Just a few of the jobs that have passed through the workshop recently….
Click on the picture or the link to see the project in full..
Telecaster – Refurb’
Setting up 6-string Bass
Hofner President Bass – Refurbishment
Martin – Partial Re-Fret
Gretsch – Setup
Custom Stratocaster build
Gretsch – Bridge, Nut and Bigsby upgrade
Epiphone – Fret Dress and Setup
Fender Precision Bass – Setup
Burns Steer – Fret Dress and setup
Dean – EMG Pickup upgrade
Fender Telecaster – Body Transplant
Simon & Patrick Acoustic – Reduce action height.
Les Paul – Final assembly
Martin – Bone Nut and Saddle
Fender Stratocaster – Hard Tail
Epiphone Les-Paul – Fret dress and bone nut
Epiphone SG – Bone Nut and Setup
Epiphone Sheraton – TLC
Gibson Les Paul – Fret Dress
Gretsch Pro Jet – tuning stability problems
Gibson Les Paul – Setup
Tanglewood – Lowered Action
Larrivee – Low action height
Martin GPCPA4 with ToneWoodAmp
Custom Built Telecaster
Epiphone Casino – Complete overhaul
Eternal Stratocaster – Sticky Push-Push Switch
Fender Stratocaster – Service and Setup
Ukulele – Nut problem
Tanglewood – Sharp fret ends
Fender Stratocaster – Iron Gear Pickup Upgrade
PRS – Re-Fret
Chinese Gibson Copy – Complete Overhaul
Ibanez RG – Floyd Rose Service and Setup
Gibson SG – Bone Nut, service and setup
Chapman – Service and Setup
Columbus – Service and Setup
Classical Acoustic – Bone Nut and Saddle
Gibson ES335 – Setup
Kremer – Full Service and Setup
Squire Stratocaster – Service and Setup
Snap Dragon – Folding guitar
Kremer – Fret Dress and Setup
Water Buffalo Horn Nut
Fender Stratocaster – Build
Rickenbacker 330 – Bigsby Conversion
Les Paul – Fret Dress and Setup:
Gretsch – Replacement Bone Nut
Eastcoast – clean and setup
Ukulele – New tuning keys.
Epiphone Les Paul – New Pickups
“Vintage” SG – New nut, setup and service
1956/58 Fender Stratocaster – Rebuild
Morris 12 string Acoustic – Freshman Pickup and pre-amp.
Stratocaster – Replacement Neck
Yamaha – Partial Re-fret
Tanglewood – Detached Bridge
Tanglewood – Setup
Vintage Metal XX – Setup
PRS – Pickup Upgrade
Fender Jaguar – Fret Dress and setup
Les Paul – Fret Dress
Custom Built Explorer
Ibanez RG – Fret Dress and Setup
Fender Stratocaster – Clean up
Hofner – Restoration
“Vinage” Acoustic – Fret dress and setup
Gibson – Uneven Frets
PRS – Rebuild
Fender Precision Bass – Setup
Ibanez Semi-Acoustic – Setup
Telecaster – Rebuild
Tokai – Replacement Pickups and re-wire.
Gibson SG – Fret Dress and setup
Bass – Re wire
Innes Sibun “Strat” – Fret Dress and Setup
Classical – Reduced Action Height.
Washburn – Fret Dress and setup
Tronical Min-Etune Auto-tuner replacement.
Jay Turser – Fret Dress and Bone Nut
Gibson E335 – Setup
Gibson Les Paul Custom – Pickup Ring Replacement
Classic Vibe Stratocaster – Pickup replacement
Epiphone Les Paul – Custom wiring and Bone Nut
Ovation – Electric Pickup
Santa Cruz – Setup with lower action.
Freshman Acoustic – Setup with lower action
Classical Acoustic – New nut and Bridge Saddle
1964 Gretsch Country Gentleman – Restoration
Texas Custom Telecaster – Setup
Tanglewood 12 String – New nut
Hohner – New pickups and re-wire
Taylor GS Mini – Electric Pickup
Fender Acoustic – Action Height reduction
Squire Mustang – Setup
Fender Precision Bass – Setup
Telecaster – Intonation problems
US Fender Telecaster – Setup
Washburn – Acoustic Re-string and Cleanup
Gretsch Double Jet – Setup
Martin Acoustic – Freshman Electric Pickup Conversion.
Gibson Les Paul – Overhaul
Ibanez – Fret Dress and Setup
Milan IV Bass
Giannini – Fret Dress and Bone Nut
Gibson ES335 – Fret Dress and Setup
Squire Stratocaster – Fret Dress and Bone Nut
Martin Acoustic – Bone saddle and setup
Classic Vibe Stratocaster – Setup
Bone Nut and Setup
Burns Marquee – Fret dress and setup
Epiphone Les Paul – Setup
Stratocaster – Re-wire and tone improvement
Telecaster – Setup
Samic – Fret Dress and Setup
Martin Intonation Problem
Dean Dime – Service and setup
Custom build, snake skin..
Fender Stratocaster – Custom Build.
Tanglewood Chicago – Re-wire and setup.
