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Ormsby Standard Series - All the facts, specifications, and vibe for our Standard Series guitars

Want an Ormsby without the stress of a custom order?

Firstly, let's explain a few things:
Perry got into the guitar making business, purely for the love of it. The unique designs and ideas you see on our CustomShop models have inspired many guitarists to want one of their own. Custom made instruments are the heart and soul of what we do. But, to order a custom made instrument, you have to have a good idea what you want, a dream, and be very very patient while it is built. Some people just can't do that, or simply don't need the fancy inlays, the stress of choosing woods and pickups, etc etc.
Some just want a great guitar, right here, right now.

Enter the Standard Series.

The Standard Series was originally released in 2006, and before we knew it, they were all being built as CustomShop orders. We had to end production, because the Standards were often just as custom as a CustomShop guitar! We made the mistake of offering way too many options, because we could, but that just led to too much confusion. People wanted something easy, simple, and ready to rock. Fast forward to 2009, and we revisited the idea. A strict list of ideas and parts were drawn up, and we got to work on a handful of prototypes.

What we ended up with, are a range of guitars to suit most players, with enough options to ensure your guitar is still unique. Let's take a look at what we came up with:


Standard Series Model Index

     

For those of you looking for a vintage vibe, we have the DC. The rockers and heavy crowd have the SX, and SX Multiscales are for those who want the future of guitar playing, right here, right now. Let's take a look at those guitars, in more detail:

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DC Series

The DC Standard Series is based on one of our more popular shapes. It has the vintage vibe, and uses Australian woods (Tasmanian Blackwood) for the neck and body, with a glued in (set neck) neck joint. Pickups are the popular Hot Rock (bridge) and Old School + (neck) pickups, but you can choose any of the Handwound Humbucker pickups we make at no extra cost. The Artist Package includes an Ebony fretboard with Abalone inlays, and a nice Flame Maple top, stained or sunburst in your choice of colour. The Artist Package also features a full gloss lacquer on the front, with a "Gunstock' Oil Finish for the neck, back and sides.

DC Standard

Body: Tasmanian Blackwood
Neck: Three piece Tasmanian Blackwood with two way truss rod
Neck Joint: Set Neck (glued)
Neck Shape: "Vintage round". 43mm width at nut.
Nut: Bone
Inlay: Mother of Pearl dots, centrally located
Headstock: "Scoop", 3 per side tilt back
Fretboard: Indian Rosewood
Scale Length: 25.5"
Fretwire: Nickel Silver Jumbo
Finish: Gunstock Oiled
Pickups: Old School + neck, Hot Rock bridge
Electronics: 1 x Volume (500k) and 1 x push/pull Tone (500k) with coil split, and Switchcraft three way selector switch. User adjustable treble bleed circuit on volume pot, and Orange Drop capacitor. Chrome knurled knobs.
Bridge: "Pigtail" Aluminium stop tail
Machineheads: Gotoh

Options available:
Full gloss finish +$450

Price:
$2390 inc. GST (Australian Dollars)
International orders are GST exempt (Goods and Services Tax)


Guitar as shown above would be $2390
 
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DC Artist

Body: Tasmanian Blackwood with Flame Maple
Neck: Three piece Tasmanian Blackwood with two way truss rod
Neck Joint: Set Neck (glued)
Neck Shape: "Vintage round". 43mm width at nut.
Nut: Bone
Inlay: Paua Abalone dots, centrally located
Headstock: "Scoop", 3 per side tilt back
Fretboard: African Ebony
Scale Length: 25.5"
Fretwire: Nickel Silver Jumbo
Finish: Gunstock Oiled
Pickups: Old School + neck, Hot Rock bridge
Electronics: 1 x Volume (500k) and 1 x push/pull Tone (500k) with coil split, and Switchcraft three way selector switch. User adjustable treble bleed circuit on volume pot, and Orange Drop capacitor. Chrome knurled knobs.
Bridge: "Pigtail" Aluminium stop tail
Machineheads: Gotoh

