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Elmer Guitar

Post by Saint » Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:40 am

Wondering if anyone has any feedback regarding these guys https://elmerguitar.com. I know they're a Chinese company and that their prices are attractive. Acknowledging that you get what you pay for, I have had good experiences with the quality and response time from McJing and Yinfente and wonder whether these guys might be in that 'pretty good Chinese build quality' basket. I'm not a professional luthier so cost is always a factor.
Thanks in advance for any feedback.
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Re: Elmer Guitar

Post by kiwigeo » Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:54 am

I generally don't deal with companies who only allow contact via email or a message lodged via their website. I prefer a phone number so I can physically talk to someone. The site is Chinese so add in possible language difficulties while resolving any disputes. My opinion only of course.
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Re: Elmer Guitar

Post by Steve.Toscano » Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:17 am

While i don't know of this company in particular.
I've had students rock up to my workshop with their own various Chinese jigs etc. When comparing the likes of the dremel base & circle/rosette cutter, the binding channel system, the fret slotting mitre box, and crowning files, we generally cannot determine any functional difference between the chinese unit and my stewmac unit.
In fact i happen to own both the stewmac rosette and dremel base, and the equivalent chinese one and i swear the only difference is the stewmac logo.

Keep in mind that most the stewmac branded jigs and tools are made in china, so some of these knock off units would be coming off the same factory line (prior to logos and branding being stamped).

In saying that i've learnt to stay far far away from chinese measuring and straight edge tools.
And the core woodworking tools (planes/chisels/saws etc.) with the exception of the odd few are no good and should be avoided.

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Re: Elmer Guitar

Post by Saint » Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:29 pm

Thanks Steve and Martin, I appreciate your advice. Thought I might test their responsiveness via their online form. They got back to me in a couple of hours which is better than some local providers. If I decide to make a purchase, and the quality is comparable to the SM offerings, I'll give ANZLF some feedback. They may well be the SM manufacturer!!
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Re: Elmer Guitar

Post by Lillian » Mon Oct 28, 2019 2:55 am

Oliver, I have made a few of purchases from Elmers over the past 7 ~ 8 months and I am quite pleased with what they sent, especially for what they charged. All but one of the purchases came from China, but the shipping time wasn't bad. They got it in the mail quickly, it was US Customs took the bulk of the time.

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