P-90 Telecaster complete

This guitar was built on commission from a customer. It features a two-piece ash body from Guitarbuild, an AllParts V-profile neck and P-90 pickups from Wizard Pickups. The body is finished in my dark “53” Butterscotch lacquer, and body and neck have clear satin lacquer top coats for a silky smooth feel.  

Skiffle Cat Jazz Guitar

I spent just about all of today rewiring this jazz-style guitar. It was made by Skiffle Cat who may well now be defunct? It’s not the greatest guitar in the world but it is very servicable and now sounds the business. Last time it was here I dressed the frets, gave it a new …

Over the last few weeks I’ve been fortunate to have some unusual 70s basses in the workshop. It was a coincidence that they were all here at the same time, although the two fretless basses were brought in by the same person.   Wal Pro II Bass The Wal Pro series of basses was …

Telecaster build for Matt

I finally finished this build today – a Tele style guitar which uses a Warmoth vintage style body and an AllParts fat neck. The ash body was stained and sprayed with a few coats of clear satin nitrocellulose lacquer for a natural look. The pickups are Bill Lawrence and also fitted is a┬áBill Lawrence …

Vintage Lemon Drop upgrade

I recently performed a full upgrade on a Vintage Lemon Drop guitar. These guitars are great value for money but obviously at such a low price, some components are going to be less than top quality. The full list of changes is: bone nut Sperzel tuners Tonepros nickel bridge and tailpiece Tonerider Alnico IV …

Neck pickup The first job is to find the right postion for the neck pickup. Place the pickup in the cavity and thread the wires through to the control cavity. Place the pickguard on the guitar and position the neck pickup central in the hole. Being careful not to move the pickup, remove the …

First job was to modify the bridge plate so that the wires from the piezo saddles would pass though. The holes were drilled just large enough for the plugs to fit through and the edged chamfered with a countersink bit to avoid any sharp edges and chafing of the delicate wires. The hole positions …