A slightly quieter month in the workshop, with some larger project/repairs rather than lots of smaller repairs in the workshop, which was a nice change to our workload.
Highlights include a Gibson Custom Shop in for fretwork, A Martin Acoustic in for a K&K pure mini fitting, a custom UK handmade Thunderbird bass, and another Martin in for bridge reglue!
If you need any repairs/customisations/restorations then feel free to get intouch!
The original bridge had been replaced with this early high mass bridge, it has seen better days and spoilt the look of the bass. As the new owner wanted the bass back to original look an original bridge had to be sourced.
As it turned out, it was impossible to source an original jacksocket plate, so we hand made a replacement one using the original as a template
The plate was then polished but we left some of the tool marks on the plate, to be in keeping with the 40+ year old bass!
The end strap button has been pushed in sometime in its life, plus it looks like the strap had been moved multiple times. These holes were left as it added to the character of the bass, the sunken strap button needed sorting though! The strap button was packed out to it's correct depth and to be much more usable!
With all the work complete, the bass was detail cleaned and setup ready for many more years of use with it's new owner!
This lovely and extremely rare Kip Winger Jackson Bass was recently in the workshop for a mini restoration. This was a special version of his signature bass, only made for the uk market, and seems only a few still in existence!
The work involved tiding up the electronics and fitting new pots, touching up numerous dings from years of use, staining of the fingerboard plus a fret polish to complete the work!
The various stages of the fret polish, you can also also see the darkened fingerboard, which evened out the very light specks of grain originally in the fingerboard.
The before and after of the rewire and replacement of the broken pots with CTS mini pots
This lovely Custom Shop Fender Stratocaster was recently in the workshop for a setup and sorting a small ding caused by a previous guitar tech!
This hardworking USA Strat was in recently in the workshop for a refret plus a much needed detail clean! It also had a crack in the headstock that needed repairing!
As the hardware was removed for the refret, a crack became apparent in headstock that needed repairing, glue was injected into the crack and then clamped, giving strength back into the headstock and preventing the crack from becoming bigger.
The guitar had seen a lot of use, sadly all the bridge was seized and most of the screws and rusted tight, fortunately the customer wanted the action exactly the same before the refret so this wasn’t an issue. Sorting out the scratchy/ noisy pots, the amount of dirt under the scratchplate was the most I’ve ever seen!
With all the work done, the guitar was restrung and ready to go out gigging!
Hi, I'm Lewis, Ive been repairing guitars since 2004, I learnt my craft at Totnes School of Guitar Making!