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Bob Johnson is a cigar aficionado and avid woodworker, so it may have been inevitable that two of his passions would eventually merge.

It all started when a musician friend asked him to make a simple one-stringed instrument called a “canjo.”

After some research, he discovered a whole world of primitive instruments made from a variety of things, including cigar boxes.

In fact, he found information about cigar boxes being used to make instruments as far back as the Civil War.

Since he had a few old cigar boxes lying around he decided to build one.

Today he has taken the simple idea and added modern parts and electronics, to come up with an instrument with a very unique sound.

Bob sells his instruments at

Along with guitars, he also uses cigar boxes to make portable battery-powered amplifiers.