‘Unique Products’ Category

  1. TONEbloc for improved Guitar Tone

    July 10, 2014

    TONEbloc for Guitar Tone

    Guitar Tone lacking? Purchase a TONEbloc from our eBay store here

    What is a TONEbloc you ask? Here’s the scenario

    1. Your guitar rattles,
    2. Guitar has lost it’s umph! i.e sounds “choked”
    3. The bridge pins wont stay in
    4. The bridge is starting to separate from the sound board.
    Let’s look at these issues one at a time whilst we explain what the TONEbloc can do for most of these issues.

    1.There can be several reasons why a guitar rattles

    • The frets are uneven which makes a fret dress necessary
    • The playing action is too low
    • There are one or more loose bracings
    • The neck adjusting rod is loose or just vibrates on certain notes, OR – and very likely:
    • The energy of the string is not being absorbed by the sound board causing said energy to run back up the string creating a “feedback” affect which causes the string to vibrate erratically and this will cause rattle, lots of rattle! If your guitar sounds thin and lacking in guitar tone or volume this is very likely to be the cause.

    2. This lack of volume is in general terms created because in actual fact there is a lack of midrange. Midrange gives that “punch” that leaps from a good sounding guitar.

    Midrange comprises a complex series of frequencies that create “acoustic harmonic distortion” otherwise known as guitar tone. Electric guitarists and audiophiles love tube technology for the same reason.

    3. The bridge pins won’t stay in your guitar because the bridge plate is worn through. In most cases the bridge plate can be reinforced, however in some cases it has to be replaced and this can turn into an expensive and time consuming job.

    The tone bloc can take the place of a worn bridge plate as the strings are hooked into the bridge plate and therefore bypass the bridge plate altogether. Which leads to:

    4. The bridge is lifting off the guitar. In most cases this happens as a result of a worn bridge plate allowing the string pressure to be applied directly onto the bridge.

    You see contrary to what you may think (or have been told) The bridge’s really job is to accommodate and position the saddle and the bridge pins. It is the bridge plate that is supposed to do the rest. Again, by taking the weight off the bridge plate, bridge that is partly separated can be held in check for a long time.

    The TONEbloc energises the soundboard by absorbing that otherwise spent energy and pushing it out to the sound board thereby energising (I like to say super charging) the soundboard and heightening guitar tone.

    Guitar Tone lacking? Purchase a TONEbloc from our eBay store here


  2. Uncle Johns Famous String Goo

    June 29, 2010

    A  Top  Quality String Preserver

    • Unlike most string lubricants ours does not contain silicon or any other harmful lubricants, our product is all natural baby.
    • It neutralizes the pH value of sweat (the number one cause of string corrosion) so that you can get up to four times the life out of your strings.
    • One bottle should last you close to three years! (a few drops on a flanel cloth after every time you play is the recommended usage).
    • and it smells great!

    Keeps strings fresh for up to 4 times their normal life. Harmless  ingredients  lubricate, clean,  fortify and protect your strings.

    Each batch is bottled with high attention to detail and our product is quality reassured. Tried and tested by all of us here at the Guitar Repairers. So come in and pick yourself up one today!


  3. “Charlie Christian” Style Acoustic Pickups

    March 7, 2010

    advertWe Love sound hole pick ups! I personally believe the LR Baggs M1 to be one of the most brilliant pieces of acoustic amplification technology to come out in the last 20 years. Our vintage parlor guitars however are a little different in their requirements. For one, many have sound holes that are too small to accommodate the commercially made products. Secondly, even when they can be fitted they tend to take away the antique vibe and look of the guitar. So we thought it best to come up with our own. This pick up has six calibrated pole pieces for even response, can be used with or with out an acoustic preamp and is compatible with our custom made piezo pick ups. RRP 175.00


  4. Brazilian Bloodwood Nuts and Saddles

    February 10, 2010

    Disclaimer. The views expressed below are my views (Uncle Johnson). We will quite happily make you a nut and/or saddle in any material you like with the exception of compressed bat guana,

    For the last few years I have been trying to find alternative materials for making nuts and saddles. The traditional materials such as bone and brass have been proven over time and the more widely used modern materials such as Corian, Micata and Tusq are also very good……So why do I want to re invent the wheel? Because..

    1. Bone makes the work shop smell like an industrial dentist’s surgery when shaped and sanded. I also find it very difficult to get a regular supply of consistently hard, non porous bone. The tone can sometimes be a little too bright and even bit harsh depending on the application, and lastly it can be quiet “sticky” when used to make a nut, thereby causing strings to “click” or “creak”. This can affect the tuneability and tuning stability of the instrument. (more…)


  5. Compensated Nuts

    February 10, 2010

    Ever driven yourself insane trying to get the open chords of your guitar to all play in tune and then once you’ve found an acceptable compromise you find the bar chord suck ass?

    Well this can help. When you look at your guitar, do you notice that the bridge saddle/s are further away from the neck on the bass side and closer to the neck on the treble side?

    This is called compensation and it is designed to compensate for the thickness of the strings so that they are as close to being a perfect octave at the 12th fret. The 1000,000.00 question is how do you get them to be in perfect pitch over the rest of the finger board? (more…)


  6. Handmade Brass Saddle Bridgepieces

    February 5, 2010

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    Up until recently we, like most guitar repair shops replaced bass saddles and telecaster bridge saddles with the best bridge saddles we could find.

    However I’ve never been that happy with the type of brass used, nor the tone it produced. I researched the historical “why’s” and “where fores” of this and found the most interesting thing. The original brass used by the likes of Fender back in the 50’s was actually a softer compound than that which is available today. (more…)