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I am also just on the verge of starting my own shop building custom guitars. Hoping to be completely up and running this coming spring. I build Bass, Acoustic, Electric and Cigarbox Guitars.... Here is my facebook site if anyone is interested. I am in the process right now of designing some stock models for people to check out. I have the "Kimberly Ann" which is a '72 Thinline, I used all genuine Fender electronics and hardware on the guitar. The front is Candy Apple Red and the back is Pearl White, with a blue MOP boarder between the two colors. The second Guitar model I have dubbed the "Hendrix Special", this one is a standard Tele, (Hendrix did play Teles) with a custom paint job done by my Youngest Daughter, I sprayed the base coat and she did the graphic work on the front. I used Fender locking tuning pegs, Fender tele bridge, Then I loaded it with OnlyMusic.coms repro Blues Tribute Pickups, and an OnlyMusic.com '52 - '54 Repro wiring harness. (including reproduction capacitors) And the third proto is the "Mexican Black Pearl" Every thing blacked out with black pearl pickguard, Hip Shot Locking tuning pegs, a gloss black neck (including the finger board) I loaded this one with OnlyMusic.com Lone Star Pickups and a Repro Stevie Ray Vaughan wiring harness of his #1 Guitar. Go to my Face book site to check them out and to my actual website that is under construction,,,,,,, I am working on a Hollowbody Les Paul right now and haven't totally figured this one out yet.....

https://www.facebook.com/StalkerCustomGuitars?ref=hl

http://stalkercustomguitars.wix.com/guitarshop

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Welcome to the forum

I just had a quick look at your facebook page and it left me confused, are you building the guitars or are you just assembling kits? If you're actually building as your description suggests maybe you need to address this in your facebook page so potential customers are not confused like I am.

However if you're just assembling kits, I would suggest not using any name that resembles the meaning custom, as then that is also missleading, as when a person orders a "custom" guitar, they expect a custom handmade guitar, not a kit that someone assembled and painted.

So all confusion aside, good luck and have fun!

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When I build Prototypes I normally just use a kit to speed up the process and get my idea out then once I have it the way I want it I build them from scratch. Well all except the necks... Haven't mastered that yet.......Once I get my shop completed next spring gonna get to learning how to build the necks from scratch. Checked out your site... WOW beautiful work.....

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Glad you've found the right place to learn

Maybe don't advertise until you've built one or two dozen guitars from scratch and have things ironed out?

Best way to learn is simply build for yourself, then when you've got that down pat, build for your friends. Start getting the skills down before you even start a facebook page or website, otherwise you can ruin your name before you even get started.

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Thats a good idea....Yeah just havent attempted the necks yet, seemed pretty daunting but after watching the tutorials I don't think it will take long.....I have just built for family and friends. I have seven Children and I have built them all a guitar of their choice from scratch not the kits. To help get things ironed out, I am working on three more for a few buddies of mine, these ones I am going to make the necks from scratch also........A freind of mine who taught me how to do the set up , neck, intonation and such used to work as a Luthier with Martin Guitars. He retired up here in Northern Wisconsin. That is my normal go to guy for stuff but glad to have found this site to widen my horizon. He is more of an Acoustic guitar build guy.......He has taught me alot over the past couple years. Hoping to get set up in my shop by next summer to start building acoustics. Living this far north sucks I have turned my 2 1/2 car garage into my workshop but I still need to get it insulated and heated. Thanks again for the input, always looking for advice from those who have been there.

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Demonx has given you some sound advise. There have been a lot of guys come through here wanting to start a buisness who wernt ready.

A sugestion from some one who has no business in this thread

Drop the fender logoed stuff. Not that its bad stuff i think most of it is good. But there are too many companies producing to notch hardware that dont make guitars that would love you to put it on your stuff and say so. Fender might not like that.

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The Kimberly Ann Model was the only one I used "fender" stuff in it was the first guitar I tried putting together That one was for myself. Not my favorite due to the fact that I used the fender stuff in it. I don't normally care for logoed stuff I have found a lot better sounding electronics and hardware since that build. I have been using custom hand wired harnesses and pickups from a small company i found. So I have been using his pickups and wiring harneses since.

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Dont get me wrong i there hardware is fine. Just not on a customers guitar. The idea of getting hooled up with a boutique pickup winder is great it adds mental mojo to a guitar for your customer.

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