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 Suhr, a signature Gordon Giltrap Vintage 12 string acoustic, a 80's Japanese Aria bass, an ace Blueridge acoustic, along with a Chowny 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.
This cool 8 string Jackson was recently back in the workshop to have it’s loose strap button sorted after years of heavy gigging!
The screw had worn away the wood so much a new mahogany block insert had to be cut and fitted before the damaged area could be sorted!
The cosmetic work then begin firstly staining the exposed wood black. The area was then lacquered, which was flattened back and polished, hiding the repair work before the strap button was refitted!
This ace Kentucky Mandolin was recently in the workshop to have a K&K pickup installed, plus a strap button while it was in!
Due to the K&K being internally mounted and the bridge tailpiece, the barrel jacksocket and wiring had to be changed to allow the pickup to be fitted. A Switchcraft jacksocket was fitted to the bottom side of the Mandolin and the wires from the pickup were shortened/lengthened to allow the pickup to be fitted correctly!
The old glue was carefully cleaned off the guitar top and the detached bridge, to allow the new glue clean wood fibres to soak into. The next step was reattaching the bridge to the guitar.
Before the bridge was reglued, the correct position was located. Locating pins and holes were drilled and fitted to ensure the correct position when clamped and glued.
The next step was gluing clamping the bridge, and clamped. The area is left quite open to allow access for the excess glue to be wiped away!
Once repaired, the guitar was detail cleaned and restrung ready for many more years of use!
This ace PRS Angelus acoustic was recently in the workshop for a setup and to have an Tonewood Amp effects unit fitted!
The Tonewood amp is held onto the guitar by magnets internally fitted to the guitar, allowing it to be removed at any time!
This lovely bass build was recently assembled in the workshop from official Fender parts sourced by the customer!
The first job was to sort the neck pocket on the brand new body, as the neck wouldn’t fit as it was slightly too wide for the pocket so the pocket was carefully opened up hand.
The body was predrilled for a through strung body, so the Fender string ferrules were fitted.
The Fender through strung bridge had to be specially sourced.
The neck, bridge and pickups fitted to the body along with the strap buttons.
The vintage scratchplate has warped in the middle so the decision was made to drill and fit an extra screw.
The customer wasn’t a fan of the bevelled edge where it met the control plate, So it was carefully hand filed to a straight edge allowing the control plate to be fitted right up against the scratchplate.
The bass was strung up for a trial stringing to make sure the pickup and neck alignment was correct. The screwholes were drilled for the scratchplate and control plate
The cavity wasn’t deep enough for large CTS pots with the scratchplate and control plate used had to be made deeper at one section. The cavity was extended by hand with the notch to help path of the wires. Once done, the control was fitted.
With all the work complete, the bass was collected and went straight into the studio for the bands album recording!
This stunning limited edition custom shop Fender Stratocaster ‘64 reissue, in Sherwood Green, was recently in the workshop for a minor setup!
The old machineheads compared to the new Gotoh machineheads fitted!
Hi, I'm Lewis, Ive been repairing guitars since 2004, I learnt my craft at Totnes School of Guitar Making!