May 28, 2016

If you’ve owned a guitar for longer than 5 minutes you’ll know that at some point your strap buttons will work their way loose, the favourite home remedy for this involves matchsticks usually. The reason it happens in the first place is that wood isn’t a suitable home for such small screws when they...

May 26, 2016

Three piece maple and walnut neck. Dimensioned, glued up and rough cut on the band saw:


Template fixed on with screws and double sided tape, the screw holes are where the truss rod channel will be:


My router bits are like razors and cut a great finish, just as well given how much I hate sanding:



May 4, 2016

The build has begun on an as yet unnamed guitar, I really need to remember to take pictures this time as I’ll be documenting every step.


 Starting with the template, the body shape is somewhere between a strat and a tele, and the f-hole gives away that it’s going to be a thinline/semi-hollow. Direct...

May 3, 2016

Fender’s Custom Shop ’69 pickup set is the benchmark that all other ’60s voiced single coils are measured against. Alnico V magnets, with enamel wire wound to 5.8kΩ (usually they’re closer to 5.4k in reality) provide a snappy attack and woody overtones in spades.

I still prefer Seymour Duncan SSL-1s,...

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