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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…

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…

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…

Les Paul Traditional split neck

Gibson Les Paul Traditional neck split

Here’s another nasty break, this time a longitudinal split in a Les Paul neck, caused by a fall. All that was required was to glue and clamp both…

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…

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…

Squier JV Precision Bass neck shim

Squier JV Precision Bass

I just thought I’d share this.  I set up this 1983 Squier JV Precision Bass and discovered the original shim in the neck pocket, dated May 83. Needless…

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…

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…

Refretting a Squier Vista Series Jagmaster

The Squier Vista Series Jagmaster is one of my favourite guitars. The Squier Vista series was made in Japan to very high standards and comprised around 4 models….