That was one of my first questions to them. The guitar in question on my end is a Taylor 814ce. When I told him that his response was "What year"?
He said he has all the Taylor Templates and appears to be very well versed on the stock woods and inlay materials used. I would expect that to be true of other makes, including but not limited to Martin.
As you alluded to, I was looking for something, shall we say, reversible, and the TRC seemed to be the best thing. I'm not a big fan of the wood tuners, plus I felt this provided something that I was less likely to run into elsewhere.
And yes, there are many very nice, non-Dead designs, and he is also open to discussing custom designs.
Regarding lead time,
My delivery time is now running about 6-8 weeks.
My standard Payment Policy is to make your item and I will send you an e-mail when it is just about ready to ship.
Payment may be made at that time by Check or you may use a Credit Card using the "Buy Now" button on the "Ordering" page of my web-site here:http://www.nicholsguitars.com/ordering.html
You may also use PayPal
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I think he is on vaca at the moment if anyone tries to contact him. Rest assured, I found him extremely responsive.