning or even building) please message me in the enquiries box below. If I can't answer your questions, I'll do my best to point you the right direction. Thank you, Rhyan. 


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cigrguitars, Hampshire, UK