It's been another great month here at Torbay Guitar Repairs we love working on guitars, repairing them back to a playable condition or customising to your dream instrument.
If you're interested in having any work done, please get in touch and we'll be more than happy to arrange us working on your guitar!
Below is some highlights of the guitars recently through the workshop including a vintage Tokai Stratocaster, a Lowden acoustic for wiring problems, a setup on a Gretch Electromatic and a Musicman Sterling John Petrucci signature series!
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!
This ace SG by Vintage was recently in the workshop for a new brass nut and setup!
This ace vintage Hohner Les Paul was recently in the workshop for a mini restoration!
The guitar had been sat for years, the finish was dirty and dull before the clean. It was treated to a full detail clean and hand polish, a new switchcraft jacksocket and mounting plate, wiring tidy, some minor structural repairs along with a full setup to complete the work!
The jacksocket plate was in such a state it disintegrated on removal!
You can also see the cracks in the body through the missing binding, these guitars were made with the top shaped and stuck onto the body, giving a hollow space underneath! With this guitar the cracks were allowing the top to lift off the body!
This ace Jacky Vincent signature Dean was recently in the workshop for a setup after changing string gauge!
This ace Martin acoustic was recently in the workshop for a full refret after several years of heavy gigging!
The frets has become worn and divoted after years of use, the old frets were removed and the fingerboard prepped for the new frets to go in.
Refretting the traditional way as learnt at Totnes School of Guitarmaking
Once installed the frets were then dressed sorting their edges in the process.
The next step of the process was the precising level and recrowning process.
During the recrowning process, filing the profile back into the fret after they had been levelled. The red line on top of the fret must not be touched by the file, to preserve the level of the frets
The recrowned frets, the next step was a hand polish to remove file marks and bring the frets up to a smooth shine.
With all the work complete the guitar was restrung and ready to be gigged once again!
This ace project ‘HS Anderson Madcat’ telecaster was recently in the workshop to have a Fender neck fitted to it and to be setup!
As the neck pocket was larger and deeper than the Fender neck, the pocket was packed out with custom made shims. This allowed the neck to be correctly seated and a low playable action!
With all the work done, the guitar was then setup and ready for the customer to enjoy!
Hi, I'm Lewis, Ive been repairing guitars since 2004, I learnt my craft at Totnes School of Guitar Making!