Easter 2019 Posting and Opening Times

Royal Mail

As usual I will be answering emails over the long weekend (but not the phone ). To account for Bank Holiday Post Office/Royal Mail closures, posting/dispatch times for Easter period are as follows:

Non courier orders received before noon Thursday 18th April will be dispatched the same day. (This includes necks with standard free shipping option) If you want your parts before Good Friday I would suggest placing orders by 1pm tomorrow Tuesday 16th for same day dispatch and selecting First Class or Royal Mail Tracked 24.
All orders received after 1pm Thursday 18th April will be dispatched on Tuesday 23rd April when Royal Mail and The Post Office resume business.

Parcelforce will not be collecting or delivering from Good Friday until Tuesday 23rd. For Parcelforce delivery before Good Friday orders must be placed before noon Wednesday 17th.

Order early to avoid disappointment!

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Telecaster Ashtray Covers Back In Stock

It’s been a while but I have a few available.

I’ tried every avenue for a cheaper alternative as prices have risen quite a lot the last 18 months (exchange rate + price hikes). My Korean supplier was going to start offering them but the cost of the mold* was excessive ($8k) so they scrapped the idea. Hosco used to make them but their mold broke and it would appear they don’t want to lay out for another. I bought some of the Chinese clones to see if they would be suitable but unfortunately the are slightly the wrong size making a poor fit – they tend to pop off the bridge. Plus the finish/plating was not up to scratch.

So it’s back to the original. Grab one while you can here.

*Is “mold” the right word? These are press formed so”stamp” might be more appropriate, I’m not sure.

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Double Bound Telecaster Bodies Back In Stock

In case you missed it I received a batch of double bound alder Telecaster bodies from Hosco last week. You can find links to pictures of each body with weights on this page. Most are right around 4.5lbs and some lookers just crying out for an oiled or burst finish.
I have some interesting new things coming in a few months, so keep checking back.

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Welcome to 2019

I hope everyone had an enjoyable (and safe) night last night. I was so engrossed in end of month accounts yesterday I completely forgot to make a post!

Thanks to all my customers for another year of keeping me off the corporate ladder – it is most appreciated!

I hope you all have a happy and healthy 2019 and I’m cautiously optimistic I will even get round to finishing a couple of my own builds this year…

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

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Shipping to Canada

Due to industrial action in Canada over the last month or so there are significant delays with all post entering the country that relies on Canada Post for delivery.

Royal Mail are advising that delays will be severe and unpredictable, extending into 2019. You can find the statement under the Canada link here.

Apparently Tracked items are experiencing less of a delay so until further notice this will be the only shipping option available for Canada bound orders.

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Christmas 2018 Last Posting Dates + Office Hours

Office Hours

I will be answering email/phone as usual Friday 21st and Monday 24th then off until Thursday 27th. Closed New Year’s Day.

Shipping Cut-Off Dates

Please remember that no service is 100% guaranteed and cut-off time for same day shipping may be earlier than usual depending on order volume. Order as early as possible to avoid delays or disappointment.

I will be shipping as normal until Thursday December 20th then not shipping again until Thursday 27th.

Thursday 27th and Friday 28th will be shipping as normal then not shipping until Wednesday January 2nd.

Royal Mail

Parcelforce

Domestic Non-courier orders.

Tuesday 18 December  – 2nd Class

Thursday 20 December – 1st Class

Friday 21 December – Royal Mail Tracked 24 (including necks)

International Standard + Tracked

Tue 4 December Africa, Middle East
Fri 7 December Cyprus, Malta, Asia, Far East, Eastern Europe (except Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia)
Sat 8 December Caribbean, Central and South America
Mon 10 December Greece, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand
Fri 14 December Canada, Czech Republic, Italy, Poland and USA
Sat 15 December Finland, Sweden
Mon 17 December Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland
Tue 18 December Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg

Parcelforce

express24

Friday 21st December

Full list of International locations/dates here.

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Progress On CITES Rosewood Regulations

According to this article an agreement has been reached which could see musical instruments exempted from the CITES II environmental safeguards.

Assuming the proposal is accepted it won’t become law until September 2019 and we probably won’t know the exact definitions of “finished musical instruments”, “finished musical instrument parts” and “finished musical instrument accessories” until the next CITES meeting in May 2019. However if current definitions are anything to go by, “finished” will mean the rosewood has been machined/worked to a final product ie not raw lumber or milled blanks, so guitar necks/bridges/pins etc should all be fine.

Reading between the lines I assume the harvesting/processing of rosewood will still require CITES certificates, but it takes a level of bureaucracy and therefore associated cost out of the equation for retailers and private sellers. (For example a rosewood shipment from Allparts to the UK requires the following: export certificate from Japan, import certificate to America, export certificate from America and import certificate for UK. Each step has an associated cost in time and money.)

Let’s hope it goes through!

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Hardware Shipments Round-up

A busy start to the week – 2 hardware shipments arrived yesterday/today.

The Gotoh shipment restocked Kluson style tuners, both aged and shiny along with CTS pots.

The miscellaneous hardware shipment replenished chrome Wilkinson Tele bridges, Alpha A250K pots and blank Telecaster control plates. Along with the nickel “G Arrow” knobs it also contained Stratocaster 62 spec pickguards in mint green. The same mint green as my Tele guards and a bang-on repro of Fender’s current mint green. The 62 spec has all bevelled screw holes, a truss rod scoop at the neck and the screw hole between the neck and middle pup centred. Check the second pic on the product page for a colour comparison with brilliant white.

There is one more new product but the pics I took are pretty naff so will try and get better ones tonight.

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New Hardware Shipment

A shipment arrived yesterday with a few new products on.

First up (and the only one I’ve photographed) G Arrow knobs in nickel. Full disclosure, I didn’t order these, the supplier made a mistake, but they look very classy so I may actually order the plain top version in nickel too.

More later.

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