Nothing has been shipped yet. I've spent the weekend...the entire weekend, anodizing and packaging the first 900 EpicGrip picks. This means that the early picks may go out a few days later than expected, but having more picks packed means that I will be shipping more picks faster, so everyone should get their picks closer to the same time. I will update the shipping/shipped list as tiers go out to keep you up to date on how fast things are moving.
I understand many enjoy the story of the process, so I snapped a few pictures, and have thrown together a quick review of the process so far.
My nephews came by Saturday and we set up an impromptu assembly line where the eldest nephew, extricated the picks from their blue sheets, removed the left over polishing gunk from the holes, and then did a preliminary acetone wash to remove any residues that would mess up the anodization.
|Step 1, remove picks from the blue sheets...|
|Some proved to be more difficult to extract than others...|
|Gunk in the holes...|
|The Anodization Station|
|over the stove...|
|and into the bags they go...|
Message me if you know anyone who needs an electric stapler from the 1950s... :)
|and organized by finish into boxes...|
Whether you just enjoy the story, or are taking notes on how such projects go before launching a Kickstarter project of your own, I hope you derive something valuable from these posts. This entire process is an education for me, and although my fingers are worn, my back is sore, and my weekends are likely booked for the next month, I am very much enjoying finally getting my hands on the picks and making progress. Each time I look at the pick in my hand, I realize this little thing is going out to someone awesome, somewhere in the world, who is going to enjoy it, and maybe play some cool music, or give it to their friend/partner, who is just learning, or is a seasoned rock star, or...something somewhere in between. Each EpicGrip I pick up is the seed of a story about to be told, and this is the inspiration that drives me tirelessly forward.
Thank you for the consistently positive feedback throughout.
You all Rock!
Bonus mini product review: Right before the picks arrived, I got, (and played about 5 hours with) the new Rocksmith 2014. I give it a huge EpicGrip thumbs up. It's a legitimate improvement over the first Rocksmith (which I also enjoyed) As soon as I'm done shipping out EpicGrips, I'm going back to spend some quality time, free jamming in the new "sessions" mode, which let's you choose backup instruments and level of complexity, and jam in whatever key you want.
Definitely check it out if you want to game-ify the process of learning (or just practicing) guitar.