Production of Run 3 guitars is underway with out new exotic SX models and Hype GTR natural. I will be heading to Korea very soon for inspection and planning some other new goodies for the future!
Thank you to everyone who has filled out their shipping details. We are off to a blistering start with run 2!
QC is much faster than run 1 due to the changes we had World make at their end (modded nuts, fret leveling, extra coat of clear etc.) and with the addition of cases and shipping boxes already included from the factory, we are able to ship them to you much easier. Below are just some of our snaps of new models. Mat will be coming to Perth in a week's time to take pro shots of all the new models.
Run 2 folk, your day has come! The shipment has arrived! We've done a live unveiling in the GTR group.
Thank you to those who have filled out shipping forms already that have been sent out to emails. We have begun invoicing people but this will take several weeks to complete so don't stress if you've not received your notification yet. If you didn't get your form for shipping, please check your spam folder or just hold tight, we know who hasn't responded.
The container is due to arrive in Australia in the next few days, and from there we have to wait for quarantine, customs, etc. Starting tomorrow, we will be invoicing people for their final bill inc shipping. This will START tomorrow, and could take a few weeks. Your invoice has no bearing on when your guitar will ship. We will still prioritise the plans that had priority...
A number of people have not submitted their shipping forms, but we will chase them up this week. If you didnt get the email a couple weeks ago, check your spam folder, or just hold tight... we know who hasnt responded.
FCL(40ft) ETD : 13th of May, 2016 ETA : 2nd of June, 2016
In the next few days you'll all get emails regarding your shipping address.
This is being done as one large batch of emails that have no bearing on the shipping priority.
Once we have your forms back, we will then pre-enter your details into dhl and tnt's databases, ready for when your guitar is ready to ship.
We are doing this a month before the first guitars ship.
Run two should be less time to process each guitar (than run one), but it is also a bigger order.
At some point prior to shipping, with zero bearing on shipping priority, you'll be invoiced for final payments (if due), plus shipping (if due), plus setup upgrade (if requested), plus merchandise pack (if requested).
So, you may get your shipping address request email, plus your shipping etc invoice, more than one month prior to actual shipping. You might get them a few days before. These are all sent in alphabetical order.
Actual shipping will be done in the order of priority (based on your payment plan) as best as possible.
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.