It was a whirlwind 2 day trip to the World Instruments factory in South Korea. At the time of writing this we should have a shipping update from them regarding when the Run 2 guitars will be headed for Australia very soon. On top of clarifying final aspects of the run we have setup many great things for future runs, as well as our Korean pickup models that you can by individually in different colours and standard scale formats, and other secret things we can't disclose just yet!
SECRET RUN THREE STUFF: Chameleon colour change paints!!
Pick your favourite colour from these three options....
(note: I did photoshop the red/gold and gold/silver to be more realistic. It was very hard to get the true colours in a photo)
We will no longer be offering a service where we ship your guitar to someone else, because you sold it.
If you have already submitted the shipping form, then we will honour the deal we offered. No changes there.
If you havent submitted the form, too bad.
We tried. People didnt want to play fair. So we won't bother.
This only effects a couple people, so they can submit their outrage below. For everyone else, we have now stomped on yet another time wasting thingsmile emoticon
RUN THREE UPDATE: PLUS SOME OTHER STUFF
In around ten days, we will release Run Three. It might be a bit more, or maybe a bit less. But that's a rough timeline. I highly recommend you turn on notifications for this group, and/or sign on to the mailing list on the website to avoid missing out. It will be right around the time this group will get SMASHED with updates of NGD's, so will be a little hectic!
There will be THREE phases to Run Three:
1. Release of SX models (6, 7 strings only)
Colours: blue flame with binding, and 1-2 others.
2. Release of HypeGTR model (6, 7, and 8 string)
Satin finish on Swamp Ash
3. There will be a surprise of one more thing
Lefties: I will discuss with our lefty dealer how to go about this. IF, and I say IF, we do lefties, it will be for ONE model only. There is more chance we will skip lefties this time, than go ahead. You may need to prove you are keen with a deposit to show numbers. THERE ARE LEFTIES coming in run one and two as spares, so dont stress too much.
As manufacturing is now pretty much all caught up after the fiascos last year, lead times WILL be reduced. I have pre-ordered the entire of Run Three, and booked manufacturing space.
Run three will be split into two delivery dates. Half of the orders will be set for one date. The other half for a later date. It will ALL be very clear on release, and you will know exactly which half you are in.
Run One vouchers, can be used for this release. Details are on the voucher, which will be in your case/box. Do not stress if your voucher has not arrived by the time we release Run Three, just pay your deposit as per normal, and sign on to a plan as per normal, and we will credit the voucher against the final bill.
Mrs Ormsby has agreed to handle the plans, after seeing how many people requested we keep the lower cost per month plans in the last survey. We've worked on a solution to make admin stuff a bit easier. But, this will be a trial run. If the massive numbers of failed payments happen again ($35k for run two), we will reassess.
Numbers for run three will be limited. If people miss out, that is just too bad. Sorry! But, as usual, we will get some spares. However, Run Four will not be too far behind, approximately six weeks. Run Four will have a variety of HypeGTR models (3 most likely), and either a single Goliath or TX model. Then around July/August/Sept we release the "Shark SX", or the "Original Carved SX".
We are trying our hardest to get the best dealership network possible for you. We want you to be able to walk into a store and try a GTR, and buy it right there and then, if you like it. This is the end goal. But, not always do dealers rush into things, and to be honest, neither do we. We want the RIGHT stores, not just ANY stores. We are close to having some amazing deals done, but anything could fall over at any point. There will be a list of dealers you may pre-order from at the time of release for Run Three.
I just found the soundbytes for pickups last night! Lost for 18 months, they were on a disc I managed to find. I'll upload them soon. But, with GTR Run One just about to hit peoples doorsteps, Im guess these old soundbytes are obsolete frown emoticon
Matt has gone through and made some big changes to a lot of the pages, so go take a look.
That's enough for now.
UPDATE RUN ONE:
If it's not one things it's another....
We have started putting guitars in cases. Despite repeated assurances the case internals were as specified, one supplier has obviously changed specs and sent cases which do not fit the HyperGTR models.