Options available:
Full gloss finish +$350

Price:
$2740 inc. GST (Australian Dollars)
International orders are GST exempt (Goods and Services Tax)


Guitar as shown above would be $2740




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SX Series

The SX Standard Series is our 'go to' rock and roll weapon. Sleek, and perfectly balanced, it caters for the player with a more modern taste. We make the body using US Alder, and bolt on a Rock Maple neck with an Indian Rosewood fretboard. Necks feature a glossed Ebony headstock veneer, with our silky smooth 'Gunstock' Oiled Finish.
A wide range of full gloss colours, including solids, metallic, and pearls offer you that personal touch. Upgrades include a Swamp Ash body, Exotic veneers, and genuine Original Floyd Rose tremolo bridges.
We fit our most popular pickup, the Nunchucker, in the bridge, and the Old School + model in the neck. Coil splitting via the tone control is standard.

SX Standard

Body: Alder
Neck: Rock Maple
Neck Joint: Bolt-on
Neck Shape: "D" shape - 20.3mm at 1st, 22.5mm at 15th. 43mm width at nut.
Nut: Bone
Inlay: Mother of Pearl, offset to bass side
Headstock: Ebony veneered 6 in line tilt back. "Blade" shape.
Fretboard: Indian Rosewood
Scale Length: 25.5"
Fretwire: Nickel Silver Jumbo
Finish: Gloss lacquer body and headstock, with "Gunstock" oiled neck for speed.
Pickups: Old School + neck, Nunchucker Alnico 5 bridge
Electronics: 1 x Volume (500k) and 1 x push/pull Tone (500k) with coil split, and Switchcraft three way selector switch. User adjustable treble bleed circuit on volume pot, and Orange Drop capacitor. Chrome knurled knobs.
Bridge: Ormsby custom fixed bridge, brass construction with stainless steel saddles
Machineheads: Gotoh

Options available:
Body Option: Swamp Ash $100, Tasmanian Blackwood $n/c
Exotic top: (includes Flame Maple, Myrtle, Bubinga, Birdseye Maple, Quilt Maple) +$100
Your choice of solid, metallic or pearl colours for Gloss finish: $n/c
Hardware Colour: Chrome/Black $n/c, Gold +$80

Price:
$2390 inc. GST
(Australian Dollars)
International orders are GST exempt (Goods and Services Tax)


Optional gold hardware shown
Guitar as shown above would be $2390 + $80 for Gold hardware upgrade

 



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SX Floyd Rose

Body: Alder
Neck: Rock Maple
Neck Joint: Bolt-on
Neck Shape: "D" shape - 20.3mm at 1st, 22.5mm at 15th. 43mm width at nut.
Nut: Floyd Rose nut, R4
Inlay: Mother of Pearl, offset to bass side
Headstock: Ebony veneered 6 in line tilt back. "Blade" shape.
Fretboard: Indian Rosewood
Scale Length: 25.5"
Fretwire: Nickel Silver Jumbo
Finish: Gloss lacquer body and headstock, with "Gunstock" oiled neck for speed.
Pickups: Old School + neck, Nunchucker Alnico 5 bridge
Electronics: 1 x Volume (500k) and 1 x push/pull Tone (500k) with coil split, and Switchcraft three way selector switch. User adjustable treble bleed circuit on volume pot, and Orange Drop capacitor. Chrome knurled knobs.
Bridge: Genuine Floyd Rose
Machineheads: Gotoh

Options available:
Body Option: Swamp Ash $100, Tasmanian Blackwood $n/c
Exotic top: (includes Flame Maple, Myrtle, Bubinga, Birdseye Maple, Quilt Maple) +$100
Your choice of solid, metallic or pearl colours for Gloss finish: $n/c
Hardware Colour: Chrome/Black $n/c, Gold +$80

Price:
$2540 inc. GST
(Australian Dollars)
International orders are GST exempt (Goods and Services Tax)


Optional Exotic Top upgrade shown
Guitar as shown above would be $2640 ($2540+ $100 for Exotic Top upgrade)

