I like StewMac.... but this?

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  1. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    In the past year it seems StewMac's done a marketing makeover, offering a lot more products in the retail market. They still have good (though pricey) luthier stuff, and I have a lot of it, but they keep sending me emails for severely overpriced junk like this here. $120 for a few bits of plastic so I can do a setup 'anywhere', "like the pros".

    https://www.stewmac.com/Luthier_Too...tenance/The_Gig_Portable_Guitar_Workshop.html


    It's getting tedious to sift the good stuff from the garbage...
     
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    Probably not a bad idea. But, with a jig saw, a 2x4, and an old flannel shirt, you can build the same thing.
     
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    So you're saying you didn't get the Gig? ;):lol:

    BTW, I completely agree with you...looks like a rip-off to me.
     
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    You forgot to add on the $15-20 bucks they'll tack on for shipping....


    Not trying to slam Stew-Mac...but sometimes they make it pretty easy to do.
     
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    Try thumbing through a Harley catalog if you wanna see ridiculous.
     
  6. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    So StewMac is a 'lifestyle brand' now? Oh nooooo. :eek: :lol::lol::lol:
     
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    I avoid StewMac whenever possible.

    They were the only game in town for years and became accustomed to price gouging their customers.

    Philadelphia Luthier Supply is a good alternative. Between them and Amazon, I can find almost everything I need, usually at half the price or less compared to StewMac.
     
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    And cork lining on all surfaces that touch the guitar, please! ;)

    I like Stew-Mac too, and have a guitar/luthier toolbox filled with their specialty tools (fret files, nut files, etc.). Yes they're pricey, but if I'm, say, routing binding ledges on an acoustic guitar build, I'm not going to use bits from Harbor Freight. However, some of the jigs, clamps, and such can definitely be built in a shop using scrap lumber, screws, and parts. I built a set of luthier cam clamps from scratch and they came out great and have served me well. :)
     
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    Stew Mac and a few others (Eastwood, MF) need to cut down on their marketing emails, they are overdoing it. I like to see some specials but only a couple times a week not several times a day. I am about to unsuscribe from all of them and mark them as spam.
     
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    I got the same email... I deleted it after I looked at it...no biggie. Stewmac is the man when you need something fast. If I don't like or want something...I don't buy it. Stewmac, like everybody else, needs to advertise to stay in business. When you don't have a stewmac when you need it, you may feel differently.
     
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    Paying too much for guitar repair tools is a good way for them to luthier bank account! I can't gauge their sincerity, but it seems like everyone is trying to get in on the action these days. Some of them offer good deals no doubt, but others are just stringing us along. It's sometimes hard to pin down which ones though. Things sure aren't all there cracked up to be sometimes. Oh well, I suppose it's all just water under the bridge by now. I'm sorry for the rant...I'm a nut sometimes.
     
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    I know, I know... Normally I will just ignore the junk, and I do appreciate their existence - I have a ton of their stuff. And while it's pricey, I usually feel it's been money well spent.

    This one just seemed more egregious than most.
     
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    I haven’t bought from them in years. Overpriced, substandard quality in many cases and inflated shipping costs. No thanks.
     
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    I stumbled across Philadelphia Luthier Supply last year when I was looking for some Ibanez parts. I was amazed how many they had that I couldn't find anywhere else and they were priced right.
     
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    Yeah there's some ridiculous stuff out there.
     
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    I have pretty much quit buying from them. They are WAY OVERPRICED on almost everything. I can make or find suitable alternatives elsewhere for far less money.
    I don't work on guitars for profit, just for fun so it isn't worth a fortune for a fancy doo jiggy from them for me.
     
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    I have no experience with StewMac - but $120 for that seemed really high, like they meant to list it as $19.95 and the extra "1" was accidentally tacked on.
     
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    You mean the price of the box? I know what you mean about slamming Stewmac. I have one of their small screw driver sets that was made overseas. There are about 6-7 phillips bits in it, but only two different sizes. One large and 5-6 tiny all the same size. The hex head bits look to be hand ground. Nice case though.
     
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    Most StewMac stuff is as you describe IME.
     
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