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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: 4868

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: 38772

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: 38772

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...
by Ormsby Guitars
Sat Sep 17, 2016 11:52 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Some news + designing a dream workshop?
Replies: 90
Views: 38772

Re: Some news + designing a dream workshop?

Nice! What are the two sections at each end for?
by Ormsby Guitars
Tue Aug 30, 2016 10:34 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Interesting product
Replies: 2
Views: 2044

Re: Interesting product

Tried it extensively. To get a good bond, 240g is as high as you can sand. That will leave visible scratches unless you sand by hand carefully or avoid certain woods. It chips in large sections. If you do not get it cured fast enough it will still cute hard, but with a rubbery top film that is extre...
by Ormsby Guitars
Sat Aug 27, 2016 11:20 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Some news + designing a dream workshop?
Replies: 90
Views: 38772

Re: Some news + designing a dream workshop?

I feel your pain. We have recently secured a nice big factory unit and every quote bar one was close to half the price it's actually costing. Only the spray booth is coming in cheaper than expected. And now I have a 30 minutes drive to work instead of a leasurely stroll out to the back yard. :/ But ...
by Ormsby Guitars
Wed Jul 20, 2016 7:59 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Shark Tank
Replies: 5
Views: 7339

Re: Shark Tank

Well it was very real, I can assure you. Shot in one continuous 85 minute session. No stopping, no restarts. That got editted down to 15 minutes. Obviously a lot got cut out. The editted version is close to a condense version of the full thing, but less chat about the offshore manufacturing, and not...
by Ormsby Guitars
Sat Jul 16, 2016 8:23 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 10 Degree headstock angle
Replies: 7
Views: 4976

Re: 10 Degree headstock angle

We use nine degrees, as does PRS.
by Ormsby Guitars
Fri Jul 08, 2016 8:59 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Sprayers in Australia and NZ
Replies: 13
Views: 7435

Re: Sprayers in Australia and NZ

Nah we aren't using uv yet. Trialled it on one custom and it was ok. Used it on three course guitars and was a disaster. I was just going off what you said when I ran into you in Melbourne, however that must've been a short moment in time that you were using it, then moved on from it. These things ...
by Ormsby Guitars
Fri Jul 08, 2016 10:09 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Sprayers in Australia and NZ
Replies: 13
Views: 7435

Re: Sprayers in Australia and NZ

Nah we aren't using uv yet. Trialled it on one custom and it was ok. Used it on three course guitars and was a disaster. Used it again on a custom and ended up stripping it (We refinished it later with our usual stuff). But yeah it was the hobby stuff people are raving about. Which apparently, accor...
by Ormsby Guitars
Thu Jul 07, 2016 6:07 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Sprayers in Australia and NZ
Replies: 13
Views: 7435

Re: Sprayers in Australia and NZ

Not yet but I've used one in our Korean factory. It's great. 25 minutes from raw wood, to sealer X 2, to 2x clear, to buffed. Obviously a guitar would take longer, but... $60-80k is a big investment but figure it will pay for itself over two years at our current handmade rate, plus we can increase p...
by Ormsby Guitars
Thu Jul 07, 2016 4:06 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Sprayers in Australia and NZ
Replies: 13
Views: 7435

Re: Sprayers in Australia and NZ

I don't know of any that spray for luthiers. We are looking into it as a service to offset the investment and time savings for our uv setup that is coming later this year.
by Ormsby Guitars
Mon Jul 04, 2016 1:02 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Shark Tank
Replies: 5
Views: 7339

Re: Shark Tank

It was certainly a cool experience! Now you know why I'm so anti the whole "there is no money in this business" crap. All up 70+ minutes of the pitch was cut out, so what you saw was only snippets of the whole thing. There was a lot more infighting. There were also some offers made that didn't make ...
by Ormsby Guitars
Mon Jun 27, 2016 2:28 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What is "Hand Made"
Replies: 72
Views: 30812

Re: What is "Hand Made"

