What's the best size cigar box for a guitar? The answer will surprise you

Glenn Watt holding cigar boxes

So you want to build a cigar box guitar but you don’t know how big the box is supposed to be?

You can’t help but notice that acoustic guitars are huge compared to cigar boxes and most of the electrics you’ve seen look to be twice the size of any cigar box you can get your hands on.

So how can you know what size cigar box to use?

What’s too thin? What’s too short? What’s not wide enough?

Well, there aren’t any hard or fast rules to making CBGs, which is part of their charm.

You can use as big or as small a box as you’d like. No matter what, you can make yourself a fully playable and totally kick-ass cigar box guitar and nearly any size box is suitable.

Here's what you're going to find below that supports that fun fact:


  • what the function of the box is
  • how the dimensions of a box can help you determine what kind of guitar you make
  • how the length of the box can affect the overall size of the cigar box guitar