It's the start of the new year and we're already busy in the workshop. Some lovely guitars have already been through the workshop.
If you've a new guitar for Christmas or getting back into playing as a resolution, please get in touch if it needs a setup or service or any other problem that needs sorting.
We are always happy to work on your guitar, either repair or customisation, Happy Playing!
This ace Squire Mustang was brought in for a new hand cut bone nut and setup. The pictures below show some of the stages of cutting a new bone nut by hand, using the old one as a template to ensure the guitar feels exactly the same as it did from new.
With the new nut fitted, the guitar was setup to the customers playing style before being ready for him to collect!
This ace Fender Jazz bass, owned by The Supernatural, was recently in the workshop to have new custom shop Fender pickups fitted and a new scratchplate.
The bridge pickup was slightly larger than the Mexican body routing, so was carefully opened up by hand to allow the pickup to be fitted. The photos below show the original sized cavity not taking the bridge pickup, this is because early Mexican Jazz bass bridge pickups were the same size as the neck pickup!
With all the cavity expansion work done, the new pickups were fitted and wired in, ready for the bass to go to it's next gig!
With the fretwork complete, the guitar was restrung and ready to go back to it's life of gigging!
The frets were in a very sorry state and needed a hand fret polish to remove years of corrosion.
Here's a link to our Facebook video showing the frets before the polish.www.facebook.com/TorbayGuitarRepairs/videos/1985815861474351
The string anchor was also causing some issues due to it not holding the bottom bass string correctly. We carefully widened out the channel sides and then finished it with black stain and lacquer to protect the metal from the now correctly seated string.
Here's a link to our Facebook video showing the frets after the polish.
With the bass work complete, it was restrung with a fresh set of strings and setup ready to go for it's next gig!
This project strat was brought in as the owner was suffering choking frets on the upper region of the neck. When it was brought in the workshop, it became clear that the neck was not seating in the pocket properly in the heel, causing an incorrect neck angle.
As it turned out, it was the neck that was slightly too wide for the pocket, it was carefully opened up by hand with a sharp chisel to allow a proper fit of the neck and the pocket.
With the neck correctly fitted, the guitar was then set up with an ultra low action to the customers playing style.
This 12 string Paul Brett acoustic was brought in for some upgrades, a new bone nut and saddle, new bridge pins and a setup to complete.
First the new bone saddle was hand cut and shaped to replace the existing plastic one. The new bone saddle was marked out for it's compensated intonation angles.
Once the new saddle was made and fitted, the new bone saddle was cut, shaped and fitted. The old one was a precut factory one that didn't 100% fit the guitar, the new nut was shaped to fit the neck. The old nut was used as a template for the string spacing to ensure the playability of the guitar remained the same.
Hi, I'm Lewis, Ive been repairing guitars since 2004, I learnt my craft at Totnes School of Guitar Making!