It’s back to the Futura at Winter NAMM 2018
After a massive reception from its launch at Winter NAMM 2017, the Futura custom shop is back. Focusing on some of the Ormsby team’s favourite tonewoods this multiscale 6 string is made with a swamp ash body and black limba top. A 5-piece black limba and Tasmanian blackwood bolt-on neck paired with an ebony fretboard completes the tonewood configuration of this Futura. As with all our custom shop instruments at NAMM, hand wound Ormsby pickups provide the player with a wide variety of tonal options.
10 years after the original SX 8 string multiscale, the legend lives on.
A tribute to the decade of multiscale at Ormsby Guitars
As part of Ormsby Guitars’ celebrations for ‘A Decade of Multiscale’ this sterling piece was created in the Australian custom shop, paying tribute to the original SX8 Multiscale from 2008.
Featuring a full-thickness figured maple top in purple berry finish, we went all-out and matched it with a purple pearl finish over the chambered Tasmanian blackwood body. A 1-piece figured maple neck with deep access contour provides unhindered fret access to all 29 stainless steel frets. An ivoroid bound ebony fretboard with Z-pattern abalone inlays completes the tonewoods on this custom along with custom hand wound Ormsby pickups.
Be sure to keep an eye out as we ramp up our celebrations with A Decade of Multiscale.
Ormsby Guitars Custom Shop Exhibition Battle-worn metal combatant Multiscale Guitar - namm 2018 special
There’s more than meets the eye with Ormsby Guitars’ battle-worn custom shop Metal 6 string multiscale.
When all hell’s breaking loose, reach for this guitar
Born from chaos and powered by an imploding star, this battle-worn ‘metal’ model from the Ormsby custom shop is every 80s-kid’s dream. Crafted around a 6 string Mulitscale bolt-on construction, this guitar has endured galactic warfare and has lived to tell its tales. Utilizing numerous relicing techniques and custom electronics, this guitar is a true testament to master luthier Perry Ormsby's broad skill-set and creativity.
BATTLE-WORN METAL COMBATANT custom highlights include:
Australian Custom Shop factory direct only pricing on inquiry.
Ormsby Guitars Presents The Goliath GTR Headless Multiscale - Compact Playing And Ergonomics Without Compromising Style
The Goliath GTR is built for the modern guitarist who wants a road and studio worthy instrument loaded with features. Most notably, it has a headless design that reduces the weight and length of the guitar, making it perfect for traveling with, and is complemented with body contours that flow naturally with however you play.
Further underpinning these modern elements is our Multiscale fret system as standard for improved ergonomics and intonation, and a chambered body that adds a pleasant upper mid-range, weight relief, and acoustic resonance.
The Goliath GTR is available in a wide range of colours and finishes, including our highly sought after copper top look, colour shift paints, and numerous exotic woods. As with all Ormsby GTR range guitars it’s made with custom Hipshot USA hardware and Ormsby pickups, and comes standard with a high quality fitted travel bag.
No matter your style or genre the Goliath GTR has the tones and playability you desire.
Goliath GTR highlights include:
Street prices starting from:
$1295 USD 6 string
$1345 USD 7 string
$1399 USD 8 string
Contact an Ormsby Dealer today!
Ormsby Guitars Presents The 'Scarab' Custom Shop Multiscale Guitar - Merging Traditional Style With Contemporary Ergonomics
Ormsby Guitars has returned to its roots with a modern take on the carved top single-cut style guitar. Featuring a stunning recurved top and deep belly carve, the Scarab has curves in all the right places.
A new semi-multiscale fret arrangement has been adapted for this model, allowing for more natural ergonomics, and greater tone through increased and more even string tension, as well as allowing traditional hardware like floating tremolo systems to be used without compromise.
Designed for players of all genres, the Scarab will renew your creative passion.
Scarab custom shop highlights include:
Run 4 Goliath update:
Neck laminations were cut last week. They were being glued today.
