June 29, 2016

  • Sapele body with a quilted birds eye maple top.

  • Three piece maple and walnut neck with an ebony fretboard.

  • 12" radius, jumbo frets, modern slim C shaped neck.

  • Gotoh locking tuners. 

  • Babicz full contact bridge with custom made brass base plate.

  • Bare Knuckle Yardbird pi...

June 26, 2016

Almost home. Final finishing, fretwork and assembly is all that remains. The finish is comprised of base coats of shellac, this seals in the stain and provides a platform that can be fine sanded smooth. This is followed by several coats of Tru-Oil, this adds further protection and shields the shella...

June 21, 2016

Once the neck is glued on it gets carved. This one is fairly standard, a slim modern C shape.

 Shinto Japanese saw rasps are magnificent for this. After the neck is profiled its sanded to 320 and that's where it stays until its time for final finishing.

On the subject of finishing, the body is also sa...

June 16, 2016

These things:

Many companies let the tang go all the way to the edge of board, it is unsightly and a little lazy. Here's what I do:

Nip the tangs off the frets at around 2mm from the edge (left image), and make sure to tidy it up with a jewellers file. After the frets are seated, fill the gaps with wo...

June 14, 2016

Time to hollow out the body and get the top glued on.

 This is the main chamber where the sound hole sits, there will be two other ones but this is by far the largest. The bulk of the material is hogged away with a forstner drill, then cleaned up with the router. The back and side walls are 8mm thick...

June 5, 2016

My trusty Ibanez has had many pickups in it, acting as a test bed for sets that have gone on to be used elsewhere, including Bare Knuckles, DiMarzios, and Seymour Duncans. However, I keep coming back to this EMG set, 85 in the bridge, and the 60 in the neck.

The 85 was one of the first active pi...

June 2, 2016

Refurbished a tele with some Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound pickups in it.

They sounded bloody awful with the stock electrics, 250k pots just do not work with these pickups. I didn’t want to go all the way to 500k and risk introducing any brittleness, so I tested my pots looking for a couple on the low...

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