November 28, 2017
It’s hard to believe that this old girl is as old as me….. and like me, has done many, many gigs…. The action is sleek on account of the fret dress and set up just completed in our workshop. I made a brass brake bar to increase the down pressure onto the bridge, and used the original tail piece mounting holes to fit the brake so as to not affect the originality. She is so lovely and is original right down to the fret wire. The patina and checking are sublime. She might be light in weight (3kg’s) but big on resonance and tone. Whether a collector or player, she’s just beautiful!
Category All Instruments, Electric - All Guitars, Electric - Solid Body | Tags: | Comments Off on Maton Flamingo 1963
November 28, 2017
Les Korn is a reclusive character who makes only as few instruments a year. This Archtop has a very D’angelico Contemporary vibe about it right down to the headstock design…. This is a serious handmade professional instrument that is worthy of a connoisseur who will appreciate the fineries of the artist who built her. There are some things I wish I could keep for myself and this is one of them.
- Serial no.: 14706
- Made in Tucson AZ
- Carved Englemann Spruce Top; Highly Figured Maple back/sides/neck
Category Acoustic Guitars, All Instruments, Electric - All Guitars, Electric - Hollow Body | Tags: | Comments Off on Les Korn Archtop
October 13, 2017
This is such a beautiful guitar… I’m a leftie myself, but like many of my clients I have one problem and here’s a hint…… She resides at the same address and holds the purse strings…….. but for you luckier leftie’s this baby is a treat!
We’ve been servicing this guitar since new and we know every bit of her. Amazing tone and playability not to mention, scarcity. Mid 90’s through to early 2000’s are my favourite years for Gibson production. Build and finish quality is high and the quality of the timber used in this guitar is sublime.
Includes Original Case
Category All Instruments, Electric - All Guitars, Electric - Hollow Body | Tags: | Comments Off on Gibson ES335 LH 2002
October 13, 2017
Here we have a lovely mid ’50’s ES125 fully set up and ready to rock… Whether it be Jazz, Fuzz or Country, this guitar has it all going on