Uniquely Handmade

Stera Instruments

Guitars Built By Tate Chmielewski
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The Instruments

About seven years ago I saw some cigar box guitars at an art festival. That got me interested in learning how to build stringed instruments. I've also always loved collecting old things like the wooden shipping boxes. My goal is to build the guitars with the best sound and playability possible.

Videos

Guitar 1940 Wooden Shipping Box WWII 3 String.

4 string gourd banjo with a wood soundboard.

Pirates chest ukulele with a piezo pickup.

Ammo box guitar played through a Pharaoh fuzz pedal…Sorry for bleeding ears :D

This one is made from an old gas with a salvage Teisco guitar pickup.

Ammo Box Guitar Number 1! The very first one built!

Photos

Goat Skull Two String

Goat Skull Two String

Ammo Box Guitar

Ammo Box Guitar

Safety Deposit Guitar

Safety Deposit Guitar

Wooden Ammo Box Guitar

Wooden Ammo Box Guitar

Brick House Ukulele

Brick House Ukulele

WWI Ammo Box Guitar

WWI Ammo Box Guitar

Ammo Box Guitar

Ammo Box Guitar

Ammo Guitar Head Stock

Ammo Guitar Head Stock

Antique Violin Case Dulcimer

Antique Violin Case Dulcimer

Wine Box Electric Guitar

Wine Box Electric Guitar

Cigar Box Ukulele

Cigar Box Ukulele

Cigar Box Ukulele

Cigar Box Ukulele

Shop

These are the guitars I currently have in my Etsy shop. If there is anything you're looking for please contact me!

Reviews

Some reviews from past costumers!

SomethingUnpleasant

Skull 2 String

March 9, 2014

Amazing item. I’m very happy with this. It sounds great, and it looks gorgeous. Does a great job of confusing and or impressing people, too.

SomethingUnpleasant
Kirsten Pauli

Lunch Box Uke

March 4, 2014

Was a big hit with the recipient (& all his facebook friends)

Kirsten Pauli
Robert Abel

Ammo Box Guitar

August 20, 2013

WOW. If God herself came down to Earth and build an instrument, this would be it. It sounds unbelievably amazing and plays like a dream. Excellent seller and superb craftsmanship! A+++++++

Robert Abel
Marina Eliasi

Ammo Box Guitar

December 9, 2012

Thanks for making this amazing guitar! It’s so cool and sounds unbelievable. I have it to my husband and he has literally not put it down. I bought it thinking it would be a cool looking thing to hang, but it think it will be regularly played – a contender to the Les Paul and the Strat! Also, thank you for the super fast shipping!

Marina Eliasi

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If you would like a custom instrument built or have any questions about the availability of guitars.