Fretboards are scheduled in nine days, after another company changed specifications on their fretboards. Standard scale fret slots are generally cut with a gang saw: all slots cut in one go, about 3 seconds per fretboard. Ours are cut on Cnc to facilitate a blind fret slot (the channel for the fret slot finishes 2mm short of the fretboard edge, its a channel, not a slot). Blind fret slots on a Cnc take about 11 minutes. This other companies change of specs have pushed back all jobs that go through the fretboard Cnc's, which are reserved purely for inlays that aren't dots (dots are done differently), and blind fret slots.
Body samples were made a few weeks ago to check the Hipshot bridges, confirmed, and feedback given to Hipshot. I used this period to suggest a small design change that speeds up manufacturing, but also ties the headless bridges aesthetically to the hardtail multiscale bridges we do. Bridges are scheduled to arrive as finishing (lacquer) of necks and bodies start.
Gig bags are in production right now. Scheduled to arrive in Korea as bodies and necks are sprayed.
Either late this week or early next week, everyone who chose plan 1, will get their shipping form email. This email instructs you how to confirm your shipping address and any setups requests, merch, etc. We are going to trial a pickup upgrade for plan 1 subscribers, and depending on the volume of people who do choose a pickup upgrade, we will roll this out to plans 2/3/4/spares list. If we do decide the volumes of upgrades are too high, only repeat clients in plans 2/3/4 will be offered the pickup upgrade. What is too much? More than one full day per week. Eg; we are adding saturdays to the QC schedule to allow pickup upgrades, and if more than one in four people choose to upgrade, then we say 'no more'. Setups to your spec of strings are timings will be offered to everyone.
About a week or two after plan 1 clients get their shipping form email, plan 2, then 3+4 people will get theirs. The form you get can be filled in immediately, but you won't be billed for anything until the guitars are ready to ship from Korea to Australia. We will email again prior to billing anyone.
If you ordered via a store in the U.K. or Europe, your guitars are shipping direct from Korea to the local distributors, then to your store. Jett and I are doing final QC in the factory in Korea to save transit times.
Great news! We have a date for production of Run 4, followed by other outstanding runs as well.
Run 4 has a production commencement date of October 31st, which is just over 8 weeks away. We did get a date last week but I wasn't happy with it (end of November, and even that was pushing us before most brands effected by the CITES thing). WMI have pushed other brands back to bring us forward.
I'm sure they will start earlier than this. But that's the date they've agreed to.
Jett and I will visit the factory to start QC as guitars are assembled. This means we will save time when guitars arrive here in Australia. We are currently in talks with DHL to see if we can ship direct from Korea to a number of clients to save even more time. I'm not promising this. But it's an option we are trying to make work.
Basses will be built with run 4.
Run 5 will be started to ensure completion is four weeks after run 4. Run 6 a month after, but we are trying to get them built at the same time. It might work that run 5 and 6 SPARES are built last, to bring run 6 per-orders forward.
Stay tuned for further updates!
RUN 4 UPDATE: (inc BASSGTR, and flow on of all other runs)
All pending containers held up by CITES have been released.
Scheduling of the production will happen over the next week, taking into consideration all companies effected. Scheduling requires many factors to be taken into consideration, which is why an exact date isnt available right this very minute.
FINALLY, we move forward.
Now that we are moving forward, we can release the spares we have available, due to refunds over the last few weeks/months. Email orders at ormsbyguitars.com to secure a Goliath. All colours are available, but some are limited in numbers more than others.
In case you have not heard or read elsewhere, regulations came into effect worldwide on January 2 of this year that now requires documentation when shipping instruments internationally that contain rosewood and some types of bubinga. That’s nearly 300 species of rosewood now under similar regulation as the highly coveted Brazilian Rosewood. The negative impact on the international guitar industry so far has been tremendous and I encourage you to first read this article by Brian T. Majeski for some informative insight into this poorly implemented new regulation. To quote part of the article “…regulations for rosewood that were rushed into place January 1 after just 90 days of deliberation. Prompted by the surging Chinese demand for rosewood furniture, the new rules are intended to put a brake on indiscriminate logging, which appears to be threatening the health of the world's rosewood forests. Yet based on the breakneck pace of implementation, it would appear that the authors made little effort to weigh the benefits of conservation against the costs the new rules would impose. “
It is rumoured that the team who researched rosewood usage prior to bringing in these changes, did not know or take into account rosewood usage in musical instruments and how integral it is to the industry, as this restriction was designed to target the burgeoning rosewood furniture market in China. We and everyone else are stuck with these demands that were forced on us with no consultation. Never in CITES history have they brought in restrictions like this so fast, and then applied rules to the application process. The entire industry is up in arms. Everyone is effected.
