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Hi, I'm Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker, and I am the proud owner of Cigar Box Nation and C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply, the premier supplier of parts, kits and gear to the cigar box guitar and handmade music movement.
I first got into handmade musical instruments back in 2008 when a friend brought me a canjo as a gift from Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I looked at it, plucked a few notes, and said "well heck I can build one of these." I got on the internet, discovered cigar box guitars, and was soon hooked. Not long after, Shane Speal (the King of the Cigar Box Guitar) founded Cigar Box Nation, and I joined a couple of weeks later.
After building a few, I realized that I could maybe sell some fret wire on eBay to help fund my hobby. From that small start I began sourcing and selling more key parts for CBGs - tuners, grommets for sound hole inserts, box corners, tailpieces, etc, and within a couple of years the business had grown so much that I was able to quit my day job and run C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply full time from the basement of my home. A year or so later, Shane Speal sold Cigar Box Nation to me so that he could focus his energies on his music career, and I have been running it ever since.
Now, C. B. Gitty is housed in 13,000 square foot section of an old mill in Gonic, New Hampshire and has eight employees, with over a thousand products and shipping over 500 orders a week. Even with all of this growth, I remain as excited as ever about cigar box guitars and the handmade music movement... I still get that excitement and thrill when I finish a guitar, and I can't wait to get it strung up and see how it sounds.
This movement is just getting started, and I can't wait to see where it goes. For more of my thoughts on all of this, check out the Cigar Box Guitar Manifesto which I wrote a while back, which really sums up my feelings about it.
Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker
Posted on June 18, 2015 at 2:30am 3 Comments 1 Like
Paint can lids massaged into cone resonators. I just got two from you and I am pleased and impressed. I think they will sound great and the price is pretty right. Fast shipping as usual. Thanks.
As you develop the new "mountain music" tablature book could you included bar breaks and timing so if we don't know the song or music we could learn it. As I'm a newbie to this and find it easier to learn and develop bar by bar building progressively. Thanks, I've got cigar box songbook volume 1 and am not sure of when notes are played. I'm look forward to the release of the new songbook as it sounds like you'll be including music that interest me.
Thanx for $5 Friday, great idea!
Happy day o' Birth. Thanks for all you did and do with Shane. You guys make it better for us try-it-yourselfer's. I get excited to see new emails and broadcasts from ya'll. Many more years of love.
Happy B-Day Young-in'.
Happy birth, Ben, and thanks for all the work you do for CBGs and those who love them.
I'm with ya Jim on that those cats rock!
Now i can see a Gitty WV location with Your master skills at the helm!!!!!
Thanks much for the friend request Ben. I had been making instruments for a few years before discovering CB Nation but thanks to you and the many helpful members here I was able to do things I'd never imagined before. You and Shane provide a wealth of information, not to mention a good place to buy parts! Hope to see you in York!
Thx for your comment on the instructional vid flier!
How amazing can that be you started this as a hobby and now it is your work and employment.
I like the looks of boxes you make. Some are very unique. I want you to hear one of my slide guitar originals. Perhaps I will buy one from you instead of making one, and get one that works well and benefit from your mistakes.
Rick Washbrook ' Whisky Drinkin' Woman ' Original '
I hope that you enjoy it. You have inspired me.
Please write me back. I am a member of Cigar box but have not posted anything yet. I am new
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Thats OKE Ben ,are there more CBN regulations for Nation site users? Don't like to effend the Famely folks! Greeettssszzz.
Hey Ben, got a message to check out shane's latest news letter but the blogs are gone. Have looked twice still not there have they been moved if so where, just trying to keep up.
howdy mr gitty,i just stopped by to say happy birthday,hope your day is great as it can be.
Can't change my photo on my page Ben. Keep getting error message after trying different pics both jpg and gif.
Thanks for featuring my latest guitar in the newsletter and for your kind comments
Ben, I love the packaging on the Southbound strings. Whoever came up with that was inspired. They would even make a good git top. Lots of nice stuff out from you.
Got my 1st canjo today its so much fun