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Vanguard65 (VG65)


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Note: I'm by no means a professional photographer so excuse the bad shots. Pro photos will come soon.  :)

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What is VG65 about?
It’s been a long dream of mine to design a custom board that provides something truly personalized to add to the keyboard collection. The Vanguard65 (VG65), is a keyboard kit that serves both aesthetic beauty and function while incorporating a slider and knob. The case design is inspired by the Porsche Cayman, which is a perfect representation of a timeless masterpiece.

This interest check is intended for you to help out with the following:

* Base kit “default” PCB options – soldered, hotswap, iso...
* Include foam dampening kit?
* ISO support for my Euro friends?
* Poll to boil color options to 4 instead of 7.
* Add-on plate material options
* Bluetooth support?
* Weight color and material.

Why the name Vanguard?
Noun. “A group of people leading the way in new developments or ideas”.

IMO - The word, Vanguard, is representative of what I have been able to design, build, and achieve in 2022. Starting with the creation of DOOM switches, which is the 1st of its kind to introduce a new PE material called HDPE into the hobby. Following that, I designed and mass-produced BIGWIG switches which is the 1st switch to introduce and use PBT material as a housing in the Western market. BIGWIG is also the first and only switch to use HDPE/PBT for top and bottom housing combination. Additionally, I introduced a new small switch manufacturer named Meirun. Lastly, the word Vanguard is just f**king cool.;D :D


Plate Materials
Plateless or Full Aluminum, FR4, PC, POM, Carbon Fiber, Brass

Typing Angle
6.5 degrees

Front Height

Brass, sandblasted CC

Gasket Sock PCB Mount

Case Materials
Top - Aluminum 6063 (top)
Bottom - Polycarbonate White Frosted or Black Aluminum 6063


* Custom designed hotswap with underglow
* ANSI/ISO hotswap support
* QMK/VIA compatible
* Split backspace support
* Kailh hotswap sockets
* Universal USB-C daughterboard
What does that slider do?

Prioritizing User experience first, we built an extension within VIA for a seamless user experience to switch the slider on-the-fly with ease.

* Layers Shift: Switch between keyboard layers by allowing slider to to easily transition between your different key bindings set within VIA.
* MIDI encoding: Let the slider act as a MIDI CC, meaning you can program it to pass values to supported software in order to make adjustments on the fly beyond music and photo/video production. We will provide more details of a recommended list of DAW software and open-source apps that you can download free in the builders guide.
* RGB Brightness Control: Set the brightness levels of the case underglow.
* Volume Control: Command your system volume with MIDI companion programs

At the moment, I got carried away with different color options for the case. However, I need to be realistic and would really like your help to boil this down to just 4 options instead of 7.

Colors are confirmed thanks to IC submissions.

* Forest Green
* White
* Black
* Ruby Star Purple

Layout Options
- 65% hotswap pcb
- ANSI/ISO support
- Split backspace support

Group Buy Information

Pricing: $274.99


* Plate: Aluminum
* Plate: FR4
* Plate: POM
* Plate: PC
* Plate: Carbon Fiber
* Plate: Brass
* Hotswap PCB

* GB Start Date: May 24, 2023 at 7:00 PM-CST (USA)
* GB End Date: June 24, 2023
* Delivery Date: Q4 2023NOTE: Time will vary depending on your region. We suggest you contact the vendor for your region.

Main Vendors:

* USA: Keebfront
* CA: Desk Hero
* SEA/PH: Zion Studios
* OCE/AUS: MtnKbd
* EUROPE: Candy Keys
* UK: MechMods
* MEXICO: Switch Club
* MALAYSIA: Rebult Keyboards

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--- Quote from: MrEsosmao on Wed, 10 May 2023, 22:03:08 ---Thanks all who are supporting this project and providing valuable feedback since the IC. This thread will be locked and has now moved to the the new GB forum page.

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--- Quote from: MrEsosmao on Wed, 10 May 2023, 15:00:34 ---Created new section of main post where you can show your support by adding image signature to your profile! :thumb:

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--- Quote from: MrEsosmao on Tue, 09 May 2023, 16:58:28 ---Under specifications section, added slider feature details! Excited to share this with you all  :eek: :thumb:

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--- Quote from: MrEsosmao on Sun, 26 March 2023, 23:03:06 ---Group Buy confirmed! Check out section [Group Buy Information] of the main post for details. Thank you all for the support in helping us bring this project to fruition!  :thumb:

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--- Quote from: MrEsosmao on Fri, 27 January 2023, 14:38:21 ---Proto has arrived! Please excuse the scuff photos - by no means a professional. However, pro photos along with sound tests will be coming soon.
Lastly, the slider handle is having some minor adjustments being made. Will post updates with it included soon too. :D

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--- Quote from: MrEsosmao on Thu, 12 January 2023, 15:14:16 ---Vendors confirmed! Keebfront has been doing its best to ensure that we meet the demand and cut cost by partnering with vendors for your region. All vendor link details can be found in the main post, but currently we've covered -
Indonesia, Europe, Canada, N. America (US/CA), LATAM (Mexico and entire South America), SEA/ASIA, UK. If you thing we've missed your region please let Keebfront know either the IC or on social media platforms.

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--- Quote from: MrEsosmao on Fri, 23 December 2022, 23:02:20 ---Colors confirmed! Thank you all for the IC submissions. I have added additional renders in the COLORWAY section of main post.

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--- Quote from: MrEsosmao on Sun, 04 December 2022, 14:13:36 ---Specs confirmed. Extras will be announced soon along with the 4th case color. IC has been extended so there's time to vote if you have not had a chance. Thanks again everyone!

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--- Quote from: MrEsosmao on Tue, 22 November 2022, 13:33:22 ---Interest Check submissions will be closing in 8 days. If you haven't voted yet - hurry up & pick your favorite colors and more before it’s too late.
Want to take this time to thank everyone for the overwhelming amount of submissions. Ecstatic to share more with you in the coming days.

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--- Quote from: MrEsosmao on Wed, 16 November 2022, 13:28:18 ---Collaboration announcement added to the Colorway section of main post.

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--- Quote from: MrEsosmao on Mon, 14 November 2022, 12:59:27 ---Added a back shot of a full aluminum case within the MORE button under Gallery. IC is still open to help vote on this. Help decide if you prefer polycarbonate bottom or full aluminum case.

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Man this thing is gorgeous.

Reserved and IC filled out. GLIC! This board is awesome.
absolutely stunning, filled out IC. definitely in for at least one if not two depending on the final color options. glwic!!


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