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Comparing old and new truss rod nuts, old one is very worn.

Replacing a Fender USA Stratocaster Truss Rod Nut

For some reason known only to Fender, the US American Standard Stratocasters and Telecasters use a 1/8″ Allen key to adjust the truss rod. It’s okay if the rod is working…

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…

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…

Removing scratches from the frets using Micromesh pads

Dressing the frets on the maple neck

I covered fret dressing in this earlier post but will repeat the steps here for completeness. The pictures should tell the story but I’ll add some text where I…

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…

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…

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…

Surf Green Stratocaster finished

Marty McCann’s Surf Green Stratocaster

Marty sent me some pictures of his Mexican Strat refinish that he’d done. Marty wrote: “Thought I would share my before, during and after pix of my lefty…

Routing for Floyd Rose Locking Nut

Routing for Floyd Rose Locking Nut

I was asked to fit a Floyd Rose locking nut to this Warmoth neck. I was slightly dubious that it would work, especially as Warmoth will not cut…

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…