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Make a Cigar Box Guitar: Beginner Workshop with Kits! POSTPONED

  • Sat, February 12, 2022
  • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • MIXXER. 1375 North Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Winston-Salem, NC 27101


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  • STUDIO: Flex Space  
  • LEVEL: Beginner 
  • INSTRUCTOR: Lisa Tolley
  • AUDIENCE: Makers 14 years old & older*


In music maker experience, you will take pre-made kit to build your own cigar box guitar!  The history of cigar box guitars is a unique one:

The history of cigar box guitars starts with the boxes. When the US government imposed an excise tax on tobacco in 1862, manufacturers were forced to package cigars in small boxes that would contain 20 - 100 cigars inside. These boxes would be sealed with an official tax stamp, guaranteeing that the cigar company paid the proper tax.

In 1800's America, musical instruments were expensive to the average person, but creative folks taught themselves to build their own. Because of the popularity of cigars, these small wooden boxes were plentiful in many households and creative folks started using them for instruments. Folks realized they were the perfect size to craft fiddles, banjos, guitars and mandolins.” - History of the Cigar Box Guitar

Come learn to build your own guitar in this improved maker experience. This workshop offers you complete kits, where you can choose your from array of beautiful cigar boxes to make a unique guitar just for you! 

Beginners Welcome!

Makers will use power tools and hand tools (drills, screwdrivers, etc) to drill into the neck, create sound holes in the body, assemble, & string up their guitar. These kits will have the neck sit on top of the cigar box.

At the end, you will even learn how to play a song on your guitar. It will be musical time even if you don’t know how to play! 

This is a great workshop for makers AND music lovers of any skill level. Kits, supplies and tools provided.  Please email with any questions. 

Makers under 16 years old  must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. please email with any questions. 

Workshops must meet a minimum number of registrations.  Mixxer may cancel the workshop 48 hours prior to start time, if the minimum is not met. Should you need to cancel your registration, 48 hours notice is required to request a cancellation, refund or credit to a future workshop date. 

For more information visit our main website at

1375 N Martin Luther King Jr Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

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