 



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SX Multiscale

This is the future of guitars, right here, right now. Multiscale guitars use a "fanned" fret layout giving you an extended scale on the base side, for a bigger, fatter baritone like bottom end. The treble side is based on a 25.5" scale, giving you ease of playing. The "fanned" layout matched the natural arc of your forearm, and you'll notice less forearm tendon stretch whilst playing. It might look harder to play, but the most common response within the first few minutes of playing a Multiscale for the first time is always "Wow, it really is easy to get used to!".
US Alder body is the standard timber we use, but a no cost option of Tasmanian Blackwood is also available. We bolt on a Rock Maple neck, with an African Ebony fretboard fitted with Jumbo Nickel-Silver fretwire.
A modified Nunchucker A8 pickup is standard in the bridge, with an Old School + single coil in the neck, both connected to a single volume control with user adjustable treble bleed circuit, a three way selector switch, and a push/pull (coil split) tone control with an Orange Drop capacitor.

SX Multiscale

Body: Alder
Neck: Rock Maple
Neck Joint: Bolt-on
Neck Shape: "D" shape - 20.3mm at 1st, 22.5mm at 15th. 43mm width at nut.
Nut: Bone
Inlay: Mother of Pearl, offset to bass side
Headstock: Ebony veneered 6 in line tilt back. Reverse "Blade" shape.
Fretboard: African Ebony
Scale Length: 27.5" - 25.5" 'Fanned' fret layout
Fretwire: Nickel Silver Jumbo
Finish: Gloss lacquer body and headstock, with "Gunstock" oiled neck for speed.
Pickups: Old School + neck (single coil), Nunchucker Alnico 8 bridge (humbucker)
Electronics: 1 x Volume (500k) and 1 x push/pull Tone (500k) with coil split, and Switchcraft three way selector switch. User adjustable treble bleed circuit on volume pot, and Orange Drop capacitor. Chrome knurled knobs.
Bridge: Ormsby Custom individual bridge saddles
Machineheads: Gotoh

Options available:
Body Option: Swamp Ash $100, Tasmanian Blackwood $n/c
Exotic top: (includes Flame Maple, Myrtle, Bubinga, Birdseye Maple, Quilt Maple) +$100
Your choice of solid, metallic or pearl colours for Gloss finish: $n/c
Oiled finish: Tasmanian Blackwood body and "Gunstock" oiled body, neck and headstock -$150
Hardware Colour: Chrome/Black $n/c, Gold +$80

Price:
$2990 inc. GST
(Australian Dollars)
International orders are GST exempt (Goods and Services Tax)


Optional "Gunstock" Oiled Finish shown
Guitar as shown above would be $2840 ($2990 less $150 for "Gunstock" Oiled Finish option)

 



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Quick Glance Model Comparison

