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2014 Design Concepts:
Introducing the Model ~X~ Headless for 6,7 & 8 string guitars!
Instruments in the works
New instruments in the works!
2011 seems to be mostly about exotic maple burl
The final 2 instruments will most likely be completed by summer 2012.
Check back to my gallery page from time to time to see what has been completed.
The Custom Shop has been reopened for limited production!
I am now accepting a limited run per year of Custom Shop based instrument orders...
I have also decided to offer a few new (and less expensive) "standard options" (included in the base price), such as:
linseed oil finishes (as an alternative to the highly labor intensive hand-rubbed polymerized tung oil finish)
Also, the necks are now offered "standard" as 1 piece with no carbon fiber (Carbon fiber ) reinforcement, rather then my usual 5 piece laminated headstocks with full reinforcement throughout the neck and headstock.
Even the TK logo now comes standard as either Black or Gold, rather then the optional laser cut and inlaid metal flake or crushed stone TK logo seen on the "signature series" instruments...
Counter sunk strap locks are no longer a standard option and neither are body wood mounted pickups.
ALL of these very cool options are still available of course, but are no longer standards (included features in the base price)...
This way I can now offer a very nice instrument at a much lower cost, for those who have a budget like mine! ;-)
In gearing up for production I designed a very cool neck jig that serves 2 very important purposes.
1st: It allows me to accurately rough mill the backs of necks with my trademark "asymmetrical neck shape"...
Back when I was doing custom work, this job was pretty much freehanded, and rather hazardous to both the necks health as well as my own mental health! ;-)
2nd: This jig also allows me to clamp up & glue fingerboards with only 2 clamps (verses about 16 clamps before!)
so this new jig really saves a lot of time, as well as makes things more accurate and safer.
Here (below) is my now fully loaded storage shelf that contains most of the processed, and yet to be processed woods just waiting to sing!
As you can see I have quite a bit of work accomplished here; lots of tops, bodies, necks etc.
Here are several necks being milled for Carbon fiber and truss rods
A close-up view of the milled necks