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Over the years I have learned many things about making a cigar box guitar, none of which I'll share here. 

TIP #1:  SPONGE AS DRILL BASE

Instead of wood, use sponge as a base when using your drill press.  It doesn't help with drilling a good hole, but when the bit hits that sponge the resulting twirling effect of the sponge, wood and possibly drill press can amuse the grandchildren as they watch.

TIP #2:  HOT DRILL BITS

Use a propane torch to heat your drill bits red hot before using them.  It just makes sense that a red-hot bit will drill through wood faster than a cold bit.  Be sure to have a fire extinguisher on hand, just in case... as well as spare drill bits.

TIP #3: ALWAYS HOLD THE PIECE AT THE END WHILE CHISELING ***

It's good to hold your work at the far end while running a chisel along a cut.  That way if the chisel slips your free hand can catch the sharp end it before it hits the workbench, wall or other valuable things.

TIP #4: THREE STRINGS IS TOO MANY

Two strings work just fine, especially when playing barred chords.  Not only is it easier to make, but you save 1/3 of your supply costs in tuners, strings and string anchors.  Spin your advertising so that it makes it seem as if 2 strings are the "new thing" in box guitars and everyone is buying them, and start a 2-string online website so people can be convinced 3-stringers are a thing of the past.  You can point to the numerous 2-stringers already on the market as "proof" because... the general public will buy anything.  Just ask the Chinese.

TIP #5: WING IT

Whenever performing live, forget about rehearsals and cover songs and lyrics.  Most people don't know how CBGs are supposed to be played anyway... so just bar random chords in rhythm and say random phrases in monotone.  Everyone will think it's "free verse" poetry and the applause will be just as enthusiastic when you're done.

TIP #6: CHARGE MORE THAN I DO

When marketing your CBGs, price your gits two or three times the prices I charge.  My prices are too low really, considering all the hours we put into one of these things.  So everyone: charge more than I do.  This will put your CBGs in an "elite" class that will be purchased by collectors and people with lots of money and don't care how much something costs. As a result you'll get more money for the same amount of time spent building.  This is especially effective if you don't finish out your CBGs, leave them unsanded, unstained and un-lacquered, and market them as "purist folk instruments".  You can even leave them un-strung and sell the strings separately, as a "personalized" feature (let the people choose which strings they want and charge them for the privilege).  Really, your sales should skyrocket.

TIP #7:  DON'T MAKE SO MANY

In line with tip #6... if you make too many CBGs people will view them as "everyday".  Whereas, if you only make 1 or 2 a year and sell each one for thousands of dollars, people will view your gits as high-class collector's items.  Be sure to number them and sign them with ink so people know they're authentic.  A signature means the item is custom-made and that you're a professional.  I learned that from Amazon offerings from Asia:  "Hand-signed by the creator".   Hubba hubba.

I hope everyone reading this employs all the above suggestions, so that sales increase.**   It is widely known it's good to try new things when promoting your business.  The above steps are sure to raise a few eyebrows.

Have fun!  :D

Disclaimers:

* Useful to your competition. 

** My sales.

*** Don't really do this.  Seriously, it's a bad idea.  I figured I'd better put this disclaimer here just in case there are any gamers out there who burned out all their brain cells on an all-night Warcraft marathon.  Instead, always chisel toward the direction of your stomach.  That way your belt buckle might stop the chisel if you slip.

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Yes, I am waiting 2 hours for the glue to dry on my git neck.  You all know what that's like.  Idle hands and all...

Ouch... tough crowd tongiht.  (... looking in my bag for the rubber chicken...)

TOUGH CROWD ANY NIGHT WAYFINDER.

ITS A SLOW FORUM.

WHY NOT GO BACK TO CBG NATION i'M SURE FOLKS WOULD WELCOME YOU BACK WITH OPEN ARMS.

Oh I'm already there, and the welcome has been great.  But I like this forum too, and Ted is a friendly guy.  I like to drop something here once in a while... if it gets read. :D

I'm on both to as well as facebook.

Thanks for the tips!. After read its probably I´ll make a 2 strings in the nearly future.

Regards from Argentina.

:D

:D ?????????...What´s the meaning of : D ????.

:D is an "emoticon"... a happy grin shown sideways.  Such are often used on forums or emails. Other emoticons are:

; )  Wink and grin

: (    sad

: )   smiling

8O   shocked

XD   laughing

: }   embarrassed / humorous

: {  embarrassed / apologetic

>: (   Angry

B |    Not impressed

etc etc

In case anyone has any doubts... the entire original post is tongue-in-cheek and definitely not to be taken seriously.  ; )

Ahhh! Ok Ok!. I don´t see the emoticon; I only see :D

Regards

In the :D... the : are the eyes and the D is the mouth.  : )

Gustavo Casado said:

Ahhh! Ok Ok!. I don´t see the emoticon; I only see :D

Regards

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