DC Standard DC Artist SX Standard SX Floyd Rose SX Multiscale
Body T/Blackwood T/Blackwood Alder Alder Alder
Body Construction Two piece centre joined Two piece centre joined Two piece centre joined Two piece centre joined Two piece centre joined
Body Top N/A Flame Maple bookmatched see options see options see options
Neck T/Blackwood T/Blackwood Maple Maple Maple
Neck Construction 3 piece Laminated 3 piece Laminated Single piece with scarf joint Single piece with scarf joint Single piece with scarf joint
F/board Indian R/wood Ebony Indian R/wood Indian R/wood Ebony
Inlay White Pearl Abalone White Pearl White Pearl White Pearl
Inlay position Dots, central Dots, central Dots, offset Dots, offset Dots, offset
Nut Bone Bone Bone Floyd Rose R4 Bone
Fretwire Jumbo Nickel Silver Jumbo Nickel Silver Jumbo Nickel Silver Jumbo Nickel Silver Jumbo Nickel Silver
Bridge Fixed Fixed Fixed (Ormsby Custom) Original Floyd Rose Individual (Ormsby Custom)
Neck Pickup Old School + A2 (humbucker) Old School + A2 (humbucker) Old School + A2 (humbucker) Old School + A2 (humbucker) Old School + A5 (single coil)
Bridge Pickup Hot Rock (humbucker) Hot Rock (humbucker) Nunchucker A5 (humbucker) Nunchucker A5 (humbucker) Nunchucker A8(humbucker)
Volume Control 500k Audio Taper, with user adjustable treble bleed circuit 500k Audio Taper, with user adjustable treble bleed circuit 500k Audio Taper, with user adjustable treble bleed circuit 500k Audio Taper, with user adjustable treble bleed circuit 500k Audio Taper, with user adjustable treble bleed circuit
Tone Control 500k Linear Taper push/pull with Orange Drop capacitor 500k Linear Taper push/pull with Orange Drop capacitor 500k Linear Taper push/pull with Orange Drop capacitor 500k Linear Taper push/pull with Orange Drop capacitor 500k Linear Taper push/pull with Orange Drop capacitor
Switch Switchcraft brand 3 way Switchcraft brand 3 way Switchcraft brand 3 way Switchcraft brand 3 way Switchcraft brand 3 way
Neck Joint Glued Glued Bolt-on Bolt-on Bolt-on
Neck Shape Vintage round Vintage round D' Modern (20.3mm-22mm) D' Modern (20.3mm-22mm) D' Modern (20.3mm-22mm)
Headstock 3 per side 3 per side 6 in line 6 in line 6 in line (reversed)
Headstock Veneer
Ebony Ebony Ebony
Scale Length 25.5" (648mm) 25.5" (648mm) 25.5" (648mm) 25.5" (648mm) 27.5"-25.5" (698-648mm)
Pricing $2390 $2740 $2390 $2540 $2990
Options: Exotic Top
Flame Maple standard Exotic Veneer $100 Exotic Veneer $100

Exotic Veneer $100

Options: Floyd Rose
Options: "Gunstock" Oiled Finish Standard Standard on back and neck only
Options: Gloss Finish $450 Gloss front as standard. Optional full body and neck gloss $350 Included Included Included
Options: Gold Hardware
Options: Hardware Colour Chrome only Chrome only Chrome or Black @ $n/c Chrome or Black @ $n/c Chrome or Black @ $n/c
Options: Body Woods
Swamp Ash $100
Tasmanian Blackwood $n/c
Swamp Ash $100
Tasmanian Blackwood $n/c
Swamp Ash $100
Tasmanian Blackwood $n/c

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Timbers:
We source the entire globe looking for only the best timbers. Standard Series guitars are built using a limited number of timbers, to keep the costs down, and ease of manufacture.

Timber Characteristics:
Bodies
Tasmanian Blackwood:
Very Honduran Mahogany like, but with slightly more pronounced and cleaner mids, and a tighter bottom end. We definitely feel that Tasmanian Blackwood is an upgrade over Mahogany. It is however slightly heavier, but most guitars that feature Mahogany (eg: Les Paul) are quite thick, and therefore heavy anyway. The grain is often quite interesting looking, with vivid grain and variation between the growth rings.

US Alder (Alnus rubra): Light weight and well known for its very balanced tone spectrum. The natural colour is light tan, and does not feature any real distinctive grain patterns. Unfortunately, it doesn't accept stain too well, so Alder is generally covered with a veneer, or a solid or metallic paint.

Swamp Ash (Fraxinus Americana): Light weight and featuring a beautiful creamy grain with distinctive grain lines, Swamp Ash is a nice timber which has been extensively used by Fender for Telecasters and Stratocasters for good reason. It has a great balanced tone, very similar to Alder, but with a little more 'spank'.

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Necks
Rock Maple (Acer Saccharum):
Very hard and dense timber extensively used in neck construction. Nice closed grain which is perfect for our 'Gunstock' Oiled Finishes. The colour is a light creamy tone. Sonically, Maple is bright with a bit of bite and a long sustain.

