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rhoads56 last won the day on January 29 2017

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  1. Not sure why you have to try to disagree by saying exactly what I was. I came here to show respect. Not argue.
  2. just heard the news. Brian really laid down a great set of parameters to really let this forum grow, and help all those who wanted to participate. That’s not as easy as it sounds. Respect. Condolences to his family.
  3. Some of us still pop in from time to time
  4. Please change your name, so you aren't confused with a similar brand also from Australia.
  5. For the record, the Shark was a candy clear over unstained Quilt Maple. As per StratsRdivine's post.
  6. Its certainly a difficult business to "make it" in. Of course, levels of success are what we determine them to be. Five years ago I'd achieved everything I had ever dreamed of, and more. Now? Im of the opinion I was just mucking around, and Im not even half way where I want to be. To some, Im an inspiration (or frustration!). To Fender? "Who's that clown with those funny frets?" My original goal was to "work in a hardware store, to support three days a week building guitars". I never in my wildest imagination thought I'd have five staff. Now I wonder "How many people will be working
  7. Ive chatted about this stuff on the luthierist podcast. If your quality isnt there, you can fool people for a while, but eventually you come unstuck. If you dont have something different, no one will care. Forget about trying to emulate someone else, you dont know how they got there or why. Example: a company recently tried to emulate our sales process, with similar products, and cheaper pricing. We sold approx $200k worth of guitars in a week. They have yet to see a single sale. You need to learn how to market your wares. (and going to open mic nights is not marketing) You n
  8. Please dont assume that because Im not here posting meaningless updates every week, that stuff isnt happening. When the kits are ready, you'll know all about it.
  9. It amazes me how many "luthiers" actually dont do ANYTHING. We employed a guy who had a fantastic reputation. Basically he would be "another Perry". He wasnt local, so we relied on skype for interviews. Wasn't until he started that we realised he was a 'bit rusty and needed a bit of time to settle in'. With all my commitments at the time, a month passes pretty easily. That's more than enough time to settle in, right? Nope. We got so frustrated, that I made him sit down an write a list of jobs he could do without supervision. Demeaning? Yep, I was at my wits end. He actually asked one of
  10. Yeah this will happen, especially now that my little group of luthier followers have all announced they will release kits too (seriously, does anyone not come up with their own ideas anymore?). We will do 6+7 kits to start. Blanks with routs + bodies ready to paint. If we sell enough, then 8's will be added, plus headless, plus new shapes. $500-600 AUD range all in. Hopefully we can have a kit where you choose hardware, pickups, etc all inclusive.
  11. We are currently about to start developing a range of kits for the DIY community, based around our Multiscale designs. These will be manufactured in Indonesia, rather than the usual Chinese kits, to allow for a high quality level. This will of course mean they are a little more $$$ too. We plan on 6 and 7 string versions, but there are some things we arent sure about. Most kits come as a premade body, and you basically finish it yourself with oil or lacquer, then assemble. Usually a headstock is either precut, or its the paddle arrangement so you can design your own. We'd like to
  12. Fantastic idea. Signed up for $10 a month to help out. PG was a wonderful resource for me when I was starting out.
  13. Second time ive heard this in as many weeks. I DID have some that went more purple with UV, and brown when freshly sanded. But it would generally be the opposite way around.
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