Category Archives: Manufacturing

Lovely Baseplates

      Manufacturing, Pickups, XR Series

skewed-baseplate

Laser-cut and hand-buffed to perfection, these skewed 8-string baseplates are ready to go!

When I look at a product —anything at all; furniture, a gadget, handcrafted guitar, etc., I look at what’s inside first —the things that you don’t normally see. I gauge the quality of a product by inspecting how well it is made from the inside. I value attention to detail a lot, and this should reflect in what we do, even if it’s a simple baseplate that will be kept hidden after installation. In my mind, I think of someone like myself in the future, looking at the pickup with a smile and saying to himself “wow, those are lovely baseplates”.

 

Nu Update: Meet The Nexus

      Electronics, Manufacturing, Nexus, Nu Series, Prototype

Meet The Nexus. This small, hacker friendly breakout box connects your multichannel guitar to the outside world using a specialized (LEMO compatible) multi-pin connector for up to 12 channels of audio and 7 channels of analog control voltages for by-wire control of volume, tone, patch or effects. Audio may come from standard mono-pickups or from the Nu multichannel pickup. Analog control voltages are converted to MIDI control messages.nexus

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Almost There

      Manufacturing, Nu Series, Side Winder, XR Series
Ready For Assembly

Ready For Assembly

It’s been a while but we’re almost there! I always underestimate the time it takes to bring an idea from concept to prototype and then to actual production. I always thought that manufacturing comes easy as soon as you have a fully working prototype. Wrong! To be very honest, I learned the hard way that there is such an art called Design for Manufacturability. Quoting Wikipedia: (also sometimes known as design for manufacturing or DFM) is the general engineering art of designing products in such a way that they are easy to manufacture. I enjoy designing and working on prototypes. I think they are cool! I try my best to make them as aesthetically pleasing as possible and I love looking at the result! But are they easy to manufacture? Ignoring DFM, as I did in this production run, can be costly. Hah! What do I know, I’m a software engineer. Now I know better!

That said, it’s all worth the wait. Promise!  😀