Hello all,

I have always been pretty good at crafting things since I was a little boy. I've always tore things apart just to see how they are put together. I’ve built a few CBG’s back in High School in the 80's and started building them again a few months back since it’s been a bit easier to pick up cheap cigar boxes.

When going to a few local music’s store in my area to try and pick up parts, (New Jersey) I seem to get the same reply from some of the store owners or employees when they ask me what I am using the parts for.


“Why do you want to build that for, they all sound like crap” or a get the old eye roll.

I firmly disagree with them and usually thank them for their time and walk out. It seems to me that CBG’s are look down on. I work at a school and even the music teacher here gives me a look when I mention it to him. I have bought one in and even he said the my craftsmanship is very nice and professional, he tells me I should just save my money and time and buy a nice guitar. Has anyone else run into this kind of behavior, or is it just a north-eastern thing.

I have many interest including playing the Bagpipes, Guitar, and Drums, but having a wife and 4 wee ones have been taking up a majority of my time.

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You're basically running into a bit of musician snobbery. Of course you can get "better tone" out of a $2500 Gretsch, and I have a $800 Gretsch, and a few others. These are more a craft fair item in their eyes.

I've encountered the same thing when I've brought out my $200 Samick acoustic with a bunch of people and their custom guitars made to exacting specs.

Ultimately it's a matter of, if you play it often, it doesn't matter

I own a few really nice guitars( Fender, ESP, Epiphone )but I always end up playing my CBG's, with exception to the one in my picture here. I would much rather buy a CBG from a person than some store that would probably charge a lot( Guitar Center comes to mind )I love the whole underground following feel of the CBG group, If it goes too mainstream then it will get expensive, flashy and won't have that rawness that the old blues dudes had way back when. Some people just don't understand them and that's fine but they shouldn't put it down by calling them "crap". I will always love that feeling of playing something that I built or someone else built and feel satisfied.

Same here. I love my "ready-made" instruments, it's nice to have a perfectly build bass or guitar, but, at the end of the day, usually I end up noodling on my CBG. It smells different, the surface is different, vibrations are different. This and my "it's in the fingers" mantra ;-)

Exactly. I use a slide from a guy on here that sells and between that and my fingers it just has this incredible sound.

Why does the oil industry dislike electric cars? ;-)

Because oil won't transmit a current. ;-)

the music store guy said " I should just save my money and buy a guitar"

from who, him!!!....its all about his slow sales!!!!!

For the price of a "real guitar" these days( American made=expensive )you can make a few CBG's

And once you starting selling CBGs that are priced over 200-250 bucks or so, people start thinking, "For this price, I could just buy a 'real' guitar."

And if you hand a three stringer to half of the players, they look at it like, "what do I do? How do I play it? Here, take it back."

I don't even take mine to music stores any more.

I agree with Dan. Also I'm a little sick of everyone and their Grandma playing these 7 and 8 string ugly guitars. How the hell do you play these things, It is like a effing tree trunk. I've found myself going the other way and playing 3 and 4 string guitars and I've found it's loads of fun. I still play 6 string a lot but I'm not limited to that and I like that.

They all think CBG's are crap till you make them play one then they get it. It's the moment you find out if they are a real player or just a salesman

Yep I agree with Shawn on this - you need to take one of your in there for them to play. I got the same thing (ish) at the music shop I buy all my strings from.

I took one in and they loved it - they even offered to put it on sale for me. (It hasn't sold, but not to worry - most of the time I'll go in there and there's some bloke in a suit trying out a £2000 Martin)

But the moral of the story is... now they give me discount on strings. Is that a moral?


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