Mai-Guitar - OFFICIAL THREAD
Hi guys. I'm Chris from Mai-Guitar (pronounced My-guitar). We have another thread going too, but I guess this is the place where I can post more specifics on pricing, specials, etc.
As some background, I've always been into guitars. When I see guys getting into a "collection" I warn them that one you have 4, 10 is right around the corner. Somewhere in that 4 to 10 range I started talking with a buddy from school that was buying a lot of guitars too. He got me interested in Ibanez, and the edge trem system. Double locking is the only serious choice!
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. They are a lot better now. I plan to continue to tweak them.
I do bang out some of the basic basic models, but the concept of the website was to make just what you want, but charge a bit more for the mods. I put 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 ($300), itís a cool service. So far nobody have tried it, but I hope they do. I've done some testing to prove it works, so I'm ready on that one.
So I have a ground up system to make bodies. I made a few back in the day for a guy that really only wanted a H-H pickup setup. It was a pain starting with an RG body and trying the JEM mods by hand. How I can just do that - H-H, H-S-H, H-S-S. I still have some strat blood in me, so I'm fond of the H-S-S myself. I can do it all.
I can make a bare body to order, or paint it and do a swirl, or take to all the way to clearcoat. Solid colors are doable. I'll put some pics to my LNG as a follow up. If you don't want to mess with it at all, just send me the parts to put together and I'll send it back as a playable guitar. If your neck is straight, I'll give you a decent setup. I usually run necks like that through a good cleaning and polish so they frets have that ball bearing finish.
I can do mods to RGs too. The claw and grip are doable. The jack is on a per-guitar basis. I can do sustainer routing to new bodies, or modify RGs or JEMs. I have lefty programs too. I'm working on 7-strings, but the programming is tough, so I'm at least 2 weeks away.
People have noted some of the swirls I have auctioned off. Some of the better ones never make it to auction and get snapped up. Also, one guy early on specifically suggested that I list even the ones I'd like to re-dip, just at a cheaper price. So I do that too. Only 2 so far needed a re-dip.
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. I think that last one was 3lb - 4 oz after clearcoat. That is super light for alder. 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 old basswood that is super light too - like 2.5 lbs. Iím saving that for special orders. It a bit tougher to route, but it so light.
This isnít my day job or anything. Iím having fun and have had a ton of interest so far. I need to sell a ton of bodies to pay for all the stuff. Some people have spcifics in mind. Some ask me for my input. I can do either. I answer all emails, so if you don't hear back, check your spam folder.