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I listen to CBG on YouTube and CBN at work. It appears others Eaves Drop on my music. A co-worker comes into my office to "Chill" occassionally and he really likes the music. I like the old delta blues and just CBG blues in general. He likes the music where the notes are crisp and sharp.
I'd mentioned I had built two CBGs. He asked me one day if I build "those guitars". I replied "Yes".
He asked what did I get out of them. I said $75.00 unfretted and $100.00 fretted. Of course I was pulling numbers from you know where. He said he definetely wanted one. So I said I'd build one and let him see and hear it and them see if he wanted it.
So. I dropped by Lowes. It has to be a cold day you know where to go by Home Depot. Don't ask - its a philosophical stance. I spent close to $30.00, my profit margin dwindled. The box I'm using cost me $10.00. That's colse to $40.00 right there. So not counting labor a $35.99 profit. Not very good.
So, I went to a very well known supplier's site and looked up materials and cost. Fretted neck, Strings, Hinges, Latch, Handle, Corners, Bridge, Sound Hole Covers, Jack, Pot, Knob, Piezo & wire, Single coil pickip, Tuners, Frets, Cigar Box, Misc. Total Coat of Materials = $145.55.
So, I'll never quote a CBG build again for less than $199.95. That will allow me $50.00 in profit, not including labor.
The prospect of building one to actually sell puts a whole new perspective on the whole idea. It is no longer a hobby, it is a source of expense vs income. and usually at first more expense in our ignorance.
It is one thing to spend money and give the things away, that is giving away gifts. It is another thing to lose money on a transaction. I know we all understand that concept though it is hard to put into words. It is an ego thing, it insults our intellegence, makes us loose face, makes us feel like dupes.
However, it is a good lesson. And once we figure out we have cornered our self we start looking for ways to recoupe, making us come up with ways and alternative ideas and techniques to cut cost, not corners. We want the quality product, the pride of craftmanship, but we want to say we made a profit to boot - bragging rights.
Life goes through a paradime shift. We start looking in the building pages, on Google, looking for ideas, networking, looking at everything in Lowes, doing Bling searches and hitting images to see what others have donel.
Oh, if we could only take it back! "No I'm not doing any more builds at this time. See me in about a month and I'll let you know then what I'll do one for". and then check with everyonne selling CBG on CBN! But NO, we open mouth and insert foot, speak first and think later, let allegator mouth override bunny butt.
Sigh, well, that's the CBG life folks, better get use to it.