1961 Gibson Les Paul Junior Restoration

This Les Paul Junior has had a hard life. When it came to me for a refinish in nice thin nitrocellulose it was coated with a thick layer…

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Spraying a Les Paul Junior Vintage Sunburst

The reason for doing this job was that I have not been able to find any other information about recreating this particular finish. I’ve been fortunate to be…

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Reverse headstock Stratocaster

I’m putting together a Stratocaster for a friend. It’s to match a Telecaster he has so will be painted in a creamy colour. This is the look we…

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Shows the body of the completed guitar, sporting a fetching tortoiseshell style scratchplate

Spraying a Gibson style TV Yellow finish

I often get asked how to spray a TV Yellow finish and have been meaning for a while to demonstrate the process, so here it is. I think…

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50s 2 tone strat replica

Tony’s 50s 2-tone Stratocaster Replica

Tony is another regular customer who has produced some superb guitars painted using my nitrocellulose lacquer. I think he has excelled himself with this superb tribute to an…

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Olympic White 66/62 style Jazz Bass build

Kevin’s Olympic White 66/62 style Jazz Bass build

A regular customer of mine has built this great Jazz Bass replica. The body is alder and finished in Olympic White with a beautiful NOS tortoiseshell pickguard. The bound…

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69 replica neck fitted to my Stratocaster

Fitted the neck to the guitar

I have now fitted the neck that I fretted and lacquered to my Fender 62 reissue Stratocaster. Apologies for not photographing the stages of fitting the tuners and cutting the…

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Clear lacquer applied over decal

Spraying the neck

Before spraying I sanded the neck again, checking that everything was clean and wiped over with a tack cloth to remove any dust. I then sprayed another couple…

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Preparing the neck by sanding and sealing with clear lacquer

Fretting and finishing a guitar neck

I thought I’d demonstrate fretting a neck and finishing it with nitrocellulose lacquer. The neck I used was very nicely made, with a compound radius fretboard which progresses up…

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Mary Kaye tribute Stratocaster completed

New build – “Mary Kaye” Stratocaster

I’m building a Stratocaster using this beautiful one-piece ash body from It is made from Phil’s special order only premium wood stock and weighs just 3½ pounds. I’m…

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