Thank you for visiting the home of Rose Instruments! Here you'll find photos of traditional guitars, banjos, basses, mandolins, ukuleles and more that we've built over the years, plus of course, the cigar box instruments we've become known for. However, you may discover something else, the desire to build your own cigar box instrument. The good news is they're nearly as much fun to build as they are to play, and these days there are some great online resources available to help you do just that. So, take a look around. If you like what you see leave me a note. And who knows, one of these days I may be checking out your website!
John Bourscheid, Charleston, SC
June 15, 2022
Hi, I’ve been getting into cigar box guitars for the last 5 months or so and my brother-in-law got his hands on a sweet cigar box and asked if I’d help him build a cigar box bass. I’ve got a lot of questions about doing this, from the scale length, neck length, tuning and string diameter of a 4 string bass CBG, pickups, bridges, etc. needed to do this. Would you be able to provide answers/guidance on doing this, or could point me in the right direction? Thank you! ........... John, I would recommend you check into Cigar Box Nation, a site originally started by Shane Speal, now administered by CB GItty. (https://www.cigarboxnation.com) You'll find answers to these and any other CBG questions you could possibly have!
Mike, Seattle, WA
April 13, 2022
Just taking a moment to share my appreciation. I was gifted a Rose 4-string cigar box slide guitar with resonator and vents and pickup, along with glass bottle neck slide by my brother a few years ago, and it continues to be a favorite. It looks and sounds beautiful. The slide is its own artistic statement. Thank you....... Thank you Mike. My wife, MaryAnn, is the slide maker!