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Ok, I took one of my cbg to work to show a guy that plays a guitar and I had 5 differnet people, one was my boss all wanting to know how much I would sell my cbg for. I took it to show my mother-in-law, she posted it on facebook and people are asking like crazy.
What is a average price people sell them for, I'm finding in my area there is alot of people that have a interest in buying one. Cost to make is around $35, I can make it in about 4-5days with the staining the wood, room to breath, glue to dry, etc.
I don't want to say somthing to high were no one wants them but I don't want to price them so low either.
I was thinking around $100 for a regular cbg and one that I add more stuff maybe around $150, is that to high or low?
Thanks, this helps out a lot.
i agree to a point,but what point i don't know. i couldn't build a guit in 5 hours-i only built about 10 but i've kept 'em as simple as i can -flights of fancy included. i have 5 to 'sell' ,i don't mind a trade.i cannot play a tune ,just noodle about .you can buy an electriic 'clone for a £90 ..with an amp! everyone of my friends claims to be 'inspired' but only one has taken it up .(sik yeti) i need to learn to bash some kinda tune out...also i don't think you need 100 builds under your belt to produce a good instrument...
What v he v said and I think you're in the ballpark with those prices. But if your gut tells you more as you progress, then ask for more.
A simple search on Ebay will show how many builders there are selling. I would suggest a video demonstrating the quality of your instruments. A picture is worth a 1000 words, but a video speaks volumes. This can definitely be a factor in increased price point. I routinely sell guitars and having a video clearly demonstrates the product. Best Wishes on your future sales. Enjoy, Keni Lee
Thanks for the pointers, I'll make some videos when selling them.
Let's not forget playability.
I would be sorely disapointed if I bought a guitar online that I couldn't play! If it were butter in my hands then it would consider it the 'steal of the century' no matter the price.
Most of us know skilled guitar players and they can be used as a valuable resource.
Hand them a build and ask their opinion. Don't be fishing for compliments but rather put it as "There's something not quite right with this and I can't figure it out".
Their response can tell you a lot about the build. Who knows, there might be a fret buzz that you hadn't noticed or your playing style didn't bring out. Yea, it's hard when someone tells that your baby isn't perfect but...
If their response is favorable. do this with two or three more guitar players Odds are the build will probably never make it to ebay! But, if it does go to ebay, then you have a couple of 'reviews' to post along with the build's videos. I've never met a musician who didn't love to see their name in print...
Haha, yup, love this topic. . Gents here said all good things to take in. My mantra may not be the best, but it is very easy for me to determine and I do not have to deal with the devils regarding if I charged too little or charged too high. But, when I want to put a cost on a build I first consider the cost to build, then my time. My time is simply twice the amount of $$ for the build, then I ask myself, "what would I pay?". If I could see myself paying $160.00 for the wine box reso that I have for sale or paying 50.00 for a checkerbox 3 string fretless that I sold, then hell ya, I ask for the price and I either get it or don't. But this way, I feel comfortable with my decision and someone else gets to enjoy the fruits of my hobby.
I also agree that you can ask the person interested, "make me an offer?' and if you like their suggestion, then it is a win win. I did this with a nice looking cigar box didley bow that had a handmade walking stick for the neck, but really, the build only cost less than $5.00 and didn't take time at all to put together. Got $10.00 for it from a guy who wanted it for his young daughter. A win win.
It is also easier to deal with these dilemmas when this is not your only way of getting your bills paid!
Years ago when I was fledgling jeweler, I would take custom orders and often wonder what to charge? On creating one-of-a-kind pieces, the customer would usually set the price for the piece(s).
They would choose from a collection of stones then tell me what they wanted, a ring with bracelet or a pendant, etc. After telling me what they wanted and what stones they liked, I would ask them what they wanted to spend. It was always about 2-5 times the amount I was thinking.
They were always happy with a price they could name. I was always happy with the amount.
On another note, I believe CBGs need to be sold for what they are actual worth, based on skill, materials, instrument quality and time. About 2-5 times what you are thinking! LOL! I guess in time, maybe.
Good luck, it will evolve!