Birdwood Guitars is dedicated to creating a great range of cigar box guitars at reasonable prices. I use reclaimed and renewable timber for as much work as possible, sourced from local suppliers in New South Wales' beautiful Blue Mountains. Our cigar box guitars are handmade using a range of beautiful cigar boxes sources from around the world and as such each guitar is an individual design. I make these instruments to be played and enjoyed. Birdwood CBG's are made with fretted and unfretted necks. The fretted guitars are carefully set up for easy fretting of notes or chords, while still allowing enough string height for you to use a slide.
I am happy to announce that Birdwood Guitars is now using the amazing hand wound MORTAL COIL 'drop-in' and 'Flatline' (low profile) pickups in our premium, LIGHTNING BOY - made to order - range of guitars and selected ROLLING THUNDER guitars. These beautiful pickups have been carefully hand made from select Australian timbers such as Jarrah, black heart sassafras, budgeroo and maple silkwood. They have to be heard to be believed!
Cigar box guitars are often played in open tunings such as DAD and GDG which makes them perfect for recreating the amazing sounds of the American Deep South blues players. It also makes it possible for complete novices to pick up a guitar and play songs easily and for seasoned 6 string guitarists to look at their playing from another angle. Check out the Justin Johnson instructional DVDs in the store!
Birdwood CBG's is also proud to be able to offer a range of amazing slides from Rocky Mountain Slides Company at a competitive price for an Australian market. These slides are made using a solid block of stoneware clay which is more dense than other clays and other ceramics therefore promoting a better tone. The slides are handmade in small batches allowing for better attention to detail in Salida, Colorado USA.
We are proud to be endorsing Matt Charnley from the totally amazing LIZARD and Rob Chapple from the powerhouse blues/rock band ORCABAND. Both bands are regular members of the Sydney rock and blues scene and both bands have to be seen to be believed! Matt is an enduring and energetic performer who is well respected and loved by all and can totally rock a CBG!!! Rob has just picked up his first LIGHTNING BOY Signature model and will be using it to record a couple of new songs for the upcoming ORCABAND album!!
Thank you for visiting Birdwood Cigar Box Guitars