Telecaster – Service and setup
Epiphone ES339 – Fret Dress and setup
Richie Sambora Stratocaster – Fret dress and setup
Burns Cobra – Service and setup
Jackson – Custom Upgrades
Gibson ES335 – Bone Nut
Rickenbacker 360 Service and Setup
Epiphone Les-Paul – Fret-dress and TUSQ nut.
Epiphone “Strat” – Service and setup
Tanglewood – Broken headstock
Epiphone Flying-V – New Pickups
Ibanez Floyd Rose:
Taylor Baby – Electric Pickup
Fitted an electric under-saddle pickup
Three pickup Telecaster – Extra selector switch
The down side of the modern 3 pickup Tele’ is you can’t get that classic neck/bridge combination. Click here to see how you can..
7 string Ibanez – Wonky neck
Thought it was a couple of high frets but it turned out the end of the neck was warped. Click here to see how I managed to sort it out.
Ibanez Blazer – Re-fret
Troublesome Jack Socket
Custom Built Telecaster
Sambora – Fret dress and setup
Fender Jaguar – Full Setup
Tanglewood – Fret dress, bone nut and setup
Kremer – Fret dress and setup.
A rather troublesome Telecaster – Fret-dress and setup.
Washburn – Complete rebuild and upgrade.
Love the chance to really do something different. Was given almost free reign to do what I wanted. Turned a rather average guitar into something rather special…
Nice old Gibson SG in need of a good clean-up
A lovely old guitar, in need od some TLC.
US Stratocaster – Fret dress and setup
A fine guitar in need of a little TLC.
Epiphone Bass – Pickup Switch
Add a pickup selector switch to a bass.
Gretsch – Setup and switch fix
A nice new Gretsch, but only one working pickup.
Les Paul – Fret Dress and Setup
Shouldn’t need this amount of work, but now it’s the guitar it should have been.
Ibanez – New Scratchplate
The old one was broken so I fitted a bespoke new one.
Squire Stratocaster – Setup
A brand new guitar, never properly setup at the factory.
The pip for the 5th string was broken so I replaced it.
Ibanez – clean and setup
A great guitar, been well used and in need of a little TLC.
Rickenbacker 4003 – setup
What a great guitar, just needed a setup to make the most of it.
US Stratocaster – setup
A lovely US Strat’ with a ridiculously low action…
EKO – new saddle
Somehow the old one had warped so needed to be replaced.
What turned out to be a fairly easy repair. Fixing the break is quite easy, it’s getting the paint finish right!
Adding an electro-acoustic pickup to an acoustic…
Gibson Les Paul – Fret Dress, Bone Nut and Electrics cleanup
A fairly worn Les Paul in need of some TLC.
Vintage – Fret Dress and setup
A great looking guitar, just needed a little bit of work and now it plays as good as it looks!
Fender Jazzmaster – Broken nut
A chipped nut replaced, and the guitar setup.
Hohner Rockbird Re-Build
What a job! I was given a guitar to look at with the comment “I needs a little bit of work, what can you do?” Well it’s taken a while but I got there in the end…
Not come across one of these before but a great idea if you have a Strat’ type trem’ but don’t really use it…
Martin Spring Clean
A straight forward string change and clean.
Epiphone Les Paul – Fret Dress and Bone Nut
How to improve an average guitar considerably
US Fender Stratocaster, HSS to SSS conversion.
A great US Strat’ but the owner wasn’t happy with the Humbucker so I’ve fitted a new set of Fender Custom Shop single coils
A fairly simple setup. Sadly they don’t always come out of the box set up as you would like.
Custom Built Jazzmaster.
A fairly simple job, build a Jazzmaster from component parts. Choose exactly how you want your guitar, pick exactly the body, neck and parts you want and I’ll build you a top class guitar…
Epiphone Les Paul, Fret Dress, bone nut and Setup
The next long-term project…
Gibson Les Paul, Fret-Dress and tidy up.
A rather worn Les Paul in need of a little TLC
Bare Knuckle Pickups
Fitted a set of great set of pickups to Mexican Strat…
Fender Sonoran – Fret dress and setup
Maning a nice guitar even better.
Telecaster Custom – Rebuild
Turned out to be the “Telecaster from Hell” but got there in the end
Epiphone Acoustic – Full Setup
Epiphone Les Paul – Full Setup
Baby Taylor – High Action
A nice new guitar but it had a very high action making it difficult to play..
Fender Telecaster with tuning problems…
Setting the intonation on a Tele’ is always a compromise. I can give you an easy modification to cure the problem.
US Stratocaster – Clean and Setup
A prime example what’s included in a full setup…
Les Paul Copy
Even cheap guitars can be made to feel and play nicely…
Fender Flame – Replacement Jack Socket
Not a big job but a lovely guitar. Click here to see it.
B C Rick Speedloader conversion
The speedloader is a great idea, until you can’t get the strings any more! To see how I converted it back to accept standard strings click here. Fender Squire – Upgrade (Fret dress, bone nut and new machine heads). Having had the guitar for a while the owner felt it was time to tidy up a couple of problems. Click here to see what I did…
5 String Telecaster..
An odd setup request, Keith Richards style. Click here to see the project in full.
