This month has been another great month in the workshop, with some lovely guitars through that we've been lucky enough to work on.
Some of the guitars that just missed out on a blog post, that are worth a mentioned, are a guitarlele that had a split headstock repair. An 8 string Jackson in for a setup before some heavy studio work. A vintage Kasuga bass guitar, along with two relicd stratocasters.
We've never too busy to work on your guitar/bass so please get in touch if you need any repairs, customisations or restoration work!
This cool Jacky Vincent Signature Dean was in the workshop to have it's floating tremolo blocked off and a setup.
Two blocks of aged mahogany were cut and shaped for a perfect fit to ensure no movement of the tremolo. The advantage of this means stability for the player when doing string bends and greater sustain.
Once the blocks were fitted, to guitar was set to an ultra low shredding action!
This ace Warwick Corvette was brought in after taking a fall on stage, luckily the only damage to the bass was the adjustable nut, which it's base had broken off. This did mean that the bass became unplayable, as the action at the nut dropped to the strings resting on the frets!
This ace and rare 1993 USA Fender Stratocaster was in for a guitar MOT, after sitting for years not being used!
This vintage Epiphone EA-250, belived to be 1960's/1970s was brought into the workshop for a setup due to it having a very high, unplayable action.
Getting into the setup it soon became apparent that the neck angle was wrong, these guitars are well known for the neck pocket failing due to the way they were constructed. When the correct neck angle was set, it left a large void in the neck pocket. The solution was a shim to support the neck.
When the neck was removed, there was already a small cardboard shim fitted, and upon removing that, it became apparent that the base of the neck pocket wasn't flat, leading to a more complicated shim.
A rosewod shim was cut and thicknessed, constantly checking the angle of the neck, at the same time, the neck pocket was glued back together to the lifting top, to prevent the neck pocket sinking any further.
Once the shim was made and fitted, with the neck pocket stabilised, the guitar could be properly setup before being ready for the customer to collect.
This rare limited edition Keith Urban Fender Telecaster was in to have a new set of humbucker sized P90s fitted. These guitars were only available from Keith's gigs, making them a rare and unique guitar to own!
This ace Fender Jazz bass, owned by The Supernatural, was brought into the workshop for a setup, due to buzzing/ choking across the fretboard.
One of the main culprits of the buzzing was the incorrect radius and saddle height set on the bridge, the photos above show the before and after of the saddle adjustment!
Bass all setup, it was ready to be collected and off to it's next gig!
This Tanglewood Memphis was brought in for a new hand carved bone nut and setup, to give a new lease of life to this lovely guitar.
These photos show some of the process of making a new bone nut, every bone nut is bespoke cut specifically for the guitar, to ensure a perfect fit, often much better than the factory fitted standard nut.
Once the new nut was cut and fitted, the guitar was setup to the customers playing style, before being ready to collect!
Hi, I'm Lewis, Ive been repairing guitars since 2004, I learnt my craft at Totnes School of Guitar Making!