Orphanage Guitars - Your own custom carved-top guitars
Orphanage Guitars - Your own custom carved-top guitars
We think it's time you have the opportunity to design your own custom carved-top electric guitar.
We think it's time you have the opportunity to design your own custom carved-top electric guitar. Read more
About this project
What makes Orphanage Guitars unique?
Orphanage Guitars are American made in Manchester, NH, and founded by two brothers, Matt and Jonathon Harris. Matt is a professional product designer and co-owner of Redpoint Studios - Jonathon is a professional web designer and owner of Demo38.
There are many ways to buy a guitar, even ways to spec some of your own features. We want to take it a step further by allowing you to design and shape your own carved-top electric guitar - custom CNC machined to exacting spec to match your style. We’ll even send you a 3D DWF proof of your design that you can view on your PC, iPad/iPhone or Android. You’ll be able to fully spin and rotate your design from any angle and see your Orphanage Guitars Custom before it’s built. You can’t do that anywhere else!
Every Orphanage Guitar is the blending of design and technology - we pride ourselves on using the absolute latest design, engineering and visualization tools to empower our customers to make their own decisions on how they would like their instrument to feel and behave.
Even with all that customization, we'll never let you get lost in the process - we'll be there every step of the way to make sure that all of your choices are compatible.
What do we mean by "Orphanage Guitars Custom"?
Matt demonstrates part of our 3d design process by adapting our Orphanage Guitars "El Dingo" prototype model into a variety of Orphanage Guitars Customs (sampling shown below). You not only control the design, you control everything about your new custom.
Each Orphanage Guitars Custom carved-top guitar begins with your sketch, your choice of quality hand selected tone woods (you even choose your own top wood), custom CNC machined to exacting spec, stocked with your choice of neck configuration, pick-ups, bridge, electronics, top-shelf hardware, custom engraved headstock nameplate, professionally set-up and finished, and carefully delivered to your door. You can hear the quality in the sound.
Listen to "El Dingo" Howl
We're happy to introduce El Dingo. Check out the great tone and sustain from our El Dingo Drifter prototype model, ready for your personal customization and adoption, here on Kickstarter.
For the luthiers & builders out there, we’re offering the opportunity to design your own custom body. You design the body; carved top and back, choose the woods, pick-up configurations, electronics placement and bridge type. We’ll custom CNC your new guitar body, hand sand it to 220, and ship it with matching polished aluminum cover plates, screws and chrome neck ferrules.
Initial Prototype Models – "Renegade" & "El Dingo" Variations
As you can see, we love details too ;) These prototypes were CNC machined on our ShotBot Desktop, and all cover plates and pick-up rings are custom made hand-polished aluminum.
Why we need your help
Orphanage Guitars began as a design concept - focusing on method and technology first, we've been able to craft a process that allows the musician to become the artist. Kickstarter funds will be used to purchase a larger scale / faster CNC machine that can handle actual production, an assortment of high quality tone woods, all of the top-shelf hardware and electronics for use in every custom guitar build, and to buy the supplies needed to set up shop. It also allows us the opportunity to spend the time required to open the doors, and to focus on bringing Orphanage Guitars to life. Thank you for your support!
In addition to building Orphanage Guitars, we're also designing & developing our new website in house - a clean new site where you'll be able to order your Orphanage Guitars. All OG Customs adoption orders will be photographed, named by their designer (you), and featured on the website's "family tree" as a Drifter sibling model. We would love to hear your stories - you’ll be able to share pics of you and your Orphanage Guitar and your Orphanage Guitars Gear out in the wild - we'll be ready to share your adventure with the rest of the Orphanage Guitars community!
Now for some Orphanage Guitars Gear!
We'll ship in the Fall / Winter of 2013. Here's our schedule for delivery:
- June: Complete series of prototype models and launch Kickstarter.
- July: Finalize manufacturing space / Begin building website.
- August: Place orders for components and purchase woods, materials and equipment. Fulfill orders for Stickers, Picks, Dog Hoodies, T-Shirts, Zippered Hoodies and Work Shirts.
- September: Begin building guitars - working on Custom Shop design orders, getting them ready for custom CNC.
- October: Ship out custom parts trays, pick-up rings and custom bodies.
- November: Ship out first batch of Orphanage Guitars Custom Shop orders.
International backers will be responsible for applicable tariffs and customs fees.
Any questions or comments, please let us know. We really appreciate your support, it means everything.
Risks and challenges
We're excited to see Orphanage Guitars coming to life, and we really appreciate all the new friendships and support along the way. Our biggest challenge will be scaling up and preparing for full production. Upon a successful Kickstarter campaign, we'll be relocating Orphanage Guitars to a larger space and officially putting our name on the door. We'll be adding larger CNC equipment that can handle the load, expanding our stock of high end hardwoods, and building inventory.
As part of gearing up, we'll be working hard to get things up to speed as quickly as we can - we'll be sure to share updates and photos with our backers as we go, so you'll know exactly where we are in the process.
All orders for Orphanage Guitars branded Gear (Stickers, Picks, Dog Hoodies, T-Shirts, Zippered Hoodies, and Work Shirts) will go to print as soon as the Kickstarter is funded. Those will be packaged up and shipped out to you as soon as we get them.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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