Cigar box ukuleles have been around for a while. Creative builders usually make a
rudimentary neck, cut holes in a box and make noise with 3 strings, re-imagined
components and a magnetic pickup. Seems like a blast, I've built those but I had another idea.
Quality wooden cigar boxes are very cool. Often made out of mahogany they make
surprisingly good acoustic chambers. If you think about it, acoustic guitars usually
have backs and sides that are more rigid than the softer top.
So what if I removed the thin plywood bottom (installed on most cigar boxes) and
replaced it with a solid tone wood top, properly braced and tuned like a premium
ukulele? Then add a proper mahogany neck with quality tuners and a glued on bridge. That's a
Hot Box Ukulele!
All the cool mojo of the original boxes with great acoustic properties and beautiful
wood adornments. Look through the sound hole to see the cool stuff on the inside
of the boxes, each one is unique. All built by a professional luthier, set up with
quality strings to play easily and sound great. Available with a pickup as well so
you can plug in to an amp or PA! Prices start at $200.
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As a by-product of my cigar box builds I had these neat little uke bodies I wasn't using. It
occurred to me that these "sound boxes" would make good speaker cabinets. I've
used them for Blue-tooth speakers and other things but they make great portable
guitar amps. Hot Box Amps!
Several amp circuits are available adding a variety of tones from clean to distorted. Rechargeable batteries last for several hours (maybe days). Plug in your electric or acoustic guitar or ukulele and go on an adventure with a portable amp with style like nobody else's! Prices start at $200. Contact us to discuss options.