Manufacturer Marching To His Own Tune

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My co-worker sent me this article about a graduate student who could not afford the high-cost associated with the custom archtop bass guitar that he wanted. Instead of giving up on his dream, he took matters into his own hands– Jim Normancy, CEO of Normandy Guitars, took his dream and welded it into reality:

Manufacturing is a High Note for Aluminum Guitar Maker

Bass electric-guitar player Jim Normandy once shopped around for an archtop guitar–an acoustic guitar with a full body and distinctive arched top.

But the $3,000 price stopped him short. “Manufacturers were making custom guitars from solid billeted aluminum. I was still in graduate school and couldn’t afford such instruments. So I decided to make a competitively priced guitar. Instead of wood or plastic, I opted to use 0.080-in. aircraft-grade aluminum sheet metal because of its quality and durability,” says the then-future CEO of Normandy Guitars, Salem, Oreg. CONTINUE READING ONLINE AT–>

Are you or anyone you know currently working on an interesting welding application or project? If so, feel free to let us know and…SHOW ME THE METAL™!


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