Due to the Corona Social Lockdown, we've had our shortest month of trading. Here a few guitars that we had through the workshop before we had to close.
The Fender Stratocaster had a killswitch toggleswitch fitted, the Les Paul Vintage was in for a full setup and the vintage Japanese Jazz Bazz was in to have it's pickup foam replaced and the height set.
Although our workshop is closed, we are taking prebooking appointments, so as soon as we reopen we will be back working on guitars! Please get in touch if you're interested in having your guitar repaired/customised/restored!
Updated Customer announcement:
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, We’d like to reassure customers that the workshop is still open, and we are following government guidelines.
Following the social distancing advice, we will only be operating an instrument drop off/ collection only at the workshop, from the doorway or outside (if weather allows). Please don't give us a strange look if we are wearing gloves and a spray mask. We are protecting the health of us and our customer.
All work required will be confirmed by email, phone, text, Whatsapp or messenger.
Don't forget we accept cash, card, payment and bank transfers so happy with whichever payment suits you best thanks.
We kindly ask that any customers showing any suspected symptoms, please inform us and we can postpone your appointment.
We thank you for your continued custom!
Checking the alignment of the new bridge before drilling holes. The holes marked out and drilled for the new bridge. We then plugged the old unused holes the next step was colouring matching them the best we could.
The new bridge plate fitted with the new pickup fitted too.
The nut slot was cleaned out before the new nut could be made. During the new nut cutting and shaping process the bone blank is cut to the exact size of the slot.
This lovely 6 string LTD bass was recently in the workshop to have it’s faulty jacksocket replaced with an uprated Switchcraft one!
This ace 80's Japanese ‘JV serial number’ Squire Stratocaster was recently in the workshop for a mini restoration, including sorting noisy electronics, sorting worn saddles, along with fitting new locking Gotoh machineheads!
The new locking machineheads have the exact same footprint as the vintage style originals. Very cleverly the locking pins are housed inside the post without changing the appearance of the vintage style tuner, we love those machineheads and have recommended them for years!
This vintage Ovation was recently in the workshop for a top crack repair, wiring fix, setup and new nut!
The customer has previously been told by numerous people that the guitar was beyond repair due to its construction!
Once we’d sorted the crack and made the new bone nut, along with sorting some faulty wiring, it was setup ready for the owner to bring it out of retirement!
With the crack glued down the refinishing process could begin
The finished result of the crack repair below
Once the top was repaired the new nut was cut and shaped from a bone blank.
With the new nut made, the faulty wiring was fixed and the guitar was setup!
This lovely Vintage Epiphone by Gibson Sheraton was recently in the workshop for a mini restoration!
The work involved recrowning and hand polishing the frets, sorting the wiring including a new switchcraft jacksocket, new control knobs, a hand cut custom scratchplate along with a detail clean and setup!
The fingerboard was the dirtiest we’ve seen in a long time!
The frets were worn from years of use. The frets are marked before the recrowning begins so the filing can be done up to the top of the frets
The recrowned frets, you can see the red line which remains untouched, preserving the level of the frets.
The frets were then hand polished.
The original scratchplate had become warped and the customer fancied a change
The original scratchplate had become warped and the customer fancied a change. We marked out the new material.
The new scratchplate next to the old one, unfortunately our half way through making photo was too blurry to use.
With all the work done, the guitar was setup before being ready for the customer to collect!
This cool Teebird Aerocaster, complete with a telecaster Trem King bridge tremolo, was recently in the workshop to have a new CTS volume pot fitted to solve it’s minor output issues!
Hi, I'm Lewis, Ive been repairing guitars since 2004, I learnt my craft at Totnes School of Guitar Making!