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Stratocaster neck stripped and oiled

Strip and Oil of Stratocaster neck

This Stratocaster was built by one of the UK’s best makers of relic guitars. The owner, who’d had it from new, complained that the back of the neck…

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Shell Pink La Cabronita

La Cabronita build (1)

I’m putting a La Cabronita style guitar together for a customer in Italy. He has supplied all the parts but was unhappy with the “sonic blue” finish on…

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Sonic Blue Fender Mustang headstock

Rob Granville’s Sonic Blue Fender Mustang refinish

Rob Granville kindly sent me some pictures of the Fender Mustang he recently refinished using my lacquers. I think you’ll agree its a brilliant job!

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Gibson Les Paul Custom Headstock Repair

Gibson Les Paul Custom Headstock Repair

Here’s another Gibson Les Paul headstock repair, the second within the space of two days! The owner of this guitar had left it in his rehearsal room and come…

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Applying grain filler to the front of the guitar body

Grain-filling an ash Telecaster body

When painting a guitar, preparation is critical to success. At every stage, it’s important that you get the body as smooth as you can. A bit of work early…

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Building a SAGA TC-10 Part 3 – The Body

Preparing to paint Unless you have a purpose-built spray booth, paint outdoors. Lacquer fumes are toxic and explosive. Even if you are outdoors you should wear a dust mask…

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Building a SAGA TC-10 Part 2 – The Neck

Shaping the headstock Because the Telecaster headstock shape is a trademark of Fender Musical Instruments Corp. (FMIC) then all modern kits come with a blank or “paddle” headstock…

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A Couple of Finish Repairs

Finish Repair A customer had had an accident with his Ernie Ball Musicman Stingray 5-string bass. He had dropped it and knocked a large piece of the finish…

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David’s Surf Green Duo-Sonic

This was also refinished by a customer. It’s a mid 90s Mexican Fender DuoSonic re-issue with a 22″ short scale neck. David writes: “Results are great! Again I…

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Simon’s Lake Placid Blue Stratocaster Refinish

This was also refinished by a customer. It’s a Mexican Fender Stratocaster body with WD Music Products neck. Simon writes: “My ‘Frankenstrat’ finished with your nitro laquer. Started…

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