Howdy Tone Chasers,
I recently made the decision to move the shop out of the Goat Farm. I’m really going to miss working there every day, and it was an awesome two years. It is a great place full of some of the most creative, hard working people I’ve ever met.
It’s important to make changes when you know you need them. My lungs have been asking for fresh air, and some sunlight wouldn’t hurt either. It’s sad to see the workshop look so empty, but i’m also looking forward to seeing what lies ahead.
In the fall of 2015 my wife and I sold our house to look for a new direction in life, and give us a change of scenery. Not too long after we ended up with the space at the Goat Farm, and I began learning how to build guitars from scratch full time. I was doing mods and partscasters in my space time for fun since 2013. I wanted to give customers a front row seat to watching their instrument getting built.
I had the typical problem of not knowing what I didn’t know. It is funny looking at spreadsheets and plans from when I started. The projections for how many guitars I thought I would build were pretty rosy. I knew that Weybach would not make a ton of money, because most guitar builders don’t. It was more about doing what I am passionate about. You can’t pass that up when you have such a clear opportunity.
After a few years of business you have to think about things like the 80/20 rule, where you ask yourself where the bulk of your positive results come from. I found that repairs were taking up lots of time, while being a smaller portion of revenue. I also found that writing about my work here on weybach.com was providing lots of people, all over the world, with an intangible value that I can’t fully comprehend.
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In many ways doing this was more about sharing and providing a free resource, than building and selling guitars. There are already a ton of great guitars in the world. I don’t need or want to be a one man deforestation operation. I think most guitarists are conscience about this, and use sites like reverb to pick up used gear. I think the trend towards modding mid range Fenders and building parts-casters has grown, because a lot of us have a recessionary mindset, and would prefer to DIY our dream guitar (among other things).
It’s also been a lot of fun hosting open houses as the Goat Farm. It’s cool when you see kids realize that a regular person can actually build a guitar. It was also fun startling them by turning on the big machines. I get a shot in the arm when I hear from parents about how their teen saw my site and decided to build their own thing (I prefer to blame Shark Tank). When you do something like this, you don’t really know what the consequences will be, but i’m glad that they have been mostly positive.
My dream is to find a house with a garage or barn to keep building guitars. We’re considering relocating somewhere a little less busy. It would be so awesome to start working with technologies like CNC, laser cutting, and UV cured finishes. I also want to focus on more original designs, and innovations. It’s hard to build a guitar, but it’s even harder to make new sounds, and push new boundaries.
Keep in touch here or click the social buttons below. I have a few guitars in the works that I’ll finish at some point. I’m also working on doing something with the 1300+ photos I took at the Goat Farm. It’s kind of cool to see how the quality progressed though the pictures, but it’s too many images to put in one post. Let us know where you think we should go, and what you think we should build.