Tuesday, 11 July 2017

FIRST EVER ANDREW KNIGHT GUITARS "SALE"!

Hi everyone,

thanks to all of you who continue to read this journal and support me and my little shop. I hope to keep-on fixing your guitars, and making them play better, for many years to come.

I may have said this before but "the building renovations are almost done!" Hah!

I can only laugh about it now, no point being pissed off any more! But the final woodwork (skirting boards etc.) will be finished tomorrow. Finally. Apparently...

I've actually been back in the shop and open as usual for the last few weeks. Doing guitar repairs as I've always done. The decor and fittings are slowly coming together, my tools and parts are back in place, and I'm gradually picking up the rhythm of the whole thing again. I've got quite a bit of work on (and a decent backlog to catch up on) but most importantly the whole wonderful balancing act is back in the ring, and just as it ever was. Phew.

Only slight issue is that the account spreadsheet has spread itself a little thin. Back to normal is good - two months of limited income is bad.

So I've decide to have a "sale". It's a modest one to be honest - the two items on "sale" so far are a couple of guitars that I made a few years ago that have, so far, inexplicably not found a home. Photos are attached...

First is the Scintilla "Green Dolphin". Thinline "Telecaster" style, American red alder with a swamp ash cap, rock-maple neck, Fender pickups, hand-made, absolutely one-of-kind. I had it listed at $3295. If you have $2295, it's yours.



Second is the AK "Cherry Special". Single-piece Honduran mahogany body, Honduran mahogany neck, Gibson P-90 pickups, PRS-style neck. One-piece body! It's technically a Gibson Les Paul Special but with an ergonomic Strat-style body. I had it listed at $3295. Also now at $2295.



Nevertheless! My shop is fully functional again, even I seem to be so (!), and all is, thankfully, just as it ever was. Yay!

Feel free to drop by for a chat (or a guitar repair) any time soon.

AK


Wednesday, 5 July 2017

SITUATION NORMAL

Hi again,

it's been a while since I last posted, but that's because it's all been (well, almost all been) good news. The shop has been open as usual for the last three weeks, and I'm gradually gathering it all back up again. The final renovations should be finished by the end of this week, and things will be back to the way they were.

My dear landlord has gone way overboard with the renovation thing, way more than just mere flood-restoration, and the place is starting to look quite spiffing. To be honest, I wish he'd just thrown a cheap carpet down, so that I could open up and trade as normal ASAP, but no-one can argue with the good doctor, and he has had his way. His lovely old building will look splendid, and mere tenants (such as I) can bask in this splendour. I sure hope all of you dear friends and customers of mine fully appreciate the commitment that my landlord has made. At my expense...

Did I say that out loud? Oh, yikes, I did.

Ah well.

All good now, folks. I'm back open and all is as it was. More than happy to see you all, and to once again make your guitars play as well as they can.

I'm going to post on this journal at least once a month from now on. I'll let you all know about interesting jobs that I have done, anything curious, recent developments, and guitar stuff in general.

Please feel free to email me with any questions, or anything interesting you have to offer.

In the next post I'll be listing a few "sale" prices on some of my guitars. I have to catch up on the down-time caused by the floods. If there is one of my guitars that you've had your eye on, it may very well be quite a bit cheaper for a month or so...

Keep well,
AK






Sunday, 4 June 2017

FULLY OPEN AGAIN TUESDAY 6th JUNE...YAY!


Hi folks,

finally...I will be fully open again this Tuesday 6th June. The anniversary of D-Day (which was co-incidentally also on a Tuesday). So now we know that the calendar repeats itself exactly after 73 years. It had been beginning to feel like it would be 73 years before I could re-open...

Clearly the threat I suggested in my last post (that I would get Lisa to do the renovations) worked. My shop (which many of you will know as being two small rooms in an old office building) would have taken two tradesmen about two-and-a-half days to fix. It is now, after a month, more-or-less done. I'm beginning to think that my little business was not high on the list of my landlord's priorities...

But all good.

In a fit of optimism I had hoped that this "down-time" from being open would allow me to make decent progress on the long-term jobs (restorations, re-finishes etc.) that I have on the books, but it didn't quite work out that way. I spent more time moving in and out of the shop, moving guitar cases around in my overwhelmed workshop, and searching for parts (for the jobs I actually got to work on) in the storage boxes cluttering my shed, than I did fixing the guitars. So I'm pretty well where I was (with that stuff) before the flood.

My long-standing "one shop, two workshop" strategy has worked fine for the last 12 years. This recent "no shop, one workshop" paradigm has failed miserably.

But enough of this negativity-ism-ness... back to normal this week! Yay!

Be there or be square!

AK

Thursday, 1 June 2017

OPEN AGAIN!

Hi folks,

yes, that's the good news - I am open again. Phew. My usual hours: 1.00pm - 5.00pm Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

The slightly bad news is that the renovations are still ongoing, and I won't be able to move all of my stock, tools and parts back for a little while yet. I'm basically coming into town each day with a station-wagon load of stuff.

Good news is that you will be able to drop off and collect your guitar-repairs just like in the good-old-days (BTF). Yay!

Other slightly bad news is that I probably won't be able to do on the spot repairs until I have everything back in place (although I did do one today). Most of my parts are still in storage, but I do have a small assortment of switched and jack sockets at the shop, so I will be able to do quick soldering jobs. I'll also have a mobile tool case and a selection of strings and things, so I may be able to do some stuff. Otherwise you can book them in as usual.

