Hey Mr. Ben I'm impressed by the social media hobby group/crafter's supply model you have working here. I think it's the key to your expansion and to your company's financial sustainability. Seems to me increasing sales and product lines would start with Facebook accounts generating social connections with different hobbies that determine and promote supplies specific to different hobbies. Whether held in inventory or provided through drop-ship contracts new product lines should be a matter of cherry picking product for highest return. You could even incentivize employees to manage these 'micro hobby group Facebook accounts' for a comission of sales generated. Lots of different crafts and hobbies out there need supply, so the potential for growth is good.
Just some thoughts from a well-wisher... Love 'The Gity Gang Show' btw. Much better than the 'Ben and Shane Show' someone suggested a few years ago. XD
Ben hey, I had a workshop with newbies in cbg matters, and we checked different methods of slotting a fretboard: just with a knifelike japanese saw with a narrow blade, with your guitar fretting starter kit, and with Chickenbone John's fret slotting tools.
Your guitar fretting starter kit I had to modify in two points: the mitre box is too narrow for metric cut timber, 1.5" is somewhat less than our 40mm or 1.575": I had to replace it with my own; why not a 2" mitre box usable for larger four or six stringer fretboards too?
Typical mistake of my newbies: the cut for the fret is not level but higher in the mid of the board, so hammering in the mid loosens the ends of the frets; adding a feeler to check the cut is deep enough and level would greatly improve the value of this valuable package, at the cost of some cents.
Thanks much for the friend request Ben. I had been making instruments for a few years before discovering CB Nation but thanks to you and the many helpful members here I was able to do things I'd never imagined before. You and Shane provide a wealth of information, not to mention a good place to buy parts! Hope to see you in York!
How amazing can that be you started this as a hobby and now it is your work and employment.
I like the looks of boxes you make. Some are very unique. I want you to hear one of my slide guitar originals. Perhaps I will buy one from you instead of making one, and get one that works well and benefit from your mistakes.
Rick Washbrook ' Whisky Drinkin' Woman ' Original '
I was unable to use my coupon for my entry in the builder's challenge at cbgitty.com. I left a message through the contact link at the website. I noticed you were online here, so I thought I'd send you a message here in case you could give me a quick answer.
I appreciate all you do!