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1961 Gibson Les Paul Junior Restoration

This Les Paul Junior has had a hard life. When it came to me for a refinish in nice thin nitrocellulose it was coated with a thick layer…

Replacing frets on a Caparison Angelus Guitar

This guitar is a long-term test guitar for a UK magazine. It was dropped on its face, suffering some damage from the plain strings to frets 17 and 18….

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…

I’m nuts about Vintage Gibsons!

These two Vintage Gibsons came in, each needing a new nut. The mid-1960s SG Special had a nut cut too low meaning that the unfretted strings were buzzing…

Unwind until the saddle is against the far wall

Replacing the Saddles in a Schaller Nashville Bridge

NOTE This applies only to the original Schaller bridge and exact copies. I often read that people find it difficult to change the saddles in a Gibson “Nashville”…

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…

1982 Gibson Ripper Bass

Some Interesting 80s Basses

Following on from the “70s Bass Extravaganza” earlier this year I have two early 80s basses in for set up this week. Gibson Grabber Bass The first is…

Fender LSR after surgery

DIY SOS – Fender LSR roller nut refitting

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, or so they say. The owner of this guitar fitted a Fender LSR roller nut himself and I have to say…

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…

Les Paul Traditional broken headstock

Gibson Les Paul Headstock Break

This Les Paul was only a week old when it suffered this catastrophic break. Unusually, the fall was so severe that it broke the fibre headstock face right…