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Switchcraft coil tap switch (left) and modern donor (right)

Rebuilding a Switchcraft “coil tap” switch for a Gibson ES-335

In the mid-70s, some Gibson semi-acoustics such as the ES-335 and ES-347 were fitted with coil splitting switches, which shorted out one coil of each pickup to provide…

Butterscotch Telecaster with Joe Barden pickups

Butterscotch Tele with Joe Barden Pickups

I put this guitar together today for a customer. The body is from guitarbuild.co.uk and the owner finished it using my Butterscotch nitrocellulose lacquer. I fitted the Joe…

Skiffle Cat Jazz Guitar

Skiffle Cat Jazz Guitar Upgrade

I spent just about all of today rewiring this jazz-style guitar. It was made by Skiffle Cat who may well now be defunct? It’s not the greatest guitar…

70s Bass Extravaganza!

Over the last few weeks I’ve been fortunate to have some unusual 70s basses in the workshop. It was a coincidence that they were all here at the…

Lucille Varitone true bypass modification

Gibson Lucille Varitone True Bypass Modification

The owner of this Gibson Lucille wanted to get a better sound from his guitar. Although position “1” on the Gibson Varitone switch is supposed to be bypass,…

Hofner Model 4575 65-3

Höfner Model 4575 65-3

This Höfner Model 4575 “65-3” guitar which dates to 1965/66 and I’ve just rewired it as the controls were unreliable. despite a good clean. Alan at Project Guitar…

Gibson L4 CES

Gibson L4 CES

This beautiful 1989 Gibson L4 CES was brought in with a bad electrical buzz. I traced the buzz to a disconnected bridge earth wire which I reconnected. I noticed…

Epiphone bridge saddles reduced, smoothed and slotted to radius

Left-handed Epiphone Les Paul Upgrade

Here’s a lefty Epiphone Les Paul that I upgraded the other day. The list of upgrades is: Tusq nut fret dress rewire setup Tusq nut The nut on…

Building a SAGA TC-10 Part 6 – Fitting the Pickups

Neck pickup The first job is to find the right postion for the neck pickup. Place the pickup in the cavity and thread the wires through to the…

Building a SAGA TC-10 Part 5 – Wiring the Electrics

Attaching the switch and controls Attach the 3-position switch using the screws provided. Attach the volume and tone pots with the soldering lugs facing. Use the lower nut…