I'm with you Bob. I saw a lot of quality looking gits and recognized a few sellers by name from here in CB Nation (Wayfinder's Flatpups among them). And yes, there were some sad offerings as well. I thought that there were more sellers than I wanted to compete with. Lots of good info from Etsy on how to market was freely available. I have decided that for now local craft and "artwalk" events are more my speed. Less exposure, but a place to play the gits, demo the amps, and talk to folks. A few buy, but they all leave with a card and a flier, so potential future sales. This is a hobby for me. I've built @ 35 or so, sold about 15 or thereabouts. I'm looking at 14 completed in my garage right now, two in process. Also have given away four or five to deserving folks and kids. I also found some success at fundraising events that incorporate craft vendors who also donate to the event raffles. I don't know how it is around your area, but I still seem to be the only one around my town (a large place) that offers cbg's. Don't forget to have pics on your phone and a git in your truck! When you bring it up lots of folks just might get interested. Good luck, but most of all, enjoy.
1) you don't have to be a "musician" to sell your gits, just competent at demonstrating them. 3-5 little riffs, campfire songs, something you can pick and talk about the gits at the same time. in fact being a full blown and awesome musician could even be counter productive, if you are too good and impressive a lot of potential customers may be self conscious and/or intimidated about approaching you. Just good enough for possible customers to realize it's a REAL INSTRUMNET is probably best.
2) if you don't play your own gits some, than I have to ask "how do you know if they are any good?" I agree with the comments about what some folks put on the market as being more of a craft project to hang on the wall, some I saw up for consignment in a local mom-and-pop guitar store were unplayable.
3) speaking of which, guitar stores are to wrong place to sell a CBG. Be somewhere that folks are expecting to spend money but not expecting to guitar shop. Farmer's market, flea market, wine festival, etc.
It is unimaginatively called Richey Kay Guitars :)
It's empty at the moment, but you can see the ones I've sold on there from the 'sales' link on the left hand side.
I have actually seen you on there already! I've just given your shop a favourite. Lovely work on the Rebel too.
I have tried to sell there for about 2 years, I have never sold not one guitar!
I have sold my cigar box music cds and dvds, very few, about 15 in 2 years, so its very limited, to be honest ebay is much better.
This is a 3 year late reply, since I just saw this while noodling around. I sell all my cbgs on Etsy except a few that I sell on Reverb (a parallel universe for selling guitar gear) and a rare local direct sale. I make 1-2 a week and I have sold them all. I get rave reviews so I guess they are OK guitars :). Sometimes I wonder if I worked harder could I sell more? Especially at Christmas. For sure, many of the cbgs for sale on Etsy are priced too high and are probably not that good (and don't sell; buyers are not stupid) but yes you can definitely sell cbgs on Etsy. BTW, I love the "ca-ching" sound on my phone when I get a sale. It's the best!
Never too late. It's good to hear that 3 years later, Etsy is still a good selling place for CBGs. I still dont have a ton under my belt...40 or more...and have sold them all locally, word of mouth type sales.