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Record Ball-End Bonanza

This guitar rattles like a pair of rattlesnakes playing the maracas! …This Taylor 110e is in for a refret…we thought it sounded a bit strange when we got it on the bench… Maybe the customer likes the extra percussion backing but we’ve never seen so many old string ball ends inside a guitar! We find lots of oose* usually, plectrums too…oh and a pair of knickers once…but that’s another story! Can you beat this?

* oose [uːs]
n
Scot dialect dust; fluff
[of unknown origin]

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Steinberger Control Panel

wpid-IMG_20131114_123931.jpgWe made a neat polished pickup selector panel for our customer who prefers mini toggle switches instead of the standard 5 way blade switch to select pickups on his Steinberger. Nice!

 

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1964 Gibson 330 Left Hand Conversion for Southpaw Rockstar

This is a lovely instrument. the guitar has been converted to left hand operation previously by another repairer. The job’s been carried out well with all the controls being fitted in the correct place…but the job was not finished, leaving unsightly unfilled holes in the top of the guitar. The guitar’s in for a refret as the (original) frets have worn so low that the strings are now wearing away the rosewood fingerboard! We’ve done our usual high quality job on the refret and I think a little cosmetic work is required to improve the lopsided looks of our hero! The pictures tell the story really. I have to say that this type of work is rewarding. To work on such a great instrument and to be able to restore it to a high standard, improving its playability, function and aesthetics is a satisfying job.

The Gibson 330 is a close relative to Epiphone’s Casino and the quality of both instruments in the 1960s was so close as makes no difference. For the tones…check out all of The Beatles Rubber Soul and Revolver. John Lennon used a Casino fitted with the original P90 pickups…just like this guitar… practically his whole recording career. An extremely versatile guitar that will fit into any genre of music. Unlike the similarly shaped Epiphone Sheraton or Gibson 335,345 et al which are constructed with a solid block running the length of the guitar body, the 330 is completely hollow. The 330 and Casino also come fitted with single coil P90 pickups with dog-ear covers rather than the humbucking pickups of the afore mentioned guitars.

Interestingly (assuming you’re interested), Andy Summers has a left handed Gibson 335 which has been converted to R.H. for him pics here
…spot the plugholes!

We'll polish the dust off before we return it...Honest!

We’ll polish the dust off before we return it…Honest!

The frets are orignial and they're so low that the strings are wearing away the rosewood fingerboard...Not Good!...we'll refret this and fill the worst of the fingerboard wear. Can you see how age and light has faded the block inlays? They're almost transparent!

The frets are orignial and they’re so low that the strings are wearing away the rosewood fingerboard…Not Good!…we’ll refret this and fill the worst of the fingerboard wear. Can you see how age and light has faded the block inlays? They’re almost transparent!

An amazing instrument. Lovely patina and original cracking on the beautiful sunburst finish. So this guitar was originally a right handed instrument

An amazing instrument. Lovely patina and original cracking on the beautiful sunburst finish. So this guitar was originally a right handed instrument

I'm going to fill and refinish the original control holes sympathetically. You can see how the finished has faded or has not faded with regard to what was originally the pointer for the bridge tone pot

I’m going to fill and refinish the original control holes sympathetically. You can see how the finished has faded or has not faded with regard to what was originally the pointer for the bridge tone pot

I'm midway through reprofiling the new fretwire here. I think the ageing on the finish and on the nickel covers looks great

I’m midway through reprofiling the new fretwire here. I think the ageing on the finish and on the nickel covers looks great

..so the frets are all in and just awaiting their final polish

..so the frets are all in and just awaiting their final polish

Just a closeup of our finish on the fretends of the new frets...and another chance to checkout the translucent fret markers

Just a closeup of our finish on the fretends of the new frets…and another chance to checkout the translucent fret markers

I'm cleaning up the control holes here as they're not quite perfectly round. The plugs I'm fitting in to fill the gaps are

