Newsletter

Welcome to our July newsletter

Our main focus this month has been steel strung acoustic guitar pins. We have been doing further developments on our pin milling facilities which has allowed us to design and manufacture a whole new range of European and North American hardwood pins. This newly built pin mill machine compliments the simpler (but slower!) pin mill we built 8 years ago.

The new pins extend our existing range of pins and compliment our acoustic Bass pins which we have been making for a couple of years.

The new pins have been made and being marketed in the following wood types

Wood TypeDescription
English BoxwoodThis is the hardest English Hardwood. It carves very precisely and has a lovely yellow/lemon colour
North American HickoryThis is a very hard and durable wood. It polishes to an orangey, buff, super shiny finish
North American Black WalnutHere we have a very dark, chocolate coloured wood which polishes extremely well and is easy to mill very accurately
English YewThese trees grow extremely slowly and so a wealth of grain lines are visible giving a wonderful display of natural wood on such a small item
White AshThis is a very hard and durable wood. It is a whitish light colour that matches and compliments both light and dark pin head decorations


Pins Decorations

We have mainly concentrated on 3mm dots for the inlay decoration on the the pins. We also offer all our pins with unadorned pin heads. We have made a new dot making machine which allows us to make dots out of any materials - the range is massive !
All our pins are highly polished using natural beeswax, linseed oil and fine talc abrasive.
Our pins are milled and stored and then finished to order so we can offer any of the combinations you can see  in our range. We are always open to suggestions, please just request the combination you prefer.


Pins Sizes

We have directed our facilties towards 3 Degree pins for this month with diameters of 5.5mm, 5.7mm and 6.0mm at the collar. The 6.0mm pins are large (or oversized) pins which can be used for unusual pin holes.
As a note, the smaller the pin angle the more parallel the pin; so a 5 degree pin is quite pointed whereas a 3 degree pin has a larger size at the base of the cone and is more parallel than a 5 degree pin.


Where next

Our aim next month is to focus on 5 degree pins (which is maybe a more common size), in the same range of diameters and also smaller diameters.
Also, we hope to explore more decoration options, such as engraving onto the pin head ball and, maybe, star shaped dots as can be seen on some guitars.
Many of our products have been developed by suggestions from our customers, please contact us and we can discuss your requirements to find a solution that fits.
Thanks for reading - see you next month
Chris