So how has this impacted production with us at Ormsby Guitars since we don’t use rosewood in our GTR range?
As many readers would know, it has caused significant delays in production of our instruments because, despite not using the now restricted species of woods at all, our supply of chosen woods for production are stuck in shipping containers with the newly restricted woods, and thus, WMI cannot readily access them to commence construction of our guitars. Of the six containers in transit to our builders WMI prior to new CITES regulation coming into effect, two have been released. Unfortunately there also seems to be a haphazard approach (not WMI’s fault) to this as paperwork is not being approved in sequence of when it was filed, meaning containers that have been waiting longer for approval aren’t necessarily being released accordingly. That said, WMI are doing everything they can to manage this situation. Additionally, I personally purchased ebony to have shipped to WMI four weeks ago, to avoid any more delays. The seller was quite happy to take our payment, before advising us his supply for us was on back-order after everyone moved from rosewood to ebony, so it’s back to square one.
As you can imagine, this is incredibly challenging and stressful for us here at Ormsby Guitars. We have stores worldwide begging to sign on in new regions that we cannot commit to, and our network of incredible distributors who desperately want more guitars from us cannot get stock. In Australia alone I have heard of a certain large guitar company that has 6 containers of guitars sitting in barges off of Sydney since February because the guitars contain rosewood. Another large guitar company sent a container to Australia full of strings, with two custom ordered guitars, that happen to have rosewood necks. They’ve experienced 5 months of delays in processing so far, strings included! CITES Australia had four staff until one went on leave early in the year. They report 'paperwork has increased 5 fold'. At the core of it though, you, our supportive global community of musicians and clientele are being left in limbo by external forces that have demonstrated very little consideration for the industry you partake in, and one which brings you much creative pleasure. The paperwork for our runs are expected any day now. We will continue to keep you updated as best as possible with production timelines. Your patience in this matter is sincerely appreciated.
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Not the best I'm afraid.
The new CITES Rosewood restrictions (https://reverb.com/…/new-cites-regulations-for-all-rosewood… is the best article, but the announcement dates was actually dec 10th or there abouts) has caused delays for all orders at WMI and from my sources, all other similar manufacturers.
Unfortunately a number of containers worth of ebony and rosewood have been halted due to not arriving before paperwork could be acquired. I know in the USA and Australia, this paperwork, required from jan 2nd 2017 for all imports of any deliveries including any rosewood pieces, takes approx 90 days to process (which is around now, but with everyone filing for this new paperwork, who knows).
The hold up is because some of these deliveries arrived into Korea days or weeks late, and are now waiting retrospectively for paperwork. This has had a flow in effect for all production for all brands. Because, all these containers are a mixture of woods, including rosewood.
Because WMI and most other manufacturers work on a 'just in time production system', any delay causes flow on effects. With 7000 guitars being made per month, obviously they rely on items arriving when they should (and for the most part this works perfectly).
Here is anderson's views, who own chapman, also made at WMI:
It was hoped we would bypass all this due to our orders being smaller than most.
Furthermore, any guitars featuring rosewood parts (not any of ours), have been restricted and cannot ship OUT of the factory. So there are stockpiles of guitars ready to ship, that can't, stopping new materials coming in at the volumes they usually do.
WMI don't yet have the gig bags, or bridges, but both of these are expected very soon.
Unfortunate situation, and WMI are trying to expedite ebony from other sources to get enough to complete the order. However, with paperwork due any day now, that might be a waste of time.
I've advised them to go ahead even if bridges haven't yet arrived, and Jett and I will fly up there and assist in assembly, and do QC in the factory to save time when everything arrives here. I've also discussed doing a half sized shipment to get guitars moving here, whilst the other half are still being completed, to ship faster once they arrive.
More news as it comes to hand as always. We are doing our best to get everything completed asap.
PS. With paperwork due any day, these delays shouldn't effect run 5, other than our ability to QC all of run 4 first.
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