I’m cleaning up the control holes here as they’re not quite perfectly round. The plugs I’m fitting in to fill the gaps are

Here I'm fitting timber plugs that match the grain of the top. I've hand cut these mostly using a plug cutter of the correct diameter

Here I’m fitting timber plugs that match the grain of the top. I’ve hand cut these mostly using a plug cutter of the correct diameter

The timber plugs have now all been fitted and I'm papering the top having previously used a sharp chisel to reduce the overlap so that they are precisely level

The timber plugs have now all been fitted and I’m papering the top having previously used a sharp chisel to reduce the overlap so that they are precisely level

I've hand stained the timber plugs to approach a match on the body. It's impossible to make them disappear but at an initial glance...and certainly from the audience they're not visible

I’ve hand stained the timber plugs to approach a match on the body. It’s impossible to make them disappear but at an initial glance…and certainly from the audience they’re not visible

The tinting is sympathetic with the fading of the finish. It would be madness to refinish this instrument

The tinting is sympathetic with the fading of the finish. It would be madness to refinish this instrument

...just a close up of the body here

…just a close up of the body here

another gratuitous shot...lovely f-holes!

another gratuitous shot…lovely f-holes!

50 years of ageing!

50 years of ageing!

 

We Set-Up Stone Roses Basses for the Reunion Tour 2013

In early 2013 we were asked to strip Mani’s 2 Epiphone “Jack Cassidy” basses so that they could be covered in an artwork by Glasgow artist and 2005 Turner prize nominee, Jim Lambie. Here you can see the basses before, during and after their transformation…like virtual butterflys emerging from a chrysallis if you like … oh…suit yourself!!! They arrived straight from the factory in their boxes looking and playing just like a standard Epiphone bass. We set them up at that stage… sorted the fretwork and the playability out so that would be sorted when they came back from the vinyl wrappers. The graphics for both guitars were designed by Glasgow artist Jim Lambie. the designs were transferred on to a vinyl wrap by a company who usually make printed vinyl advertising signs for taxis and buses. They came back to us strikingly transformed a few days later as you can see. We then put them back together, gave them a check over, making sure they were setup to our required standard then sent them off to Mani. Job done.

Mr. Lambies trademark striking concentric coloured striped graphic is instantly recognisable and the silver mirror finish resplendent with an image of the legend who is Dave Hill of Slade (don’t ask me…ask Jim or Mani!) certainly can’t be found in your local guitar store but they looked great hanging round Mani’s neck on stages all over the world throughout 2013…audiences were certainly able to see him from the back of the stadium!

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Making a Pinless Bridge in Ebony

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Our good customer Stevie Gilles loved his Larrivee guitar but changing broken strings during the gig was, to use his phrase, rippin’ his knittin’ …I designed and made him a pinless bridge in ebony so his cashmere would remain unperturbed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Datsuns Were Pretty Heavy on their Guitars!!!

[tube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OW4YKMa7OAs[/tube]
The Datsuns bust their Thunderbird Bass and a Les Paul…I put them back together for them but they probably bust them at the next gig!
 
The Datsuns are a hard rock band from Cambridge, New Zealand, formed in 2000. To date they have released five albums and several singles, most of which have charted in New Zealand and/or the United Kingdom.
Active from: 2000
Origin: Cambridge, New Zealand
Albums: Headstunts, Outta Sight/Outta Mind, Smoke & Mirrors, The Datsuns, Death Rattle Boogie, Nottingham Boat Club 2002-10-29
Members: Christian Livingstone, Ben Cole, Phil Somervell, Rudolf de Borst
Record labels: Cooking Vinyl, V2 Records, In-Fidelity Recordings
Songs
System Overload 2006 Smoke & Mirrors
MF From Hell 2002 The Datsuns
What Would I Know 2002 The Datsuns
You Build Me Up 2002 The Datsuns
Sittin’ Pretty 2002 The Datsuns

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