As mentioned yesterday I have implemented a new shipping option for international neck orders.
Courier rates for shipping to Europe can vary wildly from one country to another. Royal Mail however has set rates for all of Europe (plus 2 other world zones). The price difference between Royal Mail and courier rates is significant – between £4 and £10, depending on the destination country!
Here’s the rub – in case you don’t know, Royal Mail won’t carry anything longer than 610mm unless packed in a tube. Suitable tubes are expensive unless purchased in vary large quantities and take up a lot of space. However it appears that Royal Mail will accept a triangular box as a tube, which are stored flat packed and of which I have many as I use them for domestic neck shipments! The only downside being that unlike a rectangular box there is very little extra space for anything other than a single neck. I don’t see that being a problem as a lot of neck orders are for the neck and a few small bits of hardware. It may be that is works out cheaper for you to split your order in two and ship the neck Royal Mail tracked and hardware separately regular airmail – it’s certainly worth trying both ways.
I spent a good few hours writing the module and testing it this morning. Hopefully it works as intended and is shown as an option when the order is for a single neck and small hardware (no bridges/trems/bodies or pickguards). I also added it for USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Let me know if you find any issues, and enjoy the rest of the weekend!
Yes, yes it is. Monday is a Bank Holiday in England and Wales (celebrating our pagan origins) so I will not be dispatching orders now until Tuesday. Better have them here than sitting in a Royal Mail warehouse for an extra day (not to mention Royal Mail’s well documented first in, last out policy for mail backlogs).
Apologies for the lack of posts/updates recently – there hasn’t been much to tell. It’s really just been a lot of chasing up suppliers for updates on delayed deliveries, that sort of thing. I’ve been doing a bit of work on the website writing new shipping modules – you may have noticed Royal Mail tracked 24 as an option now. While not a guaranteed service I’d estimate that 99% of the orders I’ve dispatched with this service since I started using it just before Christmas arrive the next day. A benefit is the ability for customers to designate a “safe place” for the postie to leave their package if they are out/it is too big to fit through a letterbox, saving you a trip to the Sorting/Post Office to collect.
I hope I’ll be able to implement a new service for international neck orders over the weekend. I’ve spent a few hours on it today and hope to button it up and test it tonight/tomorrow. Basically it will be Royal Mail Tracked and a few pounds cheaper than UPS/Parcelforce to most locations in Europe (and a lot cheaper to some).
Enjoy the long weekend!
Here is a sneak peak at the next batch of nitro finished relic bodies coming my way, once again finished by SC Relics. Due in 4-5 weeks the plan is for light ageing, however if you want to reserve a body now you can specify a different level of ageing! I haven’t settled on the pricing but for all pre-sales I will keep the price the same as the first batch, £225.
Get in touch here to discuss deposit/level of ageing.
Teles first – Strats will be up later today.
3TS 4lb 10oz
Blonde 4lb 13oz
Butterscotch 4lb 11oz
Fiesta Red 4lb 7oz
The early Easter has caught me out a bit this year!
As usual I will be answering emails over the long weekend, but 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 29th March 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 noon today Tuesday 27th for same day dispatch and selecting First Class.
All orders received after noon Thursday 29th March will be dispatched on Tuesday 3rd April when Royal Mail and The Post Office resume business.
I will dispatch courier orders (necks/bodies) up until 9a.m. Wednesday with UPS but please note they may not arrive before Good Friday (Orders should be received by 6pm the previous evening to be assured of dispatch Wednesday. I will still attempt to get orders received after 6pm ready but cannot guarantee I will be able to pack them in time for collection Wednesday)
Parcelforce will not be collecting or delivering from Good Friday until Tuesday 3rd. For Parcelforce delivery before Good Friday orders must be placed before noon Tuesday 27th if selecting 48hr service or noon Wednesday 28th if selecting 24hr service.
Order early to avoid disappointment!
A couple of small orders came in from Allparts yesterday and today. Those keeping an eye on the site may have noticed roasted maple Stratocaster necks are back in stock. (Stock photo only this time – all 3 are pretty much the same with no mineral streaks)
Today I received some nitro vintage tint necks with rosewood boards! Two Tele and one Strat. (I have no idea why Allparts offer different specs between the two)
If there is a demand I can add more to my next rosewood order.
A small shipment has arrived, bringing the welcome return of gold Gretsch style knobs stainless steel block saddles and Tele PBass control plates!
For those that missed the new items from the Gotoh shipment, I now have Gotoh Fender-style relic strap pins and Gotoh relic “butterfly” string trees available in the store.
Following on from the new Hosco 50s style alder Strat bodies that arrived last week, (note the shape of the controls route) Monday saw the arrival of swamp ash Tele and Bare Bones Esquire bodies (router hump et al). All bodies are now photographed and weighed and have links to photos on the in-stock page here.
As an aside, I will be sending a batch of bodies off for finishing/ageing next Monday, so if you want to choose a particular body to be aged in your choice of colour, get in touch by Friday to work it out.
For those of you who are not followers of the Facebook page, the Hosco/Gotoh shipment arrived yesterday. Only delayed by a day due to weather, which is not too bad.
I will be weighing and photographing the bodies over the weekend but I have checked everything else and some out of stock lines are now back.
Relic trems, vintage Tele bridges, Gotoh split post tuners (and magnum lock), titanium In-Tune Tele saddles (limited stock) and of course Strat and Tele 9.5″ radius maple necks. A few new items arrived but I have to photograph them or write up the product pages, but I have Gotoh conversion bushes available now. Unfortunately my previous supplier of my own conversion bushes was unable to replicate them correctly, and a second supplier refused to do so after making the first batch wrong, so I bit the bullet and ordered the Gotohs.
The other new products will be up over the weekend.
I know what you are thinking – did you not just get a load in? Yes, yes I did. But Allparts are planning to place another order in the next week or so and are taking orders now. Delivery time is tba…(but expect 4-6 weeks from ordering, assuming stock is in the USA).
So if you want something I don’t have in stock, like a wide nut neck or bass neck or finished neck, get in touch and I’ll get you a price.
Check here for Allparts’ full line of rosewood necks.
UPDATE>>cut-off is Thursday 8th March for estimated delivery at the end of March.
A couple of Telecaster bodies have been added to Clearance Corner.
First up a two piece alder Hosco body. This has some minor tool marks at the jack hole that have been filled.
Second, a one piece mahogany body. This one has taken a knock at the rear edge of the upper bout. It has been steamed but there is still a minor flat spot on the edge and crumpling on the back – see the detailed pictures on the product page. Reduced by £30 to £95