Handmade Cigar Box Guitars & Accessories

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D+H Musical Instrument Co.

About D+H Musical Instrument Co.

A little bit on the craftsman behind the brand…

What started as a pastime eventually led to a realised passion for traditional design with an untraditional musical instrument. From experimenting with different production methods, cigar boxes and the resonance of different timbers, I’ve made the move from cigar box guitar enthusiast to opening my own online shop where you can buy an authentic cigar box guitar directly from my independent Bristol workshop. Explore this website and discover my passion for guitar making – learn how you can get such a big authentic sound from the packaging of a humble tobacco product and how its starts with a well made, well crafted instrument. My guitars are all handmade in my workshop and I pride myself on championing independent British craftsmanship.  

When did I fall in love with the humble cigar box guitar and what can I offer you?

“I’d been given a very old cigar box by a friend and asked if i could turn it into a ‘stomp-box’ that could be amplified for busking – a sort of percussive box that can be tapped under foot to achieve an accompanying beat. It want long before I stumbled across Cigar Box Guitars whilst researching authentic traditional southern blues guitarists. The simplicity of the guitar design and crudeness of the style was everything I loved about the blues. There are many out there producing of this style of traditional blues guitar, but non producing instruments quite like mine. Check out my webshop for guitars, parts, accessories and social media links – I look forward to crafting you something unique or selling you something high quality to complete that project instrument. Thanks for stopping by, Patch.

Why did you decide to start producing cigar box guitars online?

“I quickly became aware that many of the cigar box instruments available to buy online were of a low quality and although may look great, sadly remained unplayable – a guitar should not be mere ornament for a wall. I’ve always held British timbers close to heart and firmly believe that the quality of the wood used for a musical instrument is just as important as the craftmanship of the luthier. I started to experiment and realised I could marry the look and feel of a classic cigar box guitar with traditional British hardwoods and gorgeous tonewoods.” You can read more about my passion for guitar making and discover which timbers we use to lovingly craft my instruments from in our blog section or throughout my social media pages.


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