Local luthier builds cigar box guitars

Rob Wrobel of Destin loves music. For years he played the guitar, but when a motocross accident injured his neck in his late 40s, he lost a lot of motor skills in his hands.

Playing the guitar became next to impossible.

Flash forward to age 55, a friend introduced Wrobel to a kind of guitar he’s never seen before. It was a narrow, flat square bodied guitar with a long neck and only a few strings. It was made from a recycled cigar box, and it could be played using only one finger.

It was a cigar box guitar (CBG).

Interested, Wrobel took a go at creating his own CBG and with a little practice he began selling them through his shop Rob’s Cigar Box Guitars.

Read the full article in the Dec. 7 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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