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.
Andy, Joe, and Jan