It's been another busy month in the workshop with some lovely guitars in for repairs and customisations.
Enjoy some of the highlight photos below, including some a lovely Fender Jaguar, a stunning Gibson Les Paul, a cool Peavy Marvel Ghost Rider guitar and an 1980's Ibanez Roadster bass!
We're never to busy to get your guitar/ bass to it's playing best so get in touch if you're in need of any repairs, customisations or restorations.
The nut also needed replacing, this was replaced with a bespoke hand cut nut to restore playability. Work all done, the guitar was restrung and setup, ready for the customer to collect!
This lovely limited edition Variax, owned by The Supernatural, was brought in the workshop to get the guitar ready for gigging,
The work involved a fret polish including removing sharp fret edges, the tremolo blocked off with an aged mahogany removable block, a new bridge pickup fitted, cutting the nut slots to the fingerboard radius and finished off the work with a setup!
Once the fretwork was completed, the guitar was reassembled, restrung and setup ready to be gigged!
This ace Fender Telecaster was recently in the workshop to have it’s frets recrowned, a setup and a new bone nut hand carved to replace its worn out original one. The slots on the current nut were so low they were causing playability issues.
Below shows the process of removing the old nut and cutting the new one, using the existing one as a template for string spacing.
This lovely vintage Tokai Les Paul Reborn was in to have a new bone nut handmade, a fret recrown with polish and and a full setup. Imported over from Japan, the new owner wanted it to it's playing best, the original nut had been previous cut so low, it was buzzing on the lower frets.
Next step was the fretwork, recrowning them to remove the flat spots from years of playing. These frets were in good shape for the ages of the guitar, the earlier the frets are recrowned to remove the wear, the better the result and the longer the frets last too!
With all the fretwork and the new nut made, the guitar was setup before the new owner could enjoy his new purchase
This lovely David Oddy Handmade Acoustic was in the workshop for a setup, this guitar just oozed tone!
It previously had had major repair work by a well known local guitar shop after owner accidentally left it in a very warm room for an extended period of time.
This caused the top of the guitar to sink to the point it cracked the top around the fretboard, this all was repaired but the top was still so low than a new tall bone saddle had to be made to give any sort of playable action!
The customer had then stored the guitar away in a much more stable environment and over time the guitar top moved back to its original shape. This then meant the action on the saddle was really high and this is where we resetup the guitar to its original low action.
This guitar is a great example of how much wood in guitars can expand and contract in different environments!
This ace Aria Elecord was recently in the workshop for a setup involving a new saddle, the guitar had 12 inch fingerboard radius and a 9.5 inch saddle. This lead to pretty much unplayable action.
The solution was a new hand carved bone saddle made, matching the 12 inch fingerboard radius, allowing a much easier playable action!
The original plastic saddle, you can clearly see the tall action due to the radius of the saddle.
With the new saddle fitted, the guitar was detail cleaned and restrung before being 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!