Rick Tish's Blog (12)

My products have made it into Sight & Sound Music

Dropped off some pick art and guitar neck coat racks at the Muncie, IN-based music store.  You may be more familiar with their online division, World Music Supply.  They will be carrying my stuff in the brick and mortar store.  It felt really good to get the things I build into their shop. 

I am trying to convince them that the CBG market is untapped in our area and that it is ripe for sales.  Maybe I'll…

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Added by Rick Tish on October 4, 2019 at 8:22pm — No Comments

Ducktail Run in James Dean Country

Sold a few guitars and made some new friends this weekend.  The highlight for me was when my vendor neighbor Soaring Eagle came over after I had started playing a 3 string brownie pan guitar to ask me to turn it up and play more often because 1. it drew customers to not only my booth, but the booths around me; and 2. he just plain loved the music.  Ducktail Run and the two other festivals going on in the county, the Jonesboro River Rally and Fairmount's James Dean Days always brings in huge…

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Added by Rick Tish on September 29, 2019 at 9:57pm — 1 Comment

Festival in the land that time forgot

This weekend, I was at Frankton, Indiana's Heritage Days.  The whole festival was incredible.  A VERY small town put on an outstanding event.  Live music going on almost nonstop for the whole weekend.  Included a car show, tractor show, tons of vendors,

It's like fairs were when I was a kid.  The whole community came out to support the local event and have some fun.  It was really heartwarming to be there in Frankton this past weekend.  I guess the good old days aren't completely…

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Added by Rick Tish on September 23, 2019 at 10:09am — 2 Comments

Mama Pearson's Soaporium

A great market today at Mama Pearson's Soaporium.  A ton of vendors crammed in a couple of parking lots (45+ from the looks of it), great weather, and some friendly customers made for a good time.  Sold a CBG that I made last night.  Now, I'm looking forward to the next one in the spring.  If you or a loved one is into handmade soap, lotions, or manly beard care products, check out Mama Pearson's at https://www.mamapearsons.com/…

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Added by Rick Tish on September 14, 2019 at 8:52pm — No Comments

Good weekend selling

Fall festivals are upon us here in the Midwest.  I had a ball selling at the Cumberland Bridge Festival in Matthews, Indiana.  I was the only vendor doing cbg, 8 string guitars, and music-related accessories including pick wall art and guitar neck coat racks.  The customers were really receptive to the handmade stuff. 

Sold plenty, including the prototype for my shovel guitar builds.  Along with the 3 string guitars, I sold cbg kits for folks with the diy attitude.  Those were great…

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Added by Rick Tish on September 11, 2019 at 10:13pm — 1 Comment

Love for other builders' work

Woke up a couple of hours early and did some work to get ahead on the day.  After a couple of hours, I decided to stop and just check out what's new on CBN.  I absolutely love to see what other people are doing.  There is nothing like encountering cool and unique ideas.  Some of them, I adapt to my builds.  Some just sort of rattle around in the back of my brain until a light turns on and I come up with a progression on the idea or it leads me in a direction I wouldn't have gone otherwise. …

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Added by Rick Tish on September 4, 2019 at 5:01am — 2 Comments

I'm a coat rack factory!

I went all in, buying almost 400 lbs. of defective guitar necks to turn into coat racks.  Selling them at $30 each at fall festivals in September and October.  I can officially say I'm getting tired of making coat racks out of guitar necks, but they sure look cool and I'm excited to see how many I can sell.  I love having something in my booth that you don't have to be a musician to appreciate.  Just a music lover.  Give me a holler if this looks like something you would want hanging on your…

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Added by Rick Tish on August 27, 2019 at 11:33am — 3 Comments

My mistake at the markets

Okay, so I sell at markets and festivals and such.  One of my big mistakes starting out this year was just selling guitars.  I learned real quick that it's tough to get folks to plunk down $100+ on a guitar when they don't know how to play.  They appreciate what I'm doing, but they don't want to buy in at that high a cost.   could tell, they wanted to buy something.  I simply wasn't carrying items that fell in their price range.  It sent me back to the drawing board and made me…

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Added by Rick Tish on August 22, 2019 at 9:27am — 6 Comments

Indiana State Fair

Spent some quality time at the Indiana State Fair.  Things I learned.

1.  You can mount pretty much any food this side of pudding to a stick, fry it, and it will sell at the Indiana State Fair.

2.  You cannot buy Coke products at the Indiana State Fair.  Part of some deal they made with Pepsi.

3.  The shortest distance between any two points at the Indiana State Fair will be blocked off by the biggest crowd of humanity you have ever seen in your life waiting on fried…

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Added by Rick Tish on August 19, 2019 at 7:46pm — 1 Comment

Buying in bulk

My dad always said the same thing when he saw something marked at a way better than average price:  "how much for all of them?"  I have learned that you can buy 200 of something for just slightly more than 100.  If you're willing to buy all of somebody's stock, they will REALLY make it worth you're while as long as they are a halfway motivated seller.  I recently walked into a cigar shop with a table filled high with empty boxes.  $4 each or 2/$6.  I bought them all and saved a ton.  The…

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Added by Rick Tish on August 17, 2019 at 6:31pm — 3 Comments

Shellac

I've jumped in with both feet and bought shellac chips and mixed my own shellac.  It's easier to make than I thought.  I used the advice and instruction from Stew Mac videos and it was a great experience.  It's more labor intensive, but you can have a gorgeous finish built up in 2 days.  I've used shellac in the past, but it was from the can.  It took a lot longer to dry and cure.  The stuff I mixed myself dried completely in an hour and cured within 24 hours.  Nice.  

Give it a…

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Added by Rick Tish on August 15, 2019 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

first post

I've never done a blog before, but the ones I have read have been rather long-winded.  I'll try to keep these short.  Plus, I'm pretty sure nobody will ever read this that's not related to me.

Added by Rick Tish on August 14, 2019 at 8:23am — No Comments

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