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Picked up shirts for Henri Guitars. Just look at that color selection!

Picked up shirts for Henri Guitars. Just look at that color selection!

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Does it ever bother you, when after you or a shop has put fresh strings on your guitar, there’s always a half inch or more of extra string on the ends, which are sharp, and easy to stab yourself with? It’s something that’s always bothered me, especially after a few incidents with friends where hitting the headstock took out chunks of skin from their hands and fingers. I do my best to eliminate this problem at Henri Guitars, and in this video I’m just doing a run through of how I do it, so that hopefully this problem can be solved for you as well!

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Hey everyone, I’m doing one last run of T shirt and tank top orders for my guitar shop effort before the screen I rented for a year gets thrown out. So if you want to help support Henri Guitars, or just want one of these comfortable articles of clothing, For the next month you can order some off of the website* http://henriguitars.wordpress.com/merch/ ) or email HenriGuitarsInfo@gmail.com with how many you would like to order, if you can’t pay right away, and we can still put you down for them on our last order of shirts! I really hope that they’ll come back in the future, but be sure to get yours before it’s too late.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support, you have no idea how much it means to me! Be sure to like the shop on Facebook, too. https://www.facebook.com/HenriGuitars

*I’m not really sure what the cost is of shipping these shirts, but I feel like it’d be a pretty penny, so if you want to order a shirt and want it shipped to you, I would prefer you email the shop email with your info so I can look up how much shipping would cost, that way I can figure out if I can swing it, or if I would need you to pitch in for it.

Guess what I worked on today. Go on, guess.
Finally figured out that the scale drawing (left) was actually very tiny and not at all to scale, while the tuning machine holes were to scale. With that in mind I reworked the design on a slightly larger scale on a cardboard headstock blank that I made (middle) and the larger scale, as well as a few design changes, finally allowed me to fit my 4/2 tuning machine positions. The 4th hole is still a bit close to the top, so I might still rework it a little bit, but I’m at least excited to have it down on my actual headstock (right) so I can start to see how this will go.

Guess what I worked on today. Go on, guess.

Finally figured out that the scale drawing (left) was actually very tiny and not at all to scale, while the tuning machine holes were to scale. With that in mind I reworked the design on a slightly larger scale on a cardboard headstock blank that I made (middle) and the larger scale, as well as a few design changes, finally allowed me to fit my 4/2 tuning machine positions. The 4th hole is still a bit close to the top, so I might still rework it a little bit, but I’m at least excited to have it down on my actual headstock (right) so I can start to see how this will go.

T-shirts came in today for Henri Guitars, and I am really excited to have them! They look awesome, and I can’t wait to start wearing my own logo all over the place.

T-shirts came in today for Henri Guitars, and I am really excited to have them! They look awesome, and I can’t wait to start wearing my own logo all over the place.

So sometime this month I’m going to start a fundraiser on Indiegogo for the shop so we can gather funds to start custom builds ASAP. It would be very greatly appreciated if people could help get the word out about Henri Guitars in the meantime! Liking the page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/HenriGuitars) would be a huge help, and also passing this post around so people can catch a glimpse of what we’re all about. With your help we can turn this small shop into a major provider of custom guitars!
And if you would just like to leave a donation before the fundraiser on Indiegogo starts, I have a donations button on my Tumblr sidebar.

So sometime this month I’m going to start a fundraiser on Indiegogo for the shop so we can gather funds to start custom builds ASAP. It would be very greatly appreciated if people could help get the word out about Henri Guitars in the meantime! Liking the page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/HenriGuitars) would be a huge help, and also passing this post around so people can catch a glimpse of what we’re all about. With your help we can turn this small shop into a major provider of custom guitars!

And if you would just like to leave a donation before the fundraiser on Indiegogo starts, I have a donations button on my Tumblr sidebar.

Spent my night frustratingly working on the Henri Guitars logo, since I’ve gotten so fed up with waiting on graphic designers flaking out on me. The end result is that I’ve finally come up with a set of logos that I think I can live with! Which means flyers, banners, business cards, and MERCH are soon to follow!

So I had a very simple idea for the stand alone “H” Henri Guitars logo, and I did my best to run with it with what little graphic design skills I have.

Before:

After:

I just made the sides flatten out instead of reaching a point. I think it makes it look more like an H than an X like most people seem to think it is, but I’m not sure how I feel about it.

Still wishing a graphic designer would ACTUALLY help me out with my logo, instead of every one I find flaking out on me.

