This is a modern Fender Highway 1 Stratocaster that was changed from “hearing-aid beige” to Daphne Blue.

Cherry Red Epiphone Coronet This was a complete refinish in Cherry Red. This guitar is rumoured to have been owned and played by Steve Marriot. Another complete refinish in Cherry Red.

I built this Les Paul Junior copy from scratch and finished in in Vintage White nitrocellulose lacquer. The body is one piece of mahogany, with a maple neck.

This was a complete refinish in Olympic White. A tinted clear coat was sprayed to mimic aged lacquer.

The body was received in stripped condition and the colours for the 3-tone sunburst were matched to what remained in the pickup cavity. The central yellow area, being semi-opaque is correct for the mid-sixties when Fender under CBS management were saving money by cutting out steps in the finishing process.

This 1961 Stratocaster has been owned by the same person since 1967. Unfortunately the previous owner did the buyer “a favour” by refinishing it in black! It is now Fiesta Red and is fitted with mostly reproduction parts (as it is intended to be played.) All the original parts are however retained and can be …

This Les Paul came to me badly refinished in polyurethane varnish. I completely stripped it (apart from the area around the serial number) and refinished it in nitrocellulose lacquer, using the same bronze powder pigments that would have been used originally.

This genuine 1957 Stratocaster body was bought by a strat collector and formed the base for a rebuild using original parts.

This 1964 Burns Nu-Sonic was brought to me as a box of bits. The owner said that it had been painted in “B&Q polyurethane spray paint” and it was a nasty grey-green colour. My task was to restore it to its former glory. It took a lot of hard work and a pickup rewind but …

The images and text below show you how easy it is to get a great sunburst effect using my nitrocellulose lacquer aerosols. The guitar here is a SAGA HT-10 kit. The first step is to mask off the top and the “faux binding” then to spray the back. Once dry, carefully scrape the edge of …