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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…

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…

Mary Kaye tribute Stratocaster completed

New build – “Mary Kaye” Stratocaster

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

Richard Gold Top Lacquer

Gold top lacquer is go

I thought I’d share some photos of a Goldtop finish that a customer has sprayed with my Gold top lacquer. Here is what he said: “I must say…

Black La Cabronita

La Cabronita Build

I’ve recently finished this La Cabronita style build, using yet another body from GuitarBuild.co.uk. It’s pretty much Fender specification, down to the USA Standard Stratocaster hardtail bridge, pearl…

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…

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 GuitarBuild.co.uk. I can’t stress enough the need for…

Frankie & 5150 Pair

Van Halen tribute guitars

I received an email from a customer who has used my lacquer create tributes to a couple of Van Halen style guitars. Here’s what he wrote: Hi Steve,…

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. I based my techniques on the TDPRI…

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…