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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Mirrorshades, Nov 10, 2019.
Soooo... that happened.
Is this good, bad, or neutral for the DIY community?
Wow, I like MJT...Fiesta Red in my avatar. But them growing into a large company doesn't sound tantalizing. I guess that is the drive to make more money right?
As long as they have the same great customer service I say more power to them
I had a easy and great experience with mjt
As far as being good or bad it’s a business it’s not about being punk rock or what not
Like Steve Martin once’s said
“ I get it .. it’s a profit deal”
Well they'll have an in house source for bodies and necks now.
I am not impressed and after the experience I've had so far it's doubtful I would consider using them. I did not find their responses helpful or encouraging. I explained what I wanted and explicitly what I didn't want, I.e. an aged or reliced finish, and the response was they could do a less aged finish or some such a thing. I had a VERY STRONG sense that they are not as interested or willing to do custom work because they did not even respond to that part of my question.
They only supply aged finishes, it says so on their web site.
You wouldn't go to the Porsche dealer if you were shopping for a pickup truck either...
It'll be great for Mark and Matt, I wish them the best...
I believe Tommy Rosamond left a couple years ago...I bought multiple bodies and necks from USACG while he was there. I thought they were superb when he was there, not sure what they are like anymore.
drop the price to sub 200 and we'll talk
True. I was completely unfamiliar with them prior to this. Aside from the incredible quality of product and service delivered by USA Custom Guitars, you could get what you wanted the way you wanted it. I was hoping that would continue but it doesn't appear to on the agenda.
I wish them no ill will. Lots of friends see the appeal for what they do. My dilemma will now be finding someone to work with for a Strat build to compliment my Tele. I see now that I should have jumped on it three or four years ago.
Ok.It's pretty clear on their website what they do.
I didn't want aged or relic.They even offer non relic.That's what I got.
This is what I found recently on MJT site:
"Due to trademark laws we recently became aware of, we will no longer sell/supply Fender licensed necks. However, we can still finish and age a Fender licensed neck that you supply us from the supplier of your choice (Musikraft, Allparts, Warmoth, etc)."
Well that sucks.
I like when good things happen to good people. I like when good things happen for good companies. I wish them the best.
Had the same experience with Tommy and USA Custom Guitars. He was great. The necks and bodies I purchased from him were excellent. Purchased 5 of each for 5 different guitars. Not sure about the guitar components made after Tommy left. I have no reason to believe they were any less in quality.
I remember corresponding with Mark Jenny before they were famous. Nice guy and would go to any trouble for you. if MJT are still the same I'd recommend 'em.
I think it's sad that a company has to sport one individual inside the organisation as a "jesus" of some sort. Maybe Tommy Rosamund was exceptional in support, and - definitely - knowledge, but it's sad if he would "die" and everyone else, and the rest of what the company is all about should die with him. Like he's unreplaceable. One should be wary of letting one or two characters within a company with exceptional charisma/passion being let through too much, becasue once they leave for one reason or another, dies, becomes ill, AWOL, the customers feel - automatically - that the company as a whole should have obituaries. It's just bad conduct.
I ordered a Strat from USACG in 2007, and even talked to Tommy on phone, from Sweden-USA (!). just for 5 short minutes, I clocked it as I was talking so it didn't run amok... of course he turned out a yardstick for the rest of the people in the world, regarding user support. He and I didn't see eye to eye on the stainless steel frets I ordered though, but on that thing, I had my way in the end.
well, all this means that:
"Due to recent events and after serious consideration regarding our business model, we have made the decision to no longer offer custom made bodies. A more detailed explanation of this business model change will follow in the next newsletter. Thanks for your patience"
Don't know when this was posted, but no "next newsletter" appears/appeared.
Now for the MJT site:
"Due to trademark laws we recently became aware of, we will no longer offer Fender licensed necks. However, we can still finish and age a Fender licensed neck that you supply us from the supplier of your choice (Musikraft, Allparts, Warmoth, etc)"
So one has to order a neck from one of them, and a body from the other!