There a few mass produced, "cigar box," instruments on the market today. The Electric Blues Box Slide Guitar by Hinkler and the Eddy Finn Cigar Box Ukulele.

When it comes to the mass produced CBGs, here's a call to action. Instead of steering away from, and being appalled by them, embrace it. For example. I bought my nephew one of the Hinkler CBG kits, and I bought one for myself. If you see a CB instrument in a store, ask if you can do a show/demo there, and leave some of your business cards near the display. Doing the show would promote CBGs, and show that they're playable, but also promote local builders.

We also have some notable players in the Revolution, and celebrities are starting to play them. My question is when does a movement become an industry?

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Definition of industry =economic activity concerned with the processing of raw materials and manufacture of goods in factories.

i think CBG makers would fall into what would be called a "Cottage Industry" 

they obviously didnt make much money from this. that article is 4 years old. the ebay seller no longer has them listed  and checking the ebay store and what they have listed . they sell lots of musical instruments and accessories but only 3 CBG items all of them tail pieces.

The CBG in question was also a Uke...

I agree ,like I stated before If money can be made.Bigger players will enter the market.

Looks like that uke is still available.

I ask this because most DIY movements get the corporate treatment. 2 unrelated examples. The Halloween and haunted attraction industries, you can probably throw Christmas into it. Long before there were animatronic props and such sold in stores, or made by companies, people were making them in their garages and basements. Even if there were manufactured props and decorations, you most likely had to buy from a catalog. My other example is prop lightsaber a. People were making them before there were companies, and high quality manufactured ones.

 I think it will all boil down to if they can make money producing and selling.If the big producers see dollars.Then mass production most likely would start.Up to now I am not aware of a Fender or Gibson CBG.

The only big name guitar that you could consider a, "CBG," is the Gretsch Bo Diddley.

 After thinking about it a little more, I think it is a small industry..

That it probably is, but consider: Jeff Lace of Lace Pickups just became a CBN member a few weeks ago, to learn

1) Did we really suss out how his Lace Alumitone pickups work, and DIY build them cheaper ourselves?
2) What are CBG builders and players looking for in a mag pup for their instrument?
3) is there enough interest / market potential to tweak the design / price of the CBG mag pup they just brought to market, or does the "relatively small" CBG market want or need something else?

The Chinese companies offering CBG kits have such low labor costs that they can afford to try to grab a little bit of non-player /non-builder interest / market share. And let us not forget, they still make gajillions of cheap plastic toys.
I didn't mean any drama or controversy by this post. I was just wondering, since we're the most recent DIY movement to get the factory treatment. Is Lace Pickups famous in the conventional guitar world? I actually want one of his matchbook pickups, since it allows you to switch from single coil to humbucker style. Thanks


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