I've just turned on the Etsy store. Items will be trickling in over the next couple days, and I'll make annoucements on FB and Twitter when new listings are added. This is a stop-gap until the web site get's it's shopping cart upgrade.
There is a listing for 'Private Listing - Kickstarter Tuning Machine Upgrade' This is a kit with all the components needed to replace the Steinberger tuners with the new Pull tuners. It also includes the protective Booties.
What's in a name...
Fall has definitely arrived with crips air and thoughts of snow. The days are getting shorter and evenings are spent raking fallen leaves.
Production is running at full tilt and aside from a weeks stoppage for building upgrades the month of September produced some wonderful guitars.
Building upgrades – For those of you keeping track of our shop activities, we've partitioned off the cutting, routing, and sanding machines to an isolated section so we could contain the dust. In addition, we added 3 new 1100 cfm air cleaners and expanded the vacuum cleaning system. Still to come is a heat exchange system for the deep winter months. We're already liking the improvements and have begun thinking of our next upgrades, isolating the machine noise.
Production upgrades - The phasing out of old molds and upgrade to a new high temperature molding system is underway. We are about 50% complete with the swap out. This, combined with a new high-temp oven, means we will be able to produce double the parts each day. We're on track for complete transition by mid October.
What's in a name? You may have noticed that each guitar is labeled with a name on the plaque. This started out as an organizational tool to help us reference and keep track of each individual guitar, and has evolved into a daily shop game. Here are the rules: we progress in order, alphabetically, A-Z. There is a theme for each series through the alphabet. For example, the theme this series is “Girls names mentioned in songs.” So for example, “Sally” from "Lay Down Sally," by Eric Clapton. We rotate through the shop staff so everyone has a chance to choose. The truly terrible choices are heckled and then rejected. In the event of a stale mate we reference the all-mighty baby names book.
Shipping for October – I've left it the same quantity as September to give us room for the molding updates, but (cross your fingers) the new process will past this list.
If you are uber anxious for your guitar, and are willing to accept a small level of cosmetic blemishes, you can sign up for our B-guitar program. Because we are human, and we hand mold each guitar, often there are small cosmetic blemishes that pop up. They are strictly cosmetic, and I e-mail photos so you can approve the look.