“Ian McDonald’s handmade instruments are a brilliant hybrid of traditional design and modern approach. I trust his instruments in the studio and on stage to deliver a great performance each time I pick one up.”

Justin Johnson – “the Wizard” of Cigar Box Guitars



Cigar Box Guitars

Welcome to Just Play The Blues

I have been in the joinery business for over 30 years and I also own a successful kitchen business with my brother. I made cigar box guitars more as a hobby but in recent times I have had more and more enquiries to make one of a kind models. With my vast experience in the joinery field and a fully loaded workshop I can complete most builds within a four/ six week period.

Payments are via PayPal and are billed in advance as follows: 50% deposit to proceed with order then balance paid before dispatch. All guitars are unique and prices vary from one product to another; we do keep a limited stock of acoustic versions.

All cigar box guitars and amps are shipped out first class recorded and are well packaged.

All guitars are autographed by myself and carry a certificate of authenticity.

If you have any questions or would like to talk to me regarding a bespoke cigar box guitar then please feel free to contact me on 07900 882991, or alternatively you can email me using the enquiry form on the Contact Us page of this website.

I look forward to hearing from you.


Example Sounds
Example Sounds
Ian McDonald Music
Ian McDonald Music
Justin Johnson Videos
Justin Johnson Videos
Motörhead Tribute
Motörhead Tribute

4 weeks ago

Just Play the Blues

Get your hands on one of these beauties .
I built this for Justin 3 years ago . They are available to order
4 String CBG Custom Shop Guitar
Wenge Neck laminated with Maple ,
Walnut fretboard , Solid oak through dovetailed box with licence plate resonator top , with 4 pole flat pup hum-bucker.
Prices start from £475 plus shipping with any order placed for 2019 build you will receive a free custom Diddley Bow with the exact spec for the one I built for Justin
Please message me for details
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1 month ago

Just Play the Blues

Just play the blues building workshops
May 2019
Strictly limited to 4 people
Your chance to work inside Just Play the blues workshop
The day will cover the complete build of a 3 string electric Cigar Box Guitar inc wiring concepts, position of pick ups , fretting , intonation , tuning and finally playing your awesome build with a 12 bar blues lesson .
A great Christmas present to give your loved one . The complete day including all materials
£175 per person
You will take home a classic signature build from one of my designs . These builds will last a lifetime .
Inc all refreshments and a jam afterwards with your very own guitar through one of my many amps .
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