Tasmanian Blackwood: Very Honduran Mahogany like, but with slightly more pronounced and cleaner mids, and a tighter bottom end. We definitely feel that Tasmanian Blackwood is an upgrade over Mahogany. It is however slightly heavier, but most guitars that feature Mahogany (eg: Les Paul) are quite thick, and therefore heavy anyway. The grain is often quite interesting looking, with vivid grain and variation between the growth rings. For our Standard Series, we use a three piece laminated construction to ensure rigidity.

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Fretboards
Indian Rosewood (Dalbergia Latifolia):
Beautiful rich brown colouring with nice even grain lines due to being quarter sawn cut. Warm tone, with a creamy top end. Rosewood is an industry standard, for good reason.

African Ebony (Dispyrus Melanoxylon): Very hard and dense timber with a closed grain which feels very smooth. We try to source only the blackest of Ebony, but it is getting harder and harder to find due to the extremely slow growth and small diameter of Ebony trees. Bright sustaining tone.

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Electronics:
The Standard Series models have a common electronics control layout: One Volume, one tone, a three way pickup selector switch and coil splitting.
The volume and tone controls are both 500k potentiometers (audio for the volume, linear for the tone), and we use an 'Orange Drop' capacitor for the tone control. The volume control is unique in our Standard Series guitars, in that it has a user adjustable treble bleed roll off circuit attached. Normally, as you roll back the volume on an electric guitar, you lose a lot of treble frequencies, and the tone tends to get a little muddy. One way to rectify this is to add a capacitor and resistor to the volume pot. As the volume is rolled back, the treble doesn't drop out, giving you a clean, clear signal to your amp. We've gone one step further, and as far as we are aware, it's a world first. We use an adjustable resistor and capacitor circuit, so you can dial in the exact amount of treble bleed to suit YOUR amp, and YOUR preferred tone.
Coil splitting (also known as coil tap) is achieved by simply pulling up on the tone knob. This shorts out one half of the selected humbucking pickup, giving single coil style tones.

Pickups:
We hand wind the pickups fitted to our Standard Series guitars, right here in the factory. Each pickup selected has its own 'recipe' of winding pattern/tension, magnet type, pole piece alloy, and DC resistance to achieve the sound we desire. When winding the pickups, each of the two coils in our humbuckers are mismatched. This means the output is slightly different from each coil, whilst still maintaining full humbucker capabilities. This adds a more natural open sound, as the tone from each coil is a little different. We use a variety of different magnet wire (42, 43 and 44awg) coated with various different types of insulation including Formvar and Poly, in numerous different build thicknesses. Take a look at our pickup page for more.

The DC series has more of a vintage rock and blues flavour, and the SX series are for those who are looking for a rock, punk and metal tone. Let's take a look at these pickups a little closer:

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Old School +
- DC and DC Artist (neck), SX and SX Floyd (neck)
Output level:hothot 8.0k neck
Magnet options: AlNiCo 2
Position: Neck (49mm)

Description: Sweet singing lead tones, and clean rhythm tones. Alnico 2 magnet fitted for creamy liquid solo tones. We based this pickup on the old style PAF's by Gibson. Tonal comparison is similar to '59, Pearly Gates, Alnico II Pro by Seymour Duncan.

AlNiCo 2 Neck - Clean speaker Neck - Vintage Dirty speaker Neck - Moderate Gain speaker Neck - Modern High Gain speaker

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Hot Rock - DC and DC Artist (bridge)
Output level:hothothothot 13.4k
Magnet options: AlNiCo 5, Ceramic
Spacing options: Fixed Bridge (50mm), Tremolo Bridge (53mm)

Description: A moderate to high output humbucker designed for blues, rock, punk and metal styles. Over wound mismatched coils provide a driving tone to excite the front end of your amplifier. Nice mid range with the Alnico 5, but choose the ceramic magnet for more bass and treble
. This one is a little brighter, so suits the Tasmanian Blacwood DC models perfectly.