One of my regular customers (Ewan) said an interesting thing to me today. He said, "they say moving house is one of the most stressful things you can do - you've been doing it every few days for the last month". Yup, that just about sums it up!

But the light at the end of the tunnel is growing (slowly) brighter.

That "slowly" is becoming a matter of some concern. I mentioned in the previous post that the builders were great. They were. This week they have done much less than I'd hoped. Frankly, two guys could knock this job over in two or three days. Lisa renovated our spare room quicker than this, all by herself (while I was fixing guitars). So tomorrow I'm giving them an ultimatum - finish it over the weekend or I'll get Lisa to do it!

Seriously, I can't wait to get my funny little guitar shop back in order so that we can all forget that this whole thing ever happened.

My income has taken a bit of a hit while I've been dancing the open-closed-open-again two-step, I've pretty well exhausted my modest savings (and just spent most of what's left on a couple of parts orders to stock up on essentials), and the phantom government flood assistance grant is nothing of the sort, so there may be a few guitars for sale at bargain prices when I get back open properly!

So. Please drop by, call, email, or send carrier pigeons - I am back in place and all is (almost) well in the world of Andrew Knight Guitars.

Thanks for all your support, good vibes, and patience,

Andrew


Saturday, 27 May 2017

RE-OPENING!


Hi,

my little shop will be open again from next week  - usual hours: 1.00pm - 5.00pm Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

The first week or so will be a bit wacky, as the builders will be completing the renovations, but after that things will be back to normal (or what passes for normal 'round here).

Phew.

This has been a longer struggle than I would have thought, and it's not at all down to me. It took us about two weeks to clean up after the flood, nasty work, but was then able to re-open my shop just as before (albeit with a  compromised decor...) for the best part of three weeks. I then had too re-close because my landlord had building insurance, and that had all kinds of stupid modern caveats attached: asbestos underlay; potential mould and damp in the partition walls; dodgy wiring that has worked for decades, but doesn't meet current standards. Renovations have to be made to meet current regulations.

The builders have been great - they have tried to keep me up to date, and give me reasonable schedules for the completion of the work, but they too are at the mercy of the tradesman they employ. The flooring guys, for example, were not only working on my rooms, but also the Worker's Club, the AZA Motel, and several other jobs.

I understand...the whole TOWN is still being renovated!

I'll be semi-normal next week, and back to full normal the week after. Yay!

I've been working through the backlog of repairs at home, so If you have a guitar currently booked in with me, there is a more-than-good chance that I have worked on it, and it is ready to bee collected. I will call or email as many of you as I can but, if you don't hear from me, please call or email and I will get back to you, or reply to your message, as soon as I can.

Aargggh...

I've said that a few times recently..

Almost back the way it was. Please keep in touch.

Andrew


Monday, 22 May 2017

THE SAGA CONTINUES...

Hi again,

well, the renovation saga continues...

The flooring guys haven't finished yet. Apparently they're juggling several jobs and are doing them all on a rotation schedule. Meaning I'm still not able to re-open the shop. Apparently they will be finished by Thursday, and then the builder can get in and do his stuff.

I finally spoke to the builder again yesterday and he assured me that I WILL be able to re-open next week. Phew.

Meanwhile I'm getting through the repairs at my home workshop.

Light at the end of the proverbial tunnel...

Thanks for your patience - see y'all soon.

Andrew

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Wednesday 17 May 2017

Hi everyone,

it's me again.

Just heard from the building owner that the flooring guys were indeed in there today, and will also be doing their thing Thursday and Friday. So that writes this week off for me (and you guys too). As expected. Walls we can ignore - floors we have to stand on...

I actually opened up yesterday (Tuesday) and had a relatively normal day booking repairs in for work, and having other repairs collected (and paid for). Seven guitars in, five guitars out - just about normal!

I did this with a skeleton version of the shop ( a bench, a laptop, my old tuner, my EFTPOS machine) and it was ok. If I have to do this for the next week or so, so that you can drop your guitars in to me, I can repair them, and you can pick them up and pay for them (!), then all will be fine. Just as it ever was.

Only differences will be that:

a) I do ALL of the repairs in my home workshop for the time being...no problem.

b) The guitars for sale (both mine and those on consignment) won't be on display (although I am going to post them all on this journal, just in case any one is interested). There may even be some splendid deals  (given that my cash flow has temporarily become a cash-trickle...).

c) Temporarily at least, my little shop won't have all of the interesting, amusing, and hopefully enlightening paraphernalia that was there to engage you (while I was ignoring you while on the 'phone to someone else). I can guarantee that the re-born version of my silly little shop will be even more interesting and welcoming.

Everything else will be pretty-much as it has been for the last twelve years (that I've been open and trading in Lismore).

If you do drop by my shop and I'm not there, you can always book your guitar in with one of the other local music shops - Planet Music, Russell's Music, Byron Music, and also Valiant Music. I have a great relationship with all of these stores, do repairs for all of them, and they will be happy to book your guitar in so that I can pick it up and repair it.

Please assume that next week I will be open as usual, But if you're coming from some distance, please contact me the day before to make sure I'll be there.


Can I just say this..."Aaaaargggghhh!"

Thanks, as always, for your support. It will be back to normal soon!!

Andrew