New luthier, some research
I am in the planning stage of changing the focus of my business to custom guitar building, been a self employed joiner for the last 5 years. Got bored with building site life so I've decided to do more cabinetry work which will fit in well with luthier services. i plan on exporting from the uk also, using the power of the internet to get clients.
I've a few questions; don't feel the need to answer them all.
*Full custom build - How many £££/$$$ are you willing to spend? say for example you want a strat or les paul clone. - How concerned are you about resale value? Value could go up too! i plan on getting some CNC time so i can digitise existing necks etc, want an accurate '57 les paul built?
*Off the peg - From my initial pricing figures, and using top quality hardware and pickups (gotoch/shaller, dimarzio, bareknuckles etc. I am confident that I can build a les paul/PRS clone get a better finish and be 10% cheaper than their RRP's too. Especially the PRS.
Strat/tele/superstrat, this is going to be a little harder matching the factories price, no way I could get down to £650 ($425) for a USA standard. Under £900 ($580) certainly.
I can compete with the big boys, but how important is the right name on the top of the headstock?
*Parts and projects/replacement bits - Things like inlays to existing necks, "i need a new neck for my xxx" Was thinking about unfinished bodies and necks for the project builder. How you ever built a project? Would you prefer to buy a body and a neck that are jointed perfectly to each other? This does open the possibilities for glued in necks etc. How much do you want to spend on a project?
Has anyone used a luthiers services from another country? i've seen some of the issues and threads around here so we don't need to go into that. Just your experiences with communication, postage, other concerns.
Thanks very much for any answers; any other thoughts would be greatly appreciated.