sustainability (by design and quality) one could argue about this point as a high quality electric guitar is already an instrument made to last decades if not generations if it is taken proper care of. therefore the first point in being more sustainable is for sure to create a high quality and long lasting instrument. improvements over standard instruments are for example
exclusive use of threaded inserts and mechanic screws for all bolted connections of the instruments. This ensures easy maintenance and endless assembly / disassembly operations without introducing wear and always reaching the same tightening torque and required fit of the components
exclusive use of stainless steel fret wire which is proven to last longer than regular nickel-silver alloy fret wire
exclusive use of potentiometers with higher lifetime (standard range of good quality parts is between 10.000-15.000 turns, we use min. 50.000 turns lifetime potentiometers)
exclusive use of low tolerance electronic components (capacitors, resistors, potentiometers) to ensure a steady result in regards to the tonal impact of the electronics
nevertheless the balance can be further improved by addressing the used materials and processes. therefore we are only using local wood for our builds, local manufacturers wherever possible and we do not apply a 'industrial' finish, but a high quality oil and wax finish. the finish is built up in several steps and properly protects the wood but doesn't completely seal it like an industrial type finish. this ensures an amazing feel of the wood surfaces. neck and body are treated and optimized a little bit differently in regards to the applied surface finish. if the instrument may ever be worn to the point the owner doesn't enjoy their 'relic' guitar, this type of finish allows us to refurbish the guitar neck or body surface and rework the finish.
sustainability (by choice of wood / lumber) we at sts guitars believe that we find all the wood / lumber required to build beautifully sounding, long lasting and nice looking instruments within our regions and continent. there is no requirement to import any lumber from overseas. especially in germany we have a high standard for maintaining and cultivating the forests. especially our fretboard materials (pear, plum, almond, ...) are from local trees out of someone's garden or a roadside tree that had to be taken down. we always try to find those trees before they are turned into firewood by the people cutting them down. you can find out more about the wood species used for our instruments - here
regionality a logical consequence derived from the point 'sustainability'. to ensure certain standards in regards to environmental protection, labor ethics, income and social standards as well as reducing the carbon dioxide footprint, suppliers located in germany are chosen whenever possible. In addition these local suppliers secure a high quality standard for all their products contributing to the overall consistently high quality and longevity of the instruments. you can find out more about our suppliers - here