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“I really appreciate the extra mile you guys are going to make sure your customers are satisfied. I have a degree in business and I've studied all that stuff about how companies are doing their best to keep their customer satisfied through marketing and incentives, but I can't think of another company (in any field) that makes me as satisfied as you guys do. I'm sure there are some places that sell materials here in Japan, but even with extra cost of shipping and customs fee, I prefer to buy from LMI, because I can trust LMI's service and quality of materials. No marketing and incentives can match the solid good service and I'm a very happy LMI customer.”

- I.T. Japan.

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   NEW TONEWOOD 
BSCubanMahoganyStrongFlameSQUARE300

CUBAN MAHOGANY BACKS & SIDES
If you treasure Mahogany ... check this out.
Also available for ukuleles.

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NEW ITEM  
BINDINGIndianEbonyBI3IEsquare100

INDIAN EBONY BINDING
BI3IE – Dark color, square edges and bends much, much easier than African Ebony!

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TUNERSBloodwoodReplacmntButtonsSQUARE300

BLOODWOOD REPLACEMENT BUTTONS
(GDBK) • $10 off normal price!!!

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GIFT IDEAS  
BOOKAGuitarmakersCanvasSQUARE300

A GUITARMAKER'S CANVAS
The Inlay Art of Grit Laskin (BM54)

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   NEW TONEWOOD
BSFiguredWhiteAshSquare300 WHITE ASH BACK & SIDES
An intense, tight curl pattern that rivals the most highly figured Maple.
NEW ITEM  
BRIDGEpremadeRepairSQUARE400

MARTIN REPAIR BRIDGES
Indian Rosewood and Ebony bridges for those working in the detail-obsessed repair world.

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   NEW TONEWOOD
BSYellowCedarWYCJsquare200 ALASKAN YELLOW CEDAR BACKS & SIDES
Tight grain • Clear & Light color • Lusterous
NEW ITEM   
CLAMPSGyroJawSPGJ300

GYROJAW VISE ACCESSORY
Holds oddly shaped, tapered or angled objects!

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NEW ITEM  
TUNERSGotoh510sXgoldblkplasticGGV510ZXGBL5square300

GOTOH 510 X-GOLD TUNERS
Available with black or X-gold buttons

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  NEW ITEM  
NECKSBlanksTempered300

TEMPERED NECK BLANKS
"Roasted" wood has many benefits!

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  NEW TONEWOOD
NEWitem11 HEART RIMU
Warm beige and gold colors accented by reddish vertical line patterns.
SELECT-A-SET  
SelectASetSQUARE300

SELECT-A-SET
Individual photos of select premium woods.

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GIFT IDEA  
BOOKALuthiersAlphabetSQUARE300

A LUTHIER'S ALPHABET
OF IMAGINARY INSTRUMENTS

Woodcuts and Poems by Fred Carlson

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MEASURINGDigitalStringHeightGaugeDSHGsquare300

LMI DIGITAL STRING HEIGHT GAUGE (DSHG)
Achieve the perfect string height on your guitar.

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PickguardsTorTisSHAPESlineupaddJ185NOVEMBER NEWS

TOR-TIS 
PICKGUARDS

The beautifully patterned shell of the sea-dwelling Atlantic Hawksbill turtle has been used by craftspeople for centuries. It was used to make inlay, jewelry, combs, eyeglasses and much more. It was used on musical instruments as well. In addition to inlay pieces, you can occasionally find small mandolin pickguards made from it and its widespread use as a guitar pick material is buoyed by the popular impression that for tone and playability, it has no peers.

Fortunately for the poor, nearly extinct Hawksbill (whose shell was often removed torturously from the living animal) high expense and later, legal protection, drove the material from common usage. Now, real tortoiseshell receives the highest level of protection from CITES and its use is strictly illegal throughout the world. Even a small tortoiseshell pick can land you in jail.

Aside from a few custom pieces it has never been used for guitar pickguards. Celluloid imitations of tortoiseshell patterns have adorned instruments made by all the major manufacturers, but unlike the limited offerings found today, the patterns and colors of these early celluloid pickguards varied widely and exhibited unusual depth and detail.

Enter luthier John Greven who during the early 90’s developed the Tor-Tis line of pickguards to reintroduce the tortoiseshell patterns found on beloved instruments from the early 20th century. With depth, individuality (no two guards were the same) and a variety of patterns and colors to choose from, the Tor-tis pickguards became the only serious choice for builders of high-end guitars.

Recently, LMI began producing Tor-tis style pickguards in-house. In order to best present this material’s uniqueness, we now allow our customers to select a pickguard from a gallery of photos and purchase the exact piece they desire. Selling them this way allows our Tor-tis artisans to stray from the consistent aesthetic formulas that had to be adhered to when the pickguards were first sold from the old print catalog. Now they are free to incorporate more of the different patterns and colors found on vintage-era instruments.

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2014 LMI news:

  • OCT: Acoustic Guitar Pickup Choices
  • SEPT: Repair Stuff
  • AUGUST: Do Pros Order Kits?
  • JULY: 3 Cheers for the Red, White and Uke!
  • JUNE: LMI, Luthier Communities 
    and the Upcoming GAL Convention
  • MAY: Our Expanded Shop, ‘Professional Tools’ and LMI Shop Services
  • APRIL: Neck Wood Alternatives
  • MARCH: LMI's Wood Drying & Preparation

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