Hi guys. I'm Chris from Mai-Guitar (pronounced My-guitar). I started a website and ran an add with Alan. He said the regular adds were all filled, but he had a rotating banner. So far there are only a couple that rotate, but I think there will be more.
As far as the not impressive swirls, to each his own. My helper and I started doing them in December 2010. For every one that has gone out on an auction, we have done at least 2 made to order. We started out trying to match others, but have now dialed into the unique looking schemes. Buy what you like.
I'm not a big website guy. My host was supposed to provide some tools, but so far those are lacking. It has the main stuff though.
I purchased the CNC programs and equipment from another builder in January. I have made some updates to the programming that improved the claw, made the pickup cover routes a bit bigger so you don't need to sand down your RG/JEM covers, and tweaked some other stuff.
I do bang out some basic models. The concept of the website was to make just what you want, but charge a bit more for the mods. The ďyou draw it draw, we cut isĒ service offers a unique chance to trace out whatever you can think of, then we'll cut it. I have templates showing the places that need to stay to accommodate the routing. For the price, itís a cool service.
The other thing I have is access to some really cool woods. I have a batch of Alder that is super light - just over 3 lbs for a cut JEM style body. The idea on the JEM was Basswood for light weight, but Adder for sound. I think this Alder is lighter than factory Basswood, so its turn key.
I have some Aspen that Iím looking for someone to review as far as tone. If someone is interested, shoot me a message. Iíll either send a body as a loaner, or sell one at a discount to test. My wood guys says it ďshouldĒ sound like Alder, but be even lighter. I can get tons of it, so if its good, Iíd like to know. So far I only have a few until I get some feedback.
I have some old basswood that is super light too - like 2.5 lbs. Iím saving that for special orders.
So thatís it for now. This isnít my day job or anything. Iím having fun and have had a ton of interest so far.