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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Finished lemondrop refinish

Vintage “Lemondrop” Refinish

The owner of the Vintage Lemondrop guitar that I upgraded some time back asked me to refinish the top. Thinking that the finish would be thin and strip…

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Knot fill sanded smooth

More on preparation – sanding sealer and using an index coat

I’m building myself a “La Cabronita” style guitar in black, with a very nice one-piece alder body from Phil at I can’t stress enough the need for…

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Close-up of the disressed pickguard

Distressing my Butterscotch Telecaster Body

More as an experiment than anything else, I decided to have a go at relicing the body I finished in August. The first job is to add a…

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Finished Ice Blue Telecaster

Ice Blue Metallic Telecaster Assembled

Here is the Telecaster assembled. I’ve used the bridge from a Fender USA 62 Reissue, Fender jack cup, AllParts parchment ‘guard and some great sounding hot AlNiCo V…

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Clear coats sprayed

Finishing an alder Telecaster body in metallic lacquer

Preparation Finishing alder is much easier than painting an ash body as the wood is more tightly grained. The reduction in finishing costs is why Fender used alder…

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Back of the butterscotch Telecaster body

Inserting Telecaster String Ferrules using a soldering iron

Here’s how to get the ferrules into a Telecaster without chipping the lacquer. This only works for guitars finished in nitrocellulose. The heat of the soldering iron melts…

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Wet sanding the front of the body

Finishing an Ash Telecaster in Butterscotch nitrocellulose lacquer

I’m often asked how to spray a butterscotch guitar body so thought I’d put together a bit of a tutorial. Please note that I do not offer a…

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Les Paul Standard original Corian nut

Removing a Gibson Corian Nut

A  regular customer of mine recently bought a 2006 Les Paul and brought it to me for a setup. As soon as I straightened the neck, which had been…

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Completed nut with shallow slots

New Tusq nut for Fender Telecaster

I have just refretted this maple board Telecaster. At the request of the customer I left the fretboard lacquer intact as it was virtually undamaged. I had hoped…

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