It's been a great start to the year, with one of the busiest months we can remember!
There's been some stunning guitars through this month that we've been lucky enough to work on.
Remember we're never to busy to work on your guitar, and these cold winter months are a time to get some serious practice in. Come and see us if there's any customising you want or your guitar needs some TLC!
Don't forget to stay tuned for our detailed posts on certain repairs!
To add some more content to our blog, we're going to show in detail some of the more unusual/complex/interesting repairs that come through the workshop. Enjoy
This Warwick Star bass was brand new, yet the owner had fret buzz, no matter how much he adjusted the action and neck. As it turned out, the frets weren't even so he brought it in for a fret level, recrown and polish.
The first step of the process is to get the neck completely flat under tension, as our process levels the frets while the neck is under tension, leading to a great level of accuracy of levelled frets
You can see where the customer tried to sort the high frets himself in desperation, after he was told he would have to return it to Germany to have it sorted under manufactures guarantee.
The frets are all marked before the filing begins, to give clear indication where the file is removing the high spots on the frets.
The frets after the level, you can see the grey dust where the high spots on the frets were, this is why we always mask a fingerboard when working on a guitar, protecting it from any damage or dirt.
The next step is to recrown the frets to give their curve and correct profile, then they are polished! Once the fret work is complete, the tape is removed and the board is treated with lemon oil.
The finished job, after tweaks to lower the action to get the playability the customer wanted, it's ready for the customer to collect!
Hi, I'm Lewis, Ive been repairing guitars since 2004, I learnt my craft at Totnes School of Guitar Making!