All I want right now is to start gathering merch for my shop, and make a huge push to get business cards, flyers, and my online presence going, but to do that I need my logo finalized. I’ve gone through 6 graphic designers in more than 6 months in an attempt to make that happen, and only 1 of them even did ANY work on it to get it where it is now - which was about 4 months ago.

Is it so much to ask to just get the damn thing finished already? It’s so close, there’s just a few things that need to be different… If only I were a designer myself, I’d have no problems with this. But alas, despite my having design programs, anything I try to make comes out looking like it was made in MS Paint.

Just crunched some numbers, and it’ll be over $500 to get all the basic tools I’ll need to get going with from-scratch guitar builds for Henri Guitars… That’s not even counting supplies or materials, but at least I have a list of things to keep in mind. If only I had a better way of raising money, like fund raisers, or donations or something…

Printed off some templates to use for designing some guitar bodies tonight - great decision, it’s 100x easier to design when there’s a template to work with. I’m excited for these, though I’m not having much luck with headstock designs. Hoping I can get stuff rolling by the new year, just need to get funds in place for the proper tools and supplies.
There’s a chance that if I can get the shop doing full custom builds by sometime late next year (not exactly sure when, but hoping it’s at least midway through the year, if not later) I could be able to pass along a few custom guitars to a local band that may be going on tour. The kind of exposure that on-tour photos would bring to the shop… That’s definitely something I want to shoot for!
Donations are always welcomed and much appreciated, there’s a button for it on my profile. I also hope to get some merch going soon, I have a designer working on the shop logo, hoping to get it finalized so I can order some T-shirts, stickers, all that fun stuff.

Printed off some templates to use for designing some guitar bodies tonight - great decision, it’s 100x easier to design when there’s a template to work with. I’m excited for these, though I’m not having much luck with headstock designs. Hoping I can get stuff rolling by the new year, just need to get funds in place for the proper tools and supplies.

There’s a chance that if I can get the shop doing full custom builds by sometime late next year (not exactly sure when, but hoping it’s at least midway through the year, if not later) I could be able to pass along a few custom guitars to a local band that may be going on tour. The kind of exposure that on-tour photos would bring to the shop… That’s definitely something I want to shoot for!

Donations are always welcomed and much appreciated, there’s a button for it on my profile. I also hope to get some merch going soon, I have a designer working on the shop logo, hoping to get it finalized so I can order some T-shirts, stickers, all that fun stuff.

Worked with a friend today on the Henri Guitars logo. It’s still not done, but this is the progress we’ve made on it.
I’m glad someone finally came through on working with me on this thing. At least 5 other people before this fell through after saying they’d help. It’s nice to be making progress.

Worked with a friend today on the Henri Guitars logo. It’s still not done, but this is the progress we’ve made on it.

I’m glad someone finally came through on working with me on this thing. At least 5 other people before this fell through after saying they’d help. It’s nice to be making progress.

Another update on the paint job on the Henri Guitars project transformation: KH-202.
Finally got the paint job to do what I wanted! All it took was painting heavily in small spots, and dabbing the paper towel right away. A few times out of the bunch it pulled up to the primer in a few spots, but eventually all of those imperfections were dealt with and now it’s looking killer! Can’t wait to get this lacquered up and ready to play.

Another update on the paint job on the Henri Guitars project transformation: KH-202.

Finally got the paint job to do what I wanted! All it took was painting heavily in small spots, and dabbing the paper towel right away. A few times out of the bunch it pulled up to the primer in a few spots, but eventually all of those imperfections were dealt with and now it’s looking killer! Can’t wait to get this lacquered up and ready to play.

Finally got the paint job on Henri Guitars Project Transformation: ESP LTD KH-202!

It gave me a little grief, honestly. There are a few parts that wouldn’t fill and kept cracking the paint. Ended up dipping into my second can of black for this one. And then my plan to dab the red paint over the top of the black didn’t quite work out - it dried way too fast! I did a first coat on the front, moved to the back, went back to the front with a paper towel and no paint came up, anywhere. Finally hit a point where paint came up, but… Well, it came up all the way to the primer, so that didn’t quite work out how I’d hoped! Currently waiting a few hours for the entire finish to dry so I can wet sand that spot and a few others before finally starting the lacquer coating!

If I can build the hot box in the next few days, we’re looking at having this guitar done by next Wednesday. How exciting!