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by Ormsby Guitars
Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: First commission
Replies: 36
Views: 1126

Re: First commission

Sorry for continuing off topic Trent... I actually think the topic has been good as it allows Trent to see the turmoil that exists behind the scenes in pricing ones work up I totally agree with you on pricing's, for me its not a big deal as repairs are my speciality not building. One thing a builde...
by Ormsby Guitars
Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: First commission
Replies: 36
Views: 1126

Re: First commission

simso wrote:
Sun Jul 15, 2018 4:52 pm
Way more money in repairing guitars than making them, that is a definite.

Steve
Not if you charge $6001 plus materials 😂
by Ormsby Guitars
Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Airbrush advice
Replies: 10
Views: 1173

Re: Airbrush advice

Forget airbrushes. They are for way more intricate work. Use what’s called a detail gun. 0.8 mm tip is what we use. No need to thin/reduce. Perfectly atomised spray pattern. Plugs into your existing spray air leads. Your burst will be done before someone with an airbrush has even plugged it in. An a...
by Ormsby Guitars
Mon Mar 19, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Stunning wood
Replies: 14
Views: 1522

Re: Stunning wood

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by Ormsby Guitars
Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Materials pricing
Replies: 3
Views: 828

Materials pricing

Curious to see what others are paying for materials. Truss rods Fret wire per guitar Body blanks (swamp ash, limba, Mahogany, Alder, etc) Fretboards (ebony, Wenge, ziricote, macassar ebony, flame maple) Necks (sizes? Maple, mahogany, etc) Etc etc We’ve been able to leverage off our production line g...
by Ormsby Guitars
Tue Jul 18, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Just a thought... to the moderators
Replies: 6
Views: 1961

Re: Just a thought... to the moderators

I would love to see a tutorial from Perry, on finishing, I kid you not, Perrys finishes are flawless, and that is coming from someone who is very proud of his paintwork scrutinizing anothers work. Steve I remember everyone losing their minds over someone wanting to sand timber to 400 grit, includin...
by Ormsby Guitars
Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: The slow, secret death of the six string electric..
Replies: 6
Views: 2593

Re: The slow, secret death of the six string electric..

We just got interviewed for a response to this article. Going to be interesting to see that article when it comes out.
by Ormsby Guitars
Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Pau Ferro fingerboards
Replies: 17
Views: 5041

Re: Pau Ferro fingerboards

rocket wrote:
Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:04 pm
might also consider Bubinga, can look a bit like rosewood and is damned hard, also Wandoo is a nice choice.

Rod.
Except bubinga is listed with all the rosewoods, in the latest cites restrictions.
by Ormsby Guitars
Mon May 22, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Fretboard oil
Replies: 8
Views: 2349

Re: Fretboard oil

We are just about to release our own care packs. Fretboard conditioner, detailing/cleaning spray, nut lubricant, and a polishing wax with no silicon (silicon contaminates the paint surface limiting the ability to spot repair). Just waiting on the labels and retail packaging bags. We use a mineral oi...
by Ormsby Guitars
Tue May 16, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Scum bags - thieving shits
Replies: 7
Views: 2349

Re: Scum bags - thieving shits

:(

Always do agreed value. We review our policy every six months, and our insurer has been very willing to discuss valuations every time. Hell, they even called us to suggest we move values up once.
by Ormsby Guitars
Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Getting sued and going to court
Replies: 25
Views: 5085

Re: Getting sued and going to court

Knowing Steves work, and knowing who wrote the letter supporting this clown's claims, I'm quite happy to continually mention to anyone and everyone about their involvement in this.

It's not the first 'negative vibe' I've seen discussed, and I really dislike their entire business.
by Ormsby Guitars
Wed Feb 22, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Sharpening
Replies: 10
Views: 3007

Re: Sharpening

2000grit and the palm of my hand to strop. Anything else is wasting time and money. :)
by Ormsby Guitars
Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: A different side of life in the workshop
Replies: 16
Views: 4228

Re: A different side of life in the workshop

You just have to ride this one out. We waited nine months for one guy, and 12 for another, to pay off their guitars. But we can ride that out. It's just damn annoying. The lower the deposit amount, the more payment issues you'll get. You have to juggle that percentage based on either getting more or...
by Ormsby Guitars
Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The Questions We Never Ask
Replies: 17
Views: 4488

Re: The Questions We Never Ask

Every piece of timber we have in stock has a code on it. The code can be converted to the original cost price including transport, if you know the simple formula. A second set of digits determines the date. Combined they become an inventory number. Easy enough to know everything at a glance. Machine...
by Ormsby Guitars
Wed Jan 04, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Guitar designer app
Replies: 6
Views: 1921

Re: Guitar designer app

Thanks guys. Could have bought a nice car for what his is costing, but I think it will bring much more beneficial returns and following than another speeding fine :D
by Ormsby Guitars
Wed Jan 04, 2017 1:59 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Guitar designer app
Replies: 6
Views: 1921

Guitar designer app

Something we've been working on. Not 100% ready yet, but you get the idea. Things left to do, in the short term: Few more body shapes 60-70 timber samples Fix the sharing capability Work on the user interface to make it a little nicer Add in help buttons to guide users ... and many more Eventually, ...
by Ormsby Guitars
Wed Dec 07, 2016 12:28 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Hardness of fretwire
Replies: 7
Views: 1712

Re: Hardness of fretwire

Need some stainless steel wire?
by Ormsby Guitars
Mon Nov 28, 2016 9:09 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Rosewood and CITES
Replies: 71
Views: 27348

Re: Rosewood and CITES

Furthermore, spoke with the department handling this new rosewood deal. $70 or so for each shipment or $170ish for a six month 'pass'. Storm in a teacup it seems. A storm in a teacup if you import 50 or 100 Rosewood sets at a time, but 1 or 2 sets and it becomes a significant part of the cost, plus...
by Ormsby Guitars
Sun Nov 27, 2016 10:04 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Rosewood and CITES
Replies: 71
Views: 27348

Re: Rosewood and CITES

20x $5000 = $100,000 20x materials at $500 = $10,000 Running costs of $10,000 $80,000 profit. From there, taxes take out $15k Leaves you with $65k. The average Aussie wage is $73k before tax. That includes the 4% of the population who earn over $300,000 a year in Oz. The medium wage is less than the...
by Ormsby Guitars
Sat Nov 26, 2016 12:30 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Rosewood and CITES
Replies: 71
Views: 27348

Re: Rosewood and CITES

$23 for Rocklite ebano fretboards.

Going into $3000-4000 instruments.

And you guys are complaining about the price?!?


Furthermore, spoke with the department handling this new rosewood deal. $70 or so for each shipment or $170ish for a six month 'pass'. Storm in a teacup it seems.
by Ormsby Guitars
Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:06 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - marketing ideas
Replies: 7
Views: 3087

Re: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - marketing ideas

Of the 12 people who attended the course I did in NZ a few years back I think I'm the only attendee who went on to build more more guitars. After 150 students, we've seen 4-5 go on to start businesses, and 4-5 go on to work for other companies, and a few start up as repairers or touring techs. So n...
by Ormsby Guitars
Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:00 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - marketing ideas
Replies: 7
Views: 3087

Re: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - marketing ideas

Yep. You can diversify into hosting classes, running a Cnc for others, finishing work, touring tech, repairer, consultant, make tools/jigs, audio engineering, recording, build rehearsal spaces, ghost build, sell parts/timbers, build stomp boxes, make cases or pedal boards, hire equipment, play gigs,...
by Ormsby Guitars
Tue Nov 15, 2016 11:00 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - marketing ideas
Replies: 7
Views: 3087

Re: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - marketing ideas

On point, as always Robbie. Endorsements of local players dont work for the amount invested. Endorsements of larger players often means you've just given away something for free on the OFF CHANCE they help you back. Large players are being constantly courted by many brands. Magazine adverts dont bri...
by Ormsby Guitars
Sun Sep 18, 2016 7:10 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Some news + designing a dream workshop?
Replies: 90
Views: 23814

Re: Some news + designing a dream workshop?

Hi Perry, You said "Bunnings have 33mm round edge, 1800mm long bench sections on sale at the moment. We're $35 each, currently $7 each." - do you know what Bunnings calls them? I had a quick look and can't find those panels on special - I could do with another bench! (My local Bunnings is Lismore, ...
by Ormsby Guitars
Sun Sep 18, 2016 9:57 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Some news + designing a dream workshop?
Replies: 90
Views: 23814

Re: Some news + designing a dream workshop?

Pretty much what we are doing at the new place too. GTRs are stored at one end with a dedicated shipping area. Wood storage is next, with a panel saw and bandsaw in the main area. Then a machining room for the rest of the machines to limit dust movement. The roof is a mezzanine for extra storage. Ma...