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So far Greg Hails has created 22 blog entries.

UPS Shipping Price increase

Every couple of years UPS increases their prices or adds on surcharges that either a manufacturer- Service company like us has to eat or pass it on to the customer. UPS is the highest priced shipper at this point in time. FedEx and USPS cost less as a rule. Obviously that can change. USPS and [...]

UPS Shipping Price increase 2016-02-21T11:04:13+00:00

Steven Tyler on copyrights and royalties

I just came across an article by Steven Tyler on Copyright. He advised Donald Trump to cease and desist in use of his music in his campaign. He went on to say that he and a group of other well known musicians have started what is essentially a lobbyist group to improve and fix copyright [...]

Steven Tyler on copyrights and royalties 2015-10-14T09:34:00+00:00

The Business of Music

We have decided to start a blog titled 'The Business of Music'.  Music is a business. When I was young and more foolish I didn't think of that so much as I was all involved in the creation and engineering aspect. We all love to play and create but ultimately  it is a business. We [...]

The Business of Music 2017-07-23T09:40:12+00:00

Aperio Discontinues Amazon Payments

Our current payment processor is Stripe and operates world wide. They are extremely secure and dependable. They are friendly to customers and small business alike. Stripe Merchant Collections We have decided to no longer accept payments via Amazon Advanced Payments. It was a feature we offered our customers who do business with Amazon or just [...]

Aperio Discontinues Amazon Payments 2017-07-23T09:40:12+00:00

Setup Specs for the Do-it-yourselfer

People ask me this all the time and I got tired of writing it over and over again in every email I get about the topic, so here is how to measure a setup and what to expect whether you are building a guitar or just setting it up. Rule 1. If the frets are [...]

Setup Specs for the Do-it-yourselfer 2017-07-23T09:40:12+00:00

1956 Gibson J45

We recently had this guitar in the shop for a stainless steel fret job. It's a real honor to work on these old guitars, especially one in as good shape as this was. We discovered after examination that the bridge plate was shot. It is owned by a professional keyboard player who played with John [...]

1956 Gibson J45 2016-05-03T18:08:01+00:00

Aperio Jazzmaster

The latest guitar out of blocks of wood at Aperio is a Jazzmaster style custom build.  This beauty has real mother-of-pearl block inlays on the neck.  It has an alder body with authentic 50’s era Lake Placid Blue paint by PPG. Painted head stock to match.  Maple neck with binding and 6100 stainless steel frets.  [...]

Aperio Jazzmaster 2017-07-23T09:40:12+00:00


The latest project at Aperio was a unique Swamp Ash thinline style custom build. Though hollow, this one has a belly cut which is really cool. In addition this guitar uses top shelf components- Super Vee Maverick Tele Trem Bridge, Joe Barden Strat style Nashville pickups, Sperzel tuners, 6100 stainless steel frets, Ebony position markers, [...]

3D-Thinline 2016-05-01T18:07:40+00:00