Yes. Once we settle on the specifications of the instrument you'd like and the costs have been worked out, I require a $500 AUD deposit before I start building. The balance is due upon completion plus insurance should you choose to add it.
Direct deposit to my bank account as well as PayPal. Please be aware that if you choose PayPal I will add their fee for the transaction to the total owing.
Once the instrument build starts it will be no more than 3 months for it to be ready to ship. Often in the 9-10 week range depending on my work load.
Yes, it's no problem at all. There isn't any extra charge either.
To make it simple I've included the cost of shipping in the price of all my instruments. There will be no more to pay other than the quoted price of the instrument.
Yes, most definitely. The price for some figured or rare woods can be very expensive and using them in an instrument will incur a surcharge based on the current market prices. I'm happy to give you a quote based on choices you might consider.
Only to a very limited extent in so much as those changes do not affect work that has already been commenced. There may also be a change in the cost depending on what those changes are.
I use a 36mm width nut as standard. If you are having a custom instrument built, I can change this to suit. I build with a 42mm string spacing at the saddle.
I use a Marine Grade 2K Polyurethane. It's easy to care for, and durable in both high gloss or semi gloss.
I recommend and install 2 styles of pickup. The MISI is an active under saddle transducer with built in pre-amp, and the other is a K&K Aloha Twin passive sound board piezo.
Almost every client asks me what timber combination will sound best. The short answer is that the back and sides make no difference at all to the sound of the instrument when it comes to the species or how highly figured it is. Your choice here is determined by what you like the look of and how much you are willing to pay for something rare and highly figured.
The soundboard species and how its braced are where the tone of the instrument comes from, along with string choice.
A radius on the fret board is where it has been shaped so that it has an arch in it across the fret board. It greatly improves playability as the fingers natural shape when barring the strings it to have a slight curve in it, the fret board radius mimics this shape. All of my instruments include a radius fret board in the base price.
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