Hey everyone, hot off the heels of my (dare I say successful) guitar run last year, I've finally announced my first 2015 run. I learned a lot from last years run, some things that worked well, some things I did well, and some things that did not go well and did not work. All in all I think I succeeded, you can read the whole thread (flaws and all) here: http://www.sevenstring.org/forum/de...lard-empress-run-free-upgrades-available.html and if you want, you can pick up one of the extra guitars here: http://www.sevenstring.org/forum/dealers-group-buys/286612-stock-empresses-jillard-guitars.html the main thing that happened from the run last year was a re-analyzing of how my business is set up, and has led to some serious changes in how I sell guitars. Bringing me to my main point: Runs, are the most economical way for you to get a guitar from me, but they will not be as customized as last year. Same quality materials, just a bit more congruent. They are still customize-able, but not in every regard. This will allow me to offer the same quality stuff, but under 3k. I found it was all the little things (control layouts, hardware colors, different nut materials,pickups etc.) that really took the most time, and costed more money for me to make. I've decided to design the guitar runs that I really really want to build, with enough customization to fit your vision as well. I'm hoping the guitars I want to make are the same ones that you want to play. I'm leaving the very very custom stuff for my 'Unlimited Custom' builds, of which I only do 4 per year. Lastly, my business is now registered. Part of what this means is you will get an invoice/receipt, and I will be fully accountable for what I have promised to do. My refund policy will be clearly explained before you pour money into the build. Now, in keeping with this happy moment, this bass run is going to be KILLER. I'm really excited to expand my bass line more, as basses really intrigue me when it comes to design potential. The run is currently set to be 5 builds, 4 of them having tops cut from the same walnut burl billet, the 5th i have to use this spalted maple, and i REALLY want to do a teal stain on it, with some turquoise fretboard accents and stuff, so i photoshoped the spalted maple to be blue. =] If there is interest beyond these 5, I will invest in some more wood billets, and open up more slots instead of doing another small run of something else in the summer. All woods I offer will be selected first come first served, but all the wood is awesome, and there are lots of cool/unique ways that I am finishing these, so you will still be getting a custom guitar. here are some pics of the tops, if you have any questions, please ask, i'm here to help. For top 'C' i'm hoping to do the voids as a natural sound hole, if that tickles your fancy.