It's been a brilliant start to the new year in the workshop. Some awesome guitars in for repair including:
'Gabe' a 1972 J200 Gibson acoustic in to solve some output issues, A Keith Urban limited edition Telecaster in for a pickup swap, a 50+ year old Giannini Classical guitar in for some tlc after being stored for years in an attic, plus a Dean Razorbass V bass in to have a artistian made scratchplate fitted!
Photos of them plus more in the gallery below!
This ace Martin acoustic was recently in the workshop for a full refret after several years of heavy gigging!
The frets has become worn and divoted after years of use, the old frets were removed and the fingerboard prepped for the new frets to go in.
Refretting the traditional way as learnt at Totnes School of Guitarmaking
Once installed the frets were then dressed sorting their edges in the process.
The next step of the process was the precising level and recrowning process.
During the recrowning process, filing the profile back into the fret after they had been levelled. The red line on top of the fret must not be touched by the file, to preserve the level of the frets
The recrowned frets, the next step was a hand polish to remove file marks and bring the frets up to a smooth shine.
With all the work complete the guitar was restrung and ready to be gigged once again!
This ace project ‘HS Anderson Madcat’ telecaster was recently in the workshop to have a Fender neck fitted to it and to be setup!
As the neck pocket was larger and deeper than the Fender neck, the pocket was packed out with custom made shims. This allowed the neck to be correctly seated and a low playable action!
With all the work done, the guitar was then setup and ready for the customer to enjoy!
This ace 80’s Japanese Epiphone acoustic was recently in the workshop for a new hand cut bone nut to replace the broken original one!
The original nut had broken off at the top e string, before the new nut could be made the nut slot was cleaned of old glue!
Mid way through the bone blank being cut and shaped to fit the guitar.
The slots were cut in the new nut using the original as a template to keep the feel of the guitar the same!
With the new nut complete the guitar was restrung, detail cleaned and setup before being ready to return to the customer!
This cool early 90’s Japanese ‘Foto Flame’ Fender Telecaster was recently in the workshop for a setup and some minor fretwork!
This cool Gordon Smith Les Paul was recently in the workshop to have a set of The Creamery pickups fitted, along with a complete rewire including upgraded CTS pots and Switchcraft toggle switch and jacksocket!
The bridge pickup cavity also had to be opened up to allow the fitting of the new pickup!
The cavity beforehand, the customer had already tried to fit the new humbucker before running into problems as the cavity wasn’t big enough. He gave up and it was brought into us to fit the pickup along with the pre booked wiring.
Hi, I'm Lewis, Ive been repairing guitars since 2004, I learnt my craft at Totnes School of Guitar Making!