AlNiCo 5 Bridge - Clean speaker Bridge - Vintage Dirty speaker Bridge - Moderate Gain speaker Bridge - Modern High Gain speaker

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Nunchucker Humbucker - SX, SX Floyd and SX Multiscale (bridge)
Output level:hothothot 9.3k
Magnet options: AlNiCo 5 (SX and SX Floyd), Alnico 8 (SX Multiscale)
Position: Bridge

Description: A moderate output humbucker designed for blues, rock, punk and metal. The output is low enough to retain clarity, but hot enough to drive your amplifier. We use steel adjustable slugs for a tiny bit more bite. Our most popular bridge pickup for rock, hard rock, and metal styles. Big, tight bottom end with a creamy top end. We prefer the Alnico 5 magnet for the SX and SX Floyd, and the Alnico 8 for the Multiscales. Alnico 8 magnet has slightly more mids, even tighter bottom end, and overall more output (but same DC resistance reading). DO NOT let the lower DC resistance figure fool you into thinking this pickup won't rock your amp. This pickup is our biggest selling pickup for good reason.

AlNiCo 5 Bridge - Clean speaker Bridge - Vintage Dirty speaker Bridge - Moderate Gain speaker Bridge - Modern High Gain speaker

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Old School + - SX Multiscale (neck)
Output level:hothot 6.4k neck
Magnet options: AlNiCo 5
Description: Scatterwound Single Coil pickup. Sweet singing lead tones with great clean rhythm tones. Based on the mid sixties pickups from Leo Fender. We prefer these pickups with Alnico 5 magnets.

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Hardware:
We use only the best hardware for the Standard Series, just like the parts used for our CustomShop guitars.

Machineheads: are Gotoh brand, 16:1 ratio sealed with the Schaller style buttons. DC models feature the full sized tuners, in a 3+3 style arrangement. SX and SX Floyd models have standard left side mini-tuners, and SX Multiscale utilise a reversed headstock also with the mini-tuners.

Bridges: For the DC models, we fit a lightweight aluminium Pigtail brand tailpiece with steel adjustable saddles. The strings install at the front, two Allen screws adjust the overall bridge angle, and the saddles have individual intonation screws. It's a neat, compact, and very user-friendly tailpiece. String spacing is 2-1/16" or 52mm.
The SX Standard is fitted with our own hardtail style bridge, made from a brass alloy. It uses 'one tool' functionality - one Allen key adjusts the height, tilt, string spacing and intonation for each saddle. Saddle blocks use a cam system to lock them into position. Saddles are notched for string seating, and are totally removable if wear becomes an issue.
SX Floyd Rose models are fitted with a genuine (not licensed copy) Floyd Rose Original. We rout the recess into the body top for full floating operation.
SX Multiscale guitars use our individual string bridge setup. These are constructed from plated (chrome, black or gold) brass. The string slots into a recess at the back, and adjustments are made using 'one tool' functionality - one Allen key adjusts the height, tilt, string spacing and intonation for each saddle. Saddle blocks use a cam system to lock them into position. Saddles are notched for string seating, and are totally removable if wear becomes an issue.

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Warranty:
We offer the original manufacturer's warranty on any premade parts (for example, bridges, or machineheads - usually a year), and a two year warranty against faulty workmanship for anything we've made (including the neck, fretwork, body, pickups, our custom bridges, etc).
During the first year, you are entitled to one full premium setup (Usually $99), at zero cost to you. There are two conditions on this free setup: You must supply the strings, and you must deliver the guitar to us. At ANY time, you are also entitled to UNLIMITED truss rod adjustments.
For those not located close to our factory, note that we do travel throughout Australia every year, and visit the USA every 12-18 months. During these trips, we offer our servicing at reduced cost. You are the faces of our products; it's the least we can do.

Purchasing:
We are currently looking for dealers throughout Australia and New Zealand to carry our range of guitars. If there is a dealer in your state, you must purchase your Standard Series through these authorised dealers. They can order your new guitar to your specifications, and we will ship it to them as soon as it's built.
If there isn't a local store, we can deal direct with you at no additional cost. If you know of a store that might be suited to partnering with Ormsby Guitars, please let us know.

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