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NEW MATERIALSFOR AN AGE OF  SCARCITY    Music Trades July 2011                             Mike Grosek
FLAXWOOD??Manmade TonewoodNatural Fiber Composite   Composed of polymer infused with spruce fiber   Finland has enough...
U.S. LACEY ACT AND FLAXWOOD International restrictions make it increasingly  problematic to trade in protected wood speci...
CREATING THE GUITARS Necks, Bodies, and backplates – Injection-molded    Hand-assembled, hand-finished, and fitted with ...
DRAWBACKSProduction Costs   Investments in injection-molding machines drive retail price upEach instrument between $2,0...
 Bolt-on Neck design lowers price   Neck made of composite joined with body of European Alder   These hybrid guitars ha...
MARKET FOR FLAXWOODManufactured in North Keralia, Finland.Distributed in 19 countriesSales in U.S. less driven by envir...
OTHER USES FOR FLAXWOOD Prototyped fingerboards and tailpieces for outside      instrument makers Shells for snare drums...
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  1. 1. NEW MATERIALSFOR AN AGE OF SCARCITY Music Trades July 2011 Mike Grosek
  2. 2. FLAXWOOD??Manmade TonewoodNatural Fiber Composite  Composed of polymer infused with spruce fiber  Finland has enough Spruce trees to supply 1,000 years  Hardens to a material with no grain or structure  Conducts sound uninterrupted  Virtually impervious to fluctuations in temperature and humidity Density comparable to Ebony
  3. 3. U.S. LACEY ACT AND FLAXWOOD International restrictions make it increasingly problematic to trade in protected wood species. Flaxwood is not affected by the Lacey Act. Environmentalists support Flaxwood for obvious reasons.
  4. 4. CREATING THE GUITARS Necks, Bodies, and backplates – Injection-molded  Hand-assembled, hand-finished, and fitted with premium electronics Unique “3-D” neck joint gives a neck-through appearance If you lined up 100 of them, they’d all be identical  Parts, Dimensions, and specific gravity are uniform
  5. 5. DRAWBACKSProduction Costs  Investments in injection-molding machines drive retail price upEach instrument between $2,000 and $4,000
  6. 6.  Bolt-on Neck design lowers price  Neck made of composite joined with body of European Alder  These hybrid guitars have suggested retail of $1,299 and MAP of $999 At winter NAMM 2011 Hybrid designs compared similar to All-Composite line guitars
  7. 7. MARKET FOR FLAXWOODManufactured in North Keralia, Finland.Distributed in 19 countriesSales in U.S. less driven by environmental concerns than in Europe  Tougher to sell in U.S.
  8. 8. OTHER USES FOR FLAXWOOD Prototyped fingerboards and tailpieces for outside instrument makers Shells for snare drums  Stone dust composite Electric Bass Models Furniture, Automobile, and Home Construction Industries

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