Bancroft Street Music is a boutique stringed instrument maker based in South Philadelphia. We stretch beyond the city's borders to guitar shows, unique craft fairs and music festivals, most recently Jake's Flea Guitar Show and Philly's Crafty Balboa and the upcoming Nelsonville Music Festival. We've sold instruments to collectors, aficionados and beginners.
As our instruments are handmade and our inventory is ever changing, please inquire about what offerings we have in stock.
“My Bancroft Street Music cigar box ukulele is delightful! It has a sweet sound and a snazzy, one-of-a-kind look that makes it a great conversation piece!”
Gwen R. - Redding, CA
INSTRUMENTS and ACCESSORIES
Cigar Box Guitars
Are you a seasoned guitarist looking for a special instrument, a beginner looking for a cost effective and fun way to learn to play or somewhere in between? Cigar Box Guitars have a long history in American Roots Music. We at Bancroft Street Music love to create our own line of Cigar Box Guitars, each an original one-of-a-kind creation. From a 1-String Diddley Bow to 3 and 4-String Blues Boxes, we can make you a wonderful one of a kind instrument.
Cigar Box Amplifiers
Big sound from a little box! Our Cigar Box Amplifiers are 2.5 Watts of compact power. Each has a headphone jack, is powered by a 9 volt battery and fits comfortably in a gig bag or pedal case.
Tin Can Microphones, Stomp Boxes, Stands and Slides
We offer a number of extras to make your instrument playing more enjoyable, including instrument stands which are put together in an instant and pack flat in your case, as well as one of a kind stomp boxes to keep rhythm with your playing, complete with a jack for amplification.
Cigar Box Ukuleles and Diddley Bows
Put a little whimsy in your playing! Are you looking for a fun and quirky addition to your instrument collection or the perfect gift for a musical friend? Inquire about our hand made ukuleles and 1- string Cigar Box Guitars, called Diddley Bows.
"This cigar box guitar and amp sound amazing. I bought it after seeing it played at an outdoor venue. It has a big, full sound and I haven't been disappointed." Tim M. - Bryn Mawr, PA
What can we do for you?
Cigar Box Guitars and Diddley Bows
Are you a seasoned guitarist looking for a special instrument, or a beginner looking for a cost effective and fun way to learn to play? Cigar Box Guitars have a long history in American Roots Music. We at Bancroft Street Music love to create our own line of Cigar Box Guitars, each an original one-of-a-kind creation. From 1-String Diddley Bows to 3 and 4-String Blues Boxes, we can make you a wonderful instrument.
Have a new instrument but the action is a little high? The strings buzz a bit? Let Bancroft Street Music set your instrument up so you can play comfortably - and for a fair price.
Repair and Maintenance
Keep your beloved instrument in great working condition with Bancroft Street Music. We will diagnose and care for your guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele...whatever you may have - we'll take a look and give it our utmost attention.
Do you want a custom made instrument? An acoustic guitar, electric guitar or bass, ukulele, mandolin? Consult with Bancroft Street Music and see what we can make for you!
Bancroft Street Music refurbishes used instruments in need of a new home. Contact us to see what we have in stock.
Charitable Instrument Donation
Bancroft Street Music likes to give back! We take donations of instruments in need of repair, give them some love and attention, then donate them to a music program in need of instruments.
Contact us to learn more about the services and products we supply and see what Bancroft Street Music can do for you.