The first samples we got were perfect. However, following orders are not. We are not going to send back 70 cases.
We will modify these to suit. This involves cutting some internal foam wall away, and carefully retrimming that area.
We will do the best job possible, but in some cases it may not have a factory appearance.
It will mean you lose the use of one compartment area.
If this is unsatisfactory to you, you'll need to email "orders atormsbyguitars.com" and request 'amendment - no case required - your full name' as the subject. You'll be credited for the case.
Run two has form fitted cases so we will not have to go through this bullshit again. There is no option available to wait for run two cases unfortunately.
UPDATE RUN ONE:
New back plates have arrived.
Lefties are printed wrong. We will sort that out and ship them at a later date to avoid delays.
We can FINALLY start shipping!!!!!
(If you do not have a shipping invoice from Paypal yet, it is because we are not ready to send one to you. Be patient. We will not leave any soldiers on the battlefield)
UPDATE RUN FIVE - GOLIATH:
Final hardware designs locked in. I got the final revisions this weekend. We are now way ahead of schedule (two months!).
Goliath pre-orders will be pushed forwards, although manufacturing is still set for sept/oct at this stage. Maybe this can move forwards too.
Micro FAQ - Let's see who reads it tongue emoticon
When will you start taking deposits? Soonish. We dont have a date.
How much? Due to hardware costs, they will be more than regular GTR's, but only by a small amount. Maybe we will delete the cases? We are estimating $70 USD more than a similar spec HypeGTR.
You should totally get gig bags, instead of cases, to save money!!??!! Yep, except gig bags totally cost more. We are working on stuff.
What finishes?? No idea yet. But, trust me. Im going to blow you away.
How accurate are the mockups? Close. Thanks go to Chris once again for absolutely killing it with the mockups. We've since changed the end of the neck/nostock area.
Will it have a zero fret? No, zero frets are stupid ideas, especially if you ever plan on ever doing vibrato or bends on any fret below the fifth (it will slide and make a twinking sound, and eventually wear and make the issue worse). It will have a regular nut, that can easily be serviced at any tech/store worldwide.
RUN ONE/TWO UPDATE - SPARES:
So, we are ripping through run one, and will be posting guitars out as soon as the replacement back plates arrive. Tracking suggested friday delivery, but it was good friday, so i guess its tuesday.
Cases have been arriving, and we have about 100 cases here. Another 100 still due.
So far we SHOULD have around 30-35 spares after dealers get a few extras, and we sort out the endorsees. Some spares have paint blemishes, eg: a sanding scratch, or we've knocked it and chipped the finish. These will be resprayed in unique finishes to see how people react to new colours etc. This will take some time. There are only 3 so far, so by the time we get through everything, maybe 6?
Run two, we ordered a lot more spares. We rolled over all funds from run one, into run two. Then, with the delays of run one, meant there were obviously delays with run two. So, I convinced WMI to let me add in some more.... and then some more... and some dealers bought lots, so we added more, and then all the sales at NAMM... add more... and then because i couldnt get up to korea until mid April, i was like "another 20 please?"
Originally we were in for 268 guitars for run two. I added 100 spares. And over time we've added an extra 120. So there will be LOTS of spares. In fact, run two has more spares than run one had in total. Reinvesting!
All the spares are the same spec as the rest, except around 100 guitars (walnut and quilt hypes) which have Alder instead of Swamp Ash. Everyone who pre-ordered one of those exotic top Hypes gets Swamp Ash.
Im not sure if we will pre-sell the Run Two spares, or wait until all of Run Two has shipped. Either way, people who buy spares wont get them any faster if we release them earlier, but i does mean we can reinvest that cashflow into Run 3/4/5. We will probably also hold on to a bunch (70-80?) guitars and keep them for the end of the year. That way we can "re-release" the Walnut and Quilt models, without having to go through the whole order process again.
Pics: These Walnut tops are spares, we got all spares made with Alder bodies instead of Swamp Ash.
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