Maverick fret dress and setup
A very green Ibanez
A coplete strip and rebuild, including a fret-dress.
Not really a restoration just a good cleanup of a beutiful old guitar…
A bare guitar. A complete re-build. My part so far is putting in the new frets.
Click here to see the job so far.
Water damaged Rickenbacker 360
Not badly damaged, it just needed a good cleanup and polish. The frets were a little worn so it’s had a fret dress as well For a full description click here
Fender Stratocaster Setup check
Probably the most beautiful Strat’ I’ve ever had through the workshop!!! A truly stunning Guitar. To see a couple more pictures click here Squire Stratocaster with new Telecaster neck A rather challenging job to fit a cheap neck to a used body.. To see it in full click here
1970s Fender Telecaster Custom
I’ve never really been a fan of the Tele’ Custom but this one is really nice… To see a description of what I did click here
Fender Stratocaster – Floyd Rose Setup
A unusual guitar, you don’t often see Floyd Rose Tremolos on Fenders… To see the job click here
Epiphone Bass – Update
A standard SG shaped bass that the owner wants to upgrade. To see how what I did click here
Epiphone Les Paul – Fret Dress and Setup
A good looking guitar. Just needs a little attention to detail to turn it into a great guitar.
To see what I did click here
Epiphone Acoustic – Fret dress and Setup
A well loved but worn guitar in need of a little TLC
To see the job in full click here
A Lovely new guitar but the owner was unhappy with the action height and wanted it lowering…
To see what I did click here…
Peavey Predator – Restoration
A nice old American built guitar. I think it’s been in an attic for some time, the screws have all rusted up but it’s not beyond repair. To see the restoration in full click here or on the picture below….
Gibson Flying V – Restoration
This on has taken far longer han I would have liked but I’ve been waiting for ages for a part to be re-chromed, guess I’ll be using someone else for that in the future! At least it’s come out looking great…. To see the project in full click here or on the photograph below….
Jim Harley – Fret Dress and re-wire
A name you don’t hear too often but quite a nice guitar. It’s been hiding in its case for a while and just needed a good cleanup. The fret dress was just the icing on the cake to make it play really nicely. To view the project click here or on the picture below.
Squire Strat’ – Fret Dress
This sort of guitar probably benefits most from a fret dress. They are not quite as well finished as their Fender cousins but a little TLC and they can be made to play just as well. This one was very worn mind you and really did need it. To see it in full click here or on the picture below.
Vintage “Les Paul” broken machine head
Quite a common repair. A couple of the tuning keys have lost their heads. The easiest way to fix that is to replace them with a new set…Clich here to see the repair
US Fender Stratocaster – Re-Fret
Acoustic Fender – Broken Headstock
Fender Stratocaster – Setup
Epiphone EJ-200, Lower Action Height
Jackson Fusion Pro – Floyd Rose Replacement
Not quite my taste but a nice guitar that’s seen some use and is in need of a little TLC. Click here to see the job in full.
The customer came to me with just about everything for a rather nice Telecaster so all I had to do was mate the neck to the body and add the rest. To see how it went click here.
Music Man Bass – Service and Setup
Simon of “A Thousand Sins” asked me to look at a couple of his guitars, starting with this Music Man Bass. Click here to see the setup.
Gretsch G100 – Fret Dress
A nice looking guitar, I do rather like Gretsch, got a couple myself and rather fancy one of these. Anyway this one wasn’t playing that well but a quick fret dress sorted it out. To see more click here.
Gibson Les Paul – Fret Dress and Bone Nut
Started out as a request for a setup but actually what it needed was a fret dress. To see a full description click here.
Shouldn’t all Telecasters be noisy? Oh not that sort of noise! See what I did to fix it by clicking here.
A nice guitar with an annoying crackle. Click here to see the job in full.
Acoustic Strap Button
A simple request, put a second strap button on an acoustic. Click here to see the job in full.
1960s Watkins Rapier
This has been a long term project but has come out well. Click here to see the whole job from beginning to end
refurbishment and update. A nice guitar, updated with better pickups and hardware to create a really great guitar. To see the upgrades click here.
Encore Strat’ – Service and Setup
This one needed quite a lot doing, more of a restoration than a service. Click here to see what I was able to do
Gibson Explorer – Service and Setup
A fairly new guitar but all guitars can benefit from a service from time to time. To see details of what I did click here.
Another ukulele. This one needed a little more work to achieve a decent playing action. To see what I did click here.
Fiesta Red Stratocaster
Complete re-wire, new Fender “Custom Shop” pickups, new scratch-plate, new bone nut, fret dress and setup. For a step by step review of the project click here.
Repair a hole and general clean up. For a step by step review click here.
Schecter Bass pickup switch
Remove the existing pickup fade selector and replace it with a switch. To see more details click here.
Replace broken nut, replace volume and tone pots, fret dress, full setup. To view full details click here.
Reduce the action height of a ukulele. For full details click here.
Les Paul rebuild
Rather a mess. A complete re-wire, fret dress and general cleanup. For full details click here.