So I have a big hairy idea, one that I don't personally want to take advantage of but I think would be very cool for those who are trying to make a living or supplement income by building and selling instruments.
I would propose:
How would that work?
It occurs to me that certain people here are good at certain things, some build necks, cones, pickups, boxes, etc. and some people are good assemblers, finishers, and marketers. here's my vision:
How do you make money?
How do you keep it fair?
Custom orders sourced through the site, i.e. John Smith comes on and requests a specific set of features. PM decides whether or not they want to take on project. They gather costs and provide quote to original requester.
I don't really have a horse in this race as I have no intention of trying the CBG business anymore. I just want to build to trade and enjoy. But I think it's a great idea! Discuss!
So i'm thinking of trying to do a test case for the HMC collaboration idea. I have two ideas:
1. one build a reso CBG, sell it on ebay and donate the profits back HMC
2. crowdsource a bouzuoki and keep it, because i want one
I LIKE IT! :o)
I see one immediate problem though. Making a neck is 3/4 of the work in building a CBG. The neck guy could spent an extra 30 mins cutting a box and wiring it, and double the money by selling a complete git! This is a discussion we regularly have over here in the UK cuz a lot of folks want to build but dont have the tools / time / skills to make up the neck.
The answer is obviously to simplify the design, but then does that lower the quality bar??
Hopefully someone out there just loves making necks or has the machinary to do big batches, in which case I dont see why it cant all work out.
Sensible to do a test run with a reso too methinks - I might buy it :o)