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On ‎3‎/‎25‎/‎2018 at 6:34 PM, ElNumero said:

 So, if they can put out an even better product that what I have owned, more power to them.  

That's the entire point, right there.  Let the CNC mill do the dimensionally critical stuff - putting the bridge mounting holes in the right place, getting the nut mounting surfaces right, etc...

Profiling the neck can be automated.  Necks should be profiled MULTIPLE times, the neck is partially profiled and then allowed to "relax" for a few days, then it is profiled further, then allowed to "relax" some more, and then profiled for a final time.  Top-flight manufacturers take 3 times as long to build a neck as a body.

Doing that frees the craftsmen up to do the things that still need to be done by hand... like...

1) PRS CNC's the neck pocket and neck tenon, but tenons still require some hand fitting.  Even a company as rabidly devoted to quality and automation as PRS recognizes that certain things are better done by hand.

2) Binding HAS TO be done by hand.

3) All of the finishing steps, at every manufacturer, are by hand.

4) Fretboard radiusing and cutting fret slots is all done in fixtures (by everyone, including Heritage), but frets are still seated, trimmed, and dressed by hand.

Etc...

Again, it's NOT about getting rid of labor.  It's about using the right tool for the right job and putting the labor where it can do the most good.  That sounds like the plan, and I'm 100% on board with it.  There's a 535 or something similar in my future, and I don't want another one I have to monkey with.  I want it right, the first time, no excuses.

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All I know is I bought, in 1997, an H-550 for $1,500 that was uniquely custom, by my request: 1. No pickguard  2. No fretboard inlay  3. Golden Classic fretboard and neck   4. No pickups  5. No volume or tone knobs. They gave me the flamiest H-550 I've ever seen! I had a Gibson Charlie Christian pickup routed in, ordered bowtie inlays from Gibson, and did other things I thought would 'improve' it. When I decided to replace the clown burst with something more traditional, Marv Lamb laughed when he held it, and said they always wondered who bought the guitar that was, essentially, a shell. When he and another big dog demurred at taking the Christian out and putting it back in after refinish, citing possible top damage, they called Pete Moreno while I was waiting there. Pete finished it in a sort of cross between burnt amber and dark almond burst, for just $600, and he even fixed some internal cracks around the plug hole, for no charge! These are special people, and I really hope that they form a new company. I will definitely buy a guitar built by these fired employees.- Charles Bevell  Bloomington, IN

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On 4/9/2018 at 11:36 PM, unikh550 said:

... Marv Lamb laughed when he held it, and said they always wondered who bought the guitar that was, essentially, a shell. When he and another big dog demurred at taking the Christian out and putting it back in after refinish, citing possible top damage, they called Pete Moreno while I was waiting there.  These are special people, ...

Yep.

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On 4/10/2018 at 12:36 AM, unikh550 said:

All I know is I bought, in 1997, an H-550 for $1,500 that was uniquely custom, by my request: 1. No pickguard  2. No fretboard inlay  3. Golden Classic fretboard and neck   4. No pickups  5. No volume or tone knobs. They gave me the flamiest H-550 I've ever seen! I had a Gibson Charlie Christian pickup routed in, ordered bowtie inlays from Gibson, and did other things I thought would 'improve' it. When I decided to replace the clown burst with something more traditional, Marv Lamb laughed when he held it, and said they always wondered who bought the guitar that was, essentially, a shell. When he and another big dog demurred at taking the Christian out and putting it back in after refinish, citing possible top damage, they called Pete Moreno while I was waiting there. Pete finished it in a sort of cross between burnt amber and dark almond burst, for just $600, and he even fixed some internal cracks around the plug hole, for no charge! These are special people, and I really hope that they form a new company. I will definitely buy a guitar built by these fired employees.- Charles Bevell  Bloomington, IN

Must post photos!

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On 3/3/2018 at 11:28 PM, High Flying Bird said:

I understand that Pete came and went a few times over the years.  I have never met him.  I have seen him once or twice, maybe around 2014 - 2016. 

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loved being there in 2010 and 2011

 

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30 minutes ago, Vincelewis said:

loved being there in 2010 and 2011

 

And a treat to meet you and listen to you play, Vince (you used my amp one of those years)!  That was a highlight of the eight or so I've attended.  Hope you and your charming wife are well and enjoying good health!  Best wishes!

Rob

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+1

 

was amazing to hear you play at the barn, that one year. fantastic!!

 

hope things are well

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18 hours ago, Vincelewis said:

loved being there in 2010 and 2011

 

We truly appreciate what you have done for the HOC!

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I remember Vince from 2012 or so, super nice guy, super talented to say the least. Very friendly too. He offered me a whirl with whatever beautiful jazz box he had that day but I said no, partly due to being afraid of dinging it, partly due to feeling not worthy and also being afraid I would find new GAS I  didn't need.

And thanks Vince for all those great arrangements you provided. I've studied a few and have saved others for one day when I have more time. Hope you're well.

 

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Don't worry about not being worthy. If i was worried about not being worthy I never would have;

Gotten married, had children, bought a house, become a world class graphic artist, helped my best friend (since grammar school) through therapy after his leg was amputated, played guitar...

Don't worry, be happy and just DO IT!

PS. I also am grateful to Mr. Vince Lewis, he has been a great member here.

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