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November Update

Happy Holidays!

A brief update for you on our progress.

Model One is now in production.

We are excited to announce that our design and prototyping, which took longer than anticipated, is now complete. As most of you know, while we’ve had working prototypes for a year, we have been perfecting the Model One build and electronics. We thank you sincerely for your patience.

We’ve made circuit changes to better balance the gain stages for each amp selection. The tone, volume, and drive levels are dialed in now.

We are rushing the circuit board production and assembly so that we have them as quickly as possible.

We are building bodies and Steve has begun painting them. They look beautiful. (see photo)

Our first deliveries will begin in January. All pre-order customers should have their guitars in the subsequent 4 – 8 weeks.

To meet our production needs, we have new team members at our factory. One of our new team members has extensive experience building guitars at the Fender Custom Shop, G&L factory, and others, including building guitars at the legendary original Charvel/Jackson factory in San Dimas, CA.

We are having a lot of fun with our latest Model One – walking around the shop playing solo and with backing tracks from the iPhone interface.

Thank you again for your support. Don’t hesitate to contact us at sales@electrophonicinnovations.com with any questions.

Andy, Joe, and Jan

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October Update

Our friends ask us what it’s like to be in on the creation of the Model One. Our response is usually, “wonderful and, at times, stressful.”

Everything is taking longer than predicted. We are working now on fine-tuning our analog electronics. Some of the tweaks that we have made to improve the Model One have led to new “things” that need further attention.

We are in the final testing now of production prototypes. Yes, one last prototype run to make sure that everyone will love what they’re getting.

Thank you for your patience as we progress through some unforeseen delays. We apologize for not meeting our predicted delivery schedule, but unfortunately with a new concept like the Model One, unexpected delays can happen.

The factory is cranking 24/7 to get your guitar into your hands as soon as possible, but we won’t cut any corners on our quality standards. You wouldn’t want it any other way.

If you have any questions, contact us at sales@electrophonicinnovations.com. We will reply promptly.

Best,

Andy, Joe, and Jan

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August Update

As we’ve mentioned recently and in our July Newsletter, we are in the final testing phase of our production guitars. It’s very gratifying to experience the Model One EP after many years of development.

Your Model One will put a smile on your face. She plays well, sounds amazing, and is fun, fun, fun.

We have begun production assembly but need about 30 days to hit full speed. The major steps in production are carving the bodies, sanding/ finishing,stocking all component parts, assembly, and finally setting up your guitar before boxing and shipment. All of these steps are underway now.

Our longest lead-time components are our proprietary printed circuit boards. The specs have gone out this week to our manufacturing partners with all last changes made. Pure analog electronics = real tone.

As some of you are aware, we are running later than we had planned. Some of our early supporters have had to be the most patient with us. Our goal has always been to create something very special and innovative, and we knew that taking delivery risks was going to be part of our quest. As the sayings go, “no risk, no reward,” and “no pain no gain.” We’ve lived both.

That said, our goal also was to communicate to our customers and supporters as often as appropriate. Good or bad.

Earlier this month, we encountered several late-stage issues that we had not envisioned. Despite those issues, we made substantial progress this month and have good stuff to share with you.

First, we added some extraordinary talent to our team. Notably Steve R. @didbybiz. We auditioned many individuals and Steve was far and away the best. A real talent and expert in his field. We are very excited to have him on board as the first Model One Featured Paint Artist.

Last week, Tim Thompson our Lead Electronics Designer, presided over the final electronics testing. After several intensive days, we nailed down all of the last changes.

We have some well-known celebrity artists who want Model Ones. While we cannot share their names yet, we are excited to have their support and help.

Also this month, we completed development and testing on our proprietary speaker isolation gaskets and pickup damping inserts. These are critical components in tuning the EP guitar for maximum performance.

BTW, we are looking for additional talent to help us in our shop in Inglewood, CA. If you know of someone who likes building stuff, is detail oriented, and is local to us, please send them our way.

Lastly, we are working to get your guitar to you ASAP. At this point, there is nothing more important to us so we are keeping the pedal to the metal so that everyone gets their prize soon.

As has always been the case, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

Rock on,

Andy, Joe, and Jan

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July Newsletter

We are in the final stages of testing and although we are running later than expected, the results will be worth the wait.

Our testing time is being spent primarily on the custom proprietary electronics that we’ve designed.  We have very high standards and therefore the details matter.

We have got the gain structure and effects imaging (between the 2 speakers) where we want and it is showcasing the other great aspects of our design.

Our preamp sounds great and has the headroom and expansiveness that we designed for.

Our power amp is measuring about 18 watts of audio muscle, split between 2 speakers.  In fact, we had a jam last week with some friends of ours, and the guitar held its own with drums, bass, and keys.

The acoustic treatment inside our Model One is having a huge positive impact on our sound.  This has not been a trivial pursuit.  In fact, our work in this area has spawned a few innovative new products that you will be able to use on your other guitars.  More later…

Our final testing is almost complete.  Almost.

Thank you for your support and patience.  You will not be disappointed.

Rock on,

 

Andy, Joe, and Jan