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BOXED UP
The Rob Wrobel Le
Voyage Lace III

C

igar-box guitars are a 19th-century
creation that today are enjoying a
trendy surge in popularity, and attracting the design expertise of some talented
folks. Why? Well, because cigar box guitars
are quirky and equally fun for musical
neophytes and advanced players.
Take Rob Wrobel, who makes his threestring CBG Model with Lace Matchbook
Sensor pickup in a state that would seem
a likely source of cigar boxes. Wrobel
mainly procures his boxes from a Destin
cigar shop, and all of them are made of
South American hardwoods.
Stamped with the legend "Hecho en
Centro America" and a coat of arms with
a two-headed eagle, the Wrobel Le Voyage
Lace III tested was made from a carefully
chosen box with brass hardware reinforcing its rear corners. The top had a beveled
edge, while screws-through-eyelets held
things together, a common joint system for
the genre. Neck-through construction of
primarily walnut laminated with domestic
and tropical hardwoods comprised the
fretted neck, and mesh-covered soundholes on the sides (dubbed "box breathers") allow their sound to project. The
Wrobel cigar box came tuned to G-D-G.
Plug into the 1/4" jack and dial in the

Prices: $425
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Lace Matchbox Sensor with the
guitar's Tone and Volume knobs.
The Le Voyage allows one's G-bluesboogie instincts to take over, even
more with a slide. The Matchbox
sensor has more than enough gain
to overdrive a little tube amp, but
at lower volumes produces a clarity
that allows the characteristic cigar
box tone to shine. Turkish saz
hajiz scales with modulation effects, compression,
and just a hint of overdrive
also come alive. While a
dedicated pickup might
seem antithetical to the
cigar-box DIY mentality,
why not? Especially when
it's got a "found parts"
kinda vibe, i.e., the north
mag net resembles t he
striker on a matchbook and
can even be decorated with
a favorite matchbook cover.
There are cigar-box guitar

clubs and conventions, and even a celebration in Clarksdale, Mississippi - heart of the Delta.
Wrobel sees the revolution
starting to impact guitarists
on the lookout for another
distinctive voice, and makes
his guitars in five-string
configurations, as well, for
that Keef-inspired open-G
tuning that rock guitarists have come to love.
Hopefully, these musicians
picking up cigar boxes don't
forget about the fun. - Chip
Wilson

ROCKBOARD POWER CABLES

GHS PRESSUREWOUND BRONZE

GHS Pressurewound Bronze strings for
bass use roller-wound bronze covers
over a round core. They are available
in a four-string set gauged .042 to
.092 and a five-string gauged .120.

RockBoard Flat Power Cables use a
central wire surrounded by a twistedcopper shield layer and compact
right-angle or straight plugs designed to
save space and lessen protrusions to the
pedalboard edge. They are available in
lengths of 15, 30, and 60 centimeters.

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VINTAGE GUITAR

JENSEN JET RAPTOR

Jensen's 12" Jet Raptor is a 100-watt,
8-/16-ohm loudspeaker with a ceramic
magnet, copper winding on its 50mm
voice coil, and a paper cone/surround.


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