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Cigar box guitar luthier wages

Started by John Rivers. Last reply by John Rivers May 9. 7 Replies

Do you realize a small child working in a sweat shop in a third world country probably has a greater hourly earnings potential  than a large child building cigar box guitars for resale in the US of…Continue

music store sales of your instruments

Started by bairfoot cajun. Last reply by Kentucky Mojo May 5. 6 Replies

if you find a local music store that is willing to put your instruments in their store,i cannot stress enough, how important it is to have great folks that will work with you. this is the first thing…Continue

Shipping Costs

Started by Wade. Last reply by the anonymous pick Mar 18. 4 Replies

I've been shipping my pickups(small packages) all over the world and didn't really have an issue with shipping costs, until now.A customer contacted from Canada and asked me if I would sell one of my…Continue

Market saturation point?

Started by Orcabait. Last reply by Wichita Sam Mar 1. 20 Replies

Long time lurker, first time poster. i see a lot of vendors of CBG on places like eBay, Etsy, etc. Not being a long time CBGer, I have to ask the experienced sellers here; Is the market in the USA on…Continue

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Comment by Brian Revels on December 18, 2016 at 8:54pm

Will Rankin Some of your best bets are with online shops.  I sell on Etsy and do okay (I sell Cigar Box Amps, Preamps, and Guitars).  Setup is pretty easy and online fees aren't horrible.  Ebay may be another option, but I have heard it's very hit or miss. Sometimes music stores will help out, but that's more consignment. You can try to find Craft shows, but I haven't had much luck personally with those (lots and lots of happy lookers, but not a lot of sales).  Best of luck!

Comment by Will Rankin on December 16, 2016 at 4:45am
Hi everyone! I'm recently new to this site, however have been a long time facebook junkie.... My wife and I of 16 years just opened up a ma and pops shop selling and building homeaide CBG's..... I have a few of em on consignment, and I have my own facebook page called Lil Momma Jo's Guitar Shop.... I haven't got the web page inventoried yet, however..... to make a long and critical story short.... here's my question....

To market these CBG's what is the quickest way to move the product.....I have over 2000 boxes over 300 tins...of course they aren't all done up but nearly 75 CBG's are complete and need new homes.....
Comment by cboxGypsy on August 27, 2016 at 2:18pm

Next week. We are heading to Witchita tomorrow. 

Comment by Habanera Hal on August 27, 2016 at 12:26pm

Pavlov - yeah it sucks trying to cater to the unwashed and unknowing.  We still do craft fairs with our other non-musical products but learned the hard way NEVER do an outdoor fair!  I won't even get into the time a storm came up close to closing and while my guitars were getting blown all over and the tent was trying to become a kite this women decided to sit down in our space and chat about her nephew who played guitar 20 years ago.

Comment by cboxGypsy on August 27, 2016 at 11:49am

Hal it is unfortunately that way with a lot of things. I had some high quality art work in one of the biggest art fairs in the nation. I had an original style that I invented. The crowd that was into art never bought anything, and the crowd that wasn't just had no idea. I was jaded by the end of the week, if not downright angry. Somebody in a booth next to me did some amatuer photoshop work, but included some buildings in the town and got written up in the paper. People were making sales that did cheap stuff. The last day my ex at the time had failed to pick me up to load my stuff because she was drunk and lost somewhere. The tents were torn down promptly at 6, and the sky threatened rain. Not a single artist that was in the area offered me any help even though they had sat there with me and talked like they were my friends for 4 days.  I sat there on the curb with my paintings and drawings thinking it is the last time I participate in an art fair unless I can do something cheap and kitchy. I am not trying to knock what others can do, if they find a nitch then more power to them, but my point is that we expect that people will appreciate true craftsman ship but they just don't know. This is in a world where they'll believe any dumb thing based on who tells it to them and how many people believe it. I am only going to try to make a few sales here and there to fund my builds. I am not expecting anything different than what I went through with art.

Comment by Habanera Hal on August 27, 2016 at 11:32am

I've pretty much given up on the craft fair scene for selling CBGs.  The people who attend these are ignorant of what they are (I don't mean that as an insult, BTW, it's just that they don't know about the blues scene).  My best successes have been in a permanent booth in a blues-themed art store and at music festivals with a blues/country base.  As to Etsy or Ebay, I think the market is getting saturated with hit-and-run builders that are in it just to make a fast buck and don't really understand the luthier-ship (is that a word?) necessary to produce a quality instrument at a price that will give a profit. (i.e., people shopping on line will buy the lowest-cost item, not necessarily the best quality.)  After all, if you can't get them to pick it up and play it first, there's no way they can appreciate your craftsmanship.

At general product arts and craft fairs I've been more successful lately building "Strumstick" style backpackers.  People seem to accept these as true instruments whereas the reaction to CBG's is that they are toys or at best, oddities.  With the same investment in parts and time, I can get 50% more for a strummer than a CBG.  I've given most of my cigar box inventory to my wife who makes other items out of them.

Comment by cboxGypsy on August 27, 2016 at 11:31am

Wayfinder, are you kidding? This Sunday a cbg festival? I am that close yet so far, bummer. Story of my life.

  I could be available at night also, just not Fri from 6 to sat until 6. Within those hours I set my cbg making to rest, try not to work or have others work for me in observance to the Sabbath. I'm not a saint, nor do I yet have it right entirely what to do or not do, but if I play my guitar during those hours I try to keep it to gospel songs. The observance of the sabbath fri evening to sat evening is new to me, something I picked up from friends on this trip, and now is a work in progress since it is a solo effort. I am pretty sure I don't have it all  completely right, but I make any effort that I can. I'll let you know when I get there and we can go from there. 

Comment by cboxGypsy on August 26, 2016 at 11:55pm

Check! Good info. I have been taking my time to make sure that neck isn't going anywhere on the 4 string. I am going to get some acoustic 3 strings going, and all that. I have to finish setting up the Etsy store, but right now I want to build some, and most of all enjoy building them. 

  Well Wayfinder, we are heading to Witchita this weekend, and will be in Kansas City next week. I will meet you at OMallys probably without the missus. What are afternoons like for you? I'll have some flexible time except for 6 pm fri to 6 pm saturday.

Comment by cboxGypsy on August 26, 2016 at 11:02pm

Well, I have to say you guys are breaking my heart. I thought I would hit the jackpot by making one cbg a month. Oh well. I have been through this with art. The story I am reading on here sounds the same. I put stuff in galleries to just be patted on the back by a bunch of other artists. Compliments are nice, but they don't put gas in your tank to transport your stuff there. I tried an art fair sitting 12 hours in a booth for 4 days to make 200. Well, I spent almost 1000, so lets just say I was in the hole 200 less. I considered maybe I should have painted doctor's office pictures instead, but by that time I had already hated the entire art scene.    

So Wayfinder has the right idea about lessons, and having an inventory of different levels. So if this ball is still rolling I was also thinking if you set up a booth, you have to consider a lot of guitar players, especially young ones would see a 3 string as limiting. I would think if you could print out an attractive sheet with the resources to learn and all that sort of thing, there may be a few more to take interest. 

  I am eventually going to try the online thing, but has anyone dealt with returns? 

Comment by Brian Revels on December 28, 2015 at 10:07pm

I sell on Etsy.  The local craft shows weren't worth it for me, even the good shows (with several hundreds of people) that had low to reasonable fees.  The last one I did took me 3 months to prepare for, 3 days of selling, and I only made $150. CBGs aren't really popular around here (lots of people never seen or heard of them).  You'd think that'd be good. But like Wayfinder I get a lot people saying, "Wow, that's awesome", but hardly any sales.  Now starting in November of this year and going til I shutdown my Etsy store the 2nd week in December... I sold around 8 or 9 CBGs (all but two I had to make).


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