So I'm working on four builds this week--all for friends and family--when it came to me that I should be recording the date and build number on the CBG's. I've created labels on my printer that has the following information...
Eric's Cigar Box Guitars
I used Avery address labels for the tags, and I plan on applying them to the inside of the box for historical purposes. While I was at it, I also printed more labels for the back of the box, which has the standard tuning and scale length...
Eric's Cigar Box Guitars
Tuning: G, D, G
25" Scale (from Nut to Bridge)
I figured it would be a good reference for anyone who needed to change strings or adjust the bridge.
Has anyone here also done much the same for their builds. If so what was your solution?
I just stamp a serial number on the top the headstock with steel number punches and write it down in my records, with a brief description of the box, pickup etc. I don't note a date, simply the year in which they are made.
I figure the month and year for the date will be good. Build number would be, I think, important.
Or write out the whole year...
"Build Date: 1/2016"
Since it takes me more than one day to build, there doesn't seem a need to include the day.
Bufo Bill makes a valid point,in this increasingly small world,it can lead to confusion,to me 9/11 would be meaningless, if not for the shear weight of reference to the event,i'd be inclined to consider it 2 days before our remembrance day,11/11
This was the final nudge I needed to make a label, I am pretty happy with it - some sort of name, year and model, in this case first uke of 2015. Have to see what it looks like thru the sound hole.
I always sign mine and include a month/year date. I wish I would have given each a number - I'm way way over a thousand and more closer to 2. I really have no idea - and that might be difficult for future CBG historians in the future when they write my bio (HAAA).
(signed and put a check mark on a couple thousand pickups, too, wish I knew that number)
I also use the steel stamps back of the headstock and also on the heel. No particular reason. Then I sign and date inside so it can be seen through the sound hole. I write directly on the wood. I give a receipt with the tuning.written on it. I should put in the scale length too. .
I think it is a good idea doing what you mention. I usually sign the git and often put the tuning on a piece of paper on the back. I have not kept track of my number of builds. It seems to be over 50. I may be best off not knowing.