The Halloween is near, and we haven't even begun carving our pumpkins! All because we’re fearfully busy establishing mass production of Jammy Guitars. And if for some, autumn is about PSL (which is pumpkin spice latte of course), for us it’s all about DVT (design verification test). Read on if you want to know more about this abbreviation!
As I've mentioned in the previous update, we have kicked off the initial stage of Jammy Guitars mass manufacturing. And I'm lacking words to describe what a fulfilling experience it is to see the fruits of two years' hard work materializing. So here are the pictures.
Two pieces of the mold for Jammy's fretboard
The upper piece of the detachable frame's mold
First pickguards coming out of the injection molding
These are the very last version of the tooling and the very first molded parts of mass-produced Jammy Guitars. How cool is that?
We've been nitpicking to each and every detail, fine-tuning both hardware and software. And we have achieved quite an impressive result. Judge for yourself: We've managed to reduce the latency from 30+ ms to just about 8 ms. Our goal was something less than 10 ms, so it’s awesome news.
We've also paid particular attention to the pickup sensors. Those are the heart and soul of Jammy Guitar and the bread and butter of your experience with it. To produce those sensors, we've implemented a technology no one has ever used in the music industry before us. So bringing them to perfection requires tonnes of work in programming, electronics, mechanical design — and also a helluva lot of user-testing.
As we can judge from our experience, the best way to get the valuable user feedback is to field-test Jammy at the large music trade shows where hundreds of guitarists can play it on a span of just a few days. The closest one happened to be Music China, so we went there with the latest Jammy Guitar samples:
We've received lots of interest and kind attention from the visitors, and have also confirmed that the pickups responsiveness and sensitivity have improved. On the other hand, we still saw the room for further enhancement. That is the reason we had to deploy our engineers to the manufacturing facilities to tune up those sensors to the condition we needed.
With those improved sensors on our hands, we finally could commence the manufacturing of the very first Jammys, using the technologies and technics we plan to apply during mass production.
This limited batch we're currently assembling will be used for the DVT (yeah, we're back to this abbreviation as I've promised!) Design verification test is a crucial step of mass production. It will determine if we can jump into the next phase right away or have to implement any changes vital to Jammy's playability before proceeding.
The improvements to the pickup sensors took some time to make, so we shifted the production timeline a bit. We plan on giving a more accurate status right after DVT results in November.
We're terribly sorry for keeping you waiting for another couple of weeks, but I believe it will pay off at the end. The highest quality is our main priority, so we can't afford the risk of introducing Jammy to you knowing that we could have done better.
Stay tuned for the next update and please let me know if any questions directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VP of product @ Jammy Guitar
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