I've wanted to make guitars for a while now, I figured the best way to not screw up really fine wood would be to build instruments on pre-existing boxes. To this end I utilized gourds and cigar boxes as the resonators. You never know that awaits you on the less traveled road. It has become kind of a thing unto itself. The first actual cigar box instrument I built was a 20" scale bass. I had traded my Ashbory for a ukulele and after a few months I desired to have an instrument similar to the Ashbory, so I contacted Owen Holt of Road Toad and ordered the parts I needed. I'm currently building my third with two more lined up behind it.
Yeah, its trailer trash tacky but I love it. Apparently I ain't the only one either.