I love The cigar box guitar builder podcast | Episode 27 Bill Jehle, let's play it!
over the last year I have been interviewing players and builders for a weekly podcast. TCBGBP has built a great following through the Facebook page and the Podbean site that publishes the podcast. The podcast can also be accessed via iTunes. I have had the opportunity to interview such great international CBG names as Justin Johnson, Mike Snowden, John Nickle and Bill Jewel to name a mere few. Back home here in OZ, I have been able to interview some really talented people; Nigel McTrustry, Dave from Little Crow Guitars, Mark Wilkes from Buzz Box Guitars and the immensely talented Mark Wilmot from MRWS instrument supplies, Mortal Coil pickups and Devil's Hand Guitars. What a ride! And I hope it's only just begun!!
Hi everyone, it's certainly been a while since I posted a blog comment here. I must admit to using Facebook for about 80% of my posts. Having said that my Facebook profile had a major hick-up and died. Therefore I have had to rebuild the profile and more importantly the page. The page is where you, my wonderful customers, have stayed in touch with Birdwood Guitars. If you haven't already, please look up ADAM HARRISON BIRDWOOD GUITARS on Facebook to reconnect. You can also like the page at BIRDWOOD GUITARS. CBGs AND ACCESSORIES.
There are new products on the site including stock of the fantastic Matt Charnley ROLLING THUNDER CBG in single coil and humbucker versions, with 10% going to Matt to assist him in his post operation recuperation. Both models are being built at the moment and will appear in the store as soon as they are completed.
I am also very excited to be able to welcome Rob Chapple into the Birdwood Guitars family of players with his own version of the fantastic LIGHTNING BOY CBG. This is a high octane version of The LIGHTNING BOY perfectly suited to hard rock and heavy blues thanks to its humbucking pickup and sharp chrome and black against "80's" yellow cigar box. The neck on this guitar is ebonised black and rubbed back to weather the finish and create a cool worn in feel. The guitar will also sport all the high end electrics that you expect of a LIGHTNING BOY including genuine CTS pots, Switchcraft output jack great quality and Wilkinson tuners. The Humbucking pickup has been specifically chosen to give a full-blooded, harmonically rich high-output that can take you from bluesy rock to screaming solos. Rolling off the volume knob reveals great, useable clean tones.
Stay tuned for more information
All good things and all that into account I have had to make the decision to increase the price of the LIGHTNING BOY model due to the time it takes to craft these lovely guitars, the choice of hardware and and the fact that they may soon be stocked in some quality music stores in the Sydney region. I have always stood behind my products and hope that you understand why I have had to make this decision. All the other guitar ranges are not effected at this time. The price will not increase until the new financial year, so if you have been after one let me know and we can make it happen.
This weekend has seen me getting back into the shop to work on a few guitars that were on the table and in a variety of states of completion. A busy Saturday later and all five were done and ready for sale through the site here and at the local Magpie markets at Lawson in the beautiful Blue Mountains.
I was also able to catch up with the great people who run Faulconbridge Farm which is a beautifully set up antiques emporium and I am happy to say that I may have the opportunity to sell a selection of guitars through this lovely business. The owner is a passionate advocate for independent businesses in the Blue Mountains and I was very impressed to say the least.
Wow so what an incredible couple of days I had last weekend! The ukulele festival was a huge success for Birdwood Guitars. I was able to meet a lot of amazing people and sell some of my favourite guitars. The feedback was wonderful and very positive. I handed out a lot of business cards and soaked up the atmosphere. I need to revamp my tables I think. Something a bit more rustic and timber perhaps but I have a small car at the moment and space and lightness is a priority. I also started doing the local Sunday market at Lawson and had a great time with people from my local area. Making contacts and friends, not a bad way to spend a weekend.
This coming Valentines day Birdwood guitars will be attending one of the worlds largest ukulele festivals at Katoomba NSW. I will be there with a great range of Birdwood CBG's and accessories. If your coming pop over and say , 'hi.' Don't be afraid to ask for a deal!! I am building a couple of ukuleles for the event but will of course be focusing on cigar box 3 and 4 strings and a cool range of biscuit tin guitars too