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Cigar Box Guitar Headquarters - CBG HQ

Well it was bound to happen, a mainstream instrument seller now carries Cigar Box Guitars. Elderly instruments has 5 different CBG designs in their catalog.

Art Duality $325




Art Stash $200




Kristoff $175




Hoyo de Monterrey $175




ITC 10th Anniversary $175



Click the links of each name to see more pics and descriptions, or click CIGAR BOX GUITAR - 21ST CENTURY EDITION to see the main CBG page. It says they are made in Michigan, does anyone know who the luthier is?

What do you think???

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Why do i not feel threatened ! LOL
It's interesting, as myself and Roosterman have had quite a few conversations about the 'big boys' jumping on the CGB and primitive music bandwagon..and here it is in action (still at least Gibson haven't started knocking 'em out...yet...). Still, I've been asked by a local specialist music shop to have my guitars in their shop window (and indeed they have sold for me in the past off their stand at a festival)..so I'm sure I wouldn't turn down the opportunity.

However, here in the UK, Ben and myself have the intention of driving the bandwagon and kicking the big boy undesirables off the tailgate before they have a chance to get their fingers on the bumper.
Amen!
:o)
Well at least its not walmart,,,,yet
I was in there last Sunday, and they look nice. They even had one CBM (mandolin). I'm expecting them to sell mine, too. Just have to raise the bar on myself a bit... ;)
There's more there now than I've seen in the year I've been going there.

THE Jacob Blackwood said:
Yeah. They have been doing this for about two years or so. I've wondered myself who their builder is. They also have carried baritone and soprano ukes. I think they have had banjos too.
they look polished, but they got no soul like a handmade cbg
The worst of consumer parts. Crappy tuners. No imagination. Elderly is like the rest of the music industry grasping at straws to find a way to eat now that the bottom is out of vintage gear. I hope this is not the year of the chinese made CBG.
Aaargh..Johhnyboy you've voiced the fear that I'd tried to put to the back of my mind..the Chinese import CBG!!! What next?...Gibson using patented "old-growth DumpsterwoodTM" necks...

Johnny Lowebow said:
The worst of consumer parts. Crappy tuners. No imagination. Elderly is like the rest of the music industry grasping at straws to find a way to eat now that the bottom is out of vintage gear. I hope this is not the year of the chinese made CBG.
Is the Chinese year of the cbg before or after the year of the dragon....?
Hi all of you. I just found this forum and this thread and felt the need to post. First of all, I do not have any affiliation with Elderly's except that I have been a very satisfied customer since 1982 ( I believe Elderly's started in '76'). Elderly's is far from a franchise music store. They sell many instruments of all sorts. They have the most integrity of any fine musical instrument store for the best gibson, fender, froggy bottom, santa cruse, ect. Yet, they sell all quality ranges and price ranges. I have been fortunate to visit a number of named music store across the east sides of the states and frequent many stores that have web sites and have yet to find another store that even comes close to the integrity of Elderly's.

Elderly's does sell things from china but I do not think that its origin matter to them when they decided to stock it on their shelf. Every item holds its place on the shelf because it is a musical instrument that is usable and it has integrity.

I have seen, held and played the Cigar box Guitars/instruments that have been mentioned. They played nicely and appear to be durable and they appear also to be replicable by this maker. I think the replication part is what grinds us about the selling of these instrument by Elderly's. But think of it from Elderly's position. If you are going to sell these items, you need to have an inventory of them that is available to sell that is close enough to the same make to the advertised one so that the customer is not disappointed by its differences.

I know a musical instrument that was significantly better than its competitors. I actually requested Elderly's that I would buy this product if they stocked it. They had several other customers that did the same. Elderly's sold these items and would put in a purchase order to restock their inventory. The proprietor of this musical item was unable to fill the orders on a timely basis. Elderly's customers became displeased with their store for this purpose and held the store accountable for the problem. Elderly's was forced to quit selling the items because they could not appease the customers.

Besides, I think the Cigar Box Guitars are a mismatch for selling model wise. It take the unique character of the instrument away from what building cigar box guitars is all about. I think selling cigar box guitars should mainly be sold by the makers themselves. Cigar box Guitars are more about the unique qualities than to produce them because its modeling.

Just an opinion.
I've had two local guitar shops stock and sell my builds.... they like'm but don't do a good job showing them. I think the enthusiam that the builder brings to the experience is really important.

the best,

Wichita Sam

Kenton Kelley said:

Besides, I think the Cigar Box Guitars are a mismatch for selling model wise. It take the unique character of the instrument away from what building cigar box guitars is all about. I think selling cigar box guitars should mainly be sold by the makers themselves. Cigar box Guitars are more about the unique qualities than to produce them because its modeling.

Just an opinion.

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