The only people who complain about CNCs are those that don't have one :) Um.....I don't see anybody complaining about CNC. I do see a bunch of intelligent people having an enlightening discussion about what constitutes a "handmade" instrument. :o :o :o We are having a discussion about what constitu...
by Ormsby Guitars
Mon Jun 27, 2016 12:03 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What is "Hand Made"
Replies: 72
Views: 30812

Re: What is "Hand Made"

The only people who complain about CNCs are those that dont have one :) From a customers ultimate perspective: Who cares if a guitar is handmade or not. Isnt the quality of the finished product the ONLY thing? (we have a foot in each camp: "cnc production" churning out 1000 guitars this year via Kor...
by Ormsby Guitars
Mon May 30, 2016 11:40 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Tom Furguson
Replies: 4
Views: 4401

Re: Tom Furguson

Pro tip: Reverb works better than Gumtree :)
by Ormsby Guitars
Tue May 10, 2016 11:16 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Guitar transportation to Western Australia Help
Replies: 2
Views: 1637

Re: Guitar transportation to Western Australia Help

TNT from perth to QLD is $39-49 for us, insured to $1500.

Thats on an account, with 250 items minimum per year. But still...
by Ormsby Guitars
Tue Mar 29, 2016 5:02 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: We are hiring
Replies: 4
Views: 2604

Re: We are hiring

Had a couple good applicants so far, but the more experience the better!
by Ormsby Guitars
Tue Mar 29, 2016 1:55 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: We are hiring
Replies: 4
Views: 2604

We are hiring

Looking for a part timer, with a plan to move towards full time (if it suits the applicant). This will be the first of a handful of opportunities over the next 6-12 months. We currently have a team of three including myself. You'll choose the days you work, and the hours if need be. We are flexible,...
by Ormsby Guitars
Wed Feb 24, 2016 4:19 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Allen's ukes on Australia's got Talent
Replies: 7
Views: 4843

Re: Allen's ukes on Australia's got Talent

I wonder what exposure like this is worth? Prime time, but a "supporting cast" rather than a feature (eg: verse a documentary on building ukes for example). Obviously there is brand awareness etc, but I wonder if spots on tv like this generate interest? All interest is good interest, but how much ge...
by Ormsby Guitars
Fri Jan 29, 2016 7:49 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Quiet in here
Replies: 35
Views: 17602

Re: Quiet in here

In LA, post NAMM.

NAMM is crazy. Huge! 6 halls, each the size or two football fields (maybe more). 100,000 people over four days. Lots of famous faces. Picked up some great contacts.

Every guitar maker should visit at least once.
by Ormsby Guitars
Tue Dec 08, 2015 11:04 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Help in Sydney? Experienced wood expert needed...
Replies: 10
Views: 4852

Help in Sydney? Experienced wood expert needed...

Need a favour... Ive found what I believe is the MOTHER LOAD of Brazilian Rosewood... except, photos don't look quite right. It looks a bit more like Mahogany to me, but they swear its rosewood, purchased in the 60's. It's a vast quantity, and a considerable amount of money. I need someone in Sydney...
by Ormsby Guitars
Mon Nov 23, 2015 10:27 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Dont understand how some business's survive
Replies: 20
Views: 11380

Re: Dont understand how some business's survive

It has been done. TT quoted us $1800 for a fretboard and frets, installed on our neck blank. They claim they wear at a higher rate than nickel silver. Bitch to recrown. We have customers who will gladly pay that, but no thanks. As for the Plek, they contacted us in 2006 I think. "we can set you up a...
by Ormsby Guitars
Thu Sep 10, 2015 8:52 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Alternative timbers and the american influence
Replies: 13
Views: 7009

Re: Alternative timbers and the american influence

Id say 50% of all guitars we make have Tasmanian Blackwood, either for the body or neck. For tops, other than figured blackwoods, there is little to choose from if we want something fancy and eye catching. Maybe figured Queensland Maple. The issue is for us: 1. Lack of suppliers 2. Lack of range 3. ...
by Ormsby Guitars
Tue Sep 08, 2015 4:38 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Guitar makers festival
Replies: 46
Views: 22047

Re: Guitar makers festival

None for sale unfortunately. All 16 will be fresh customs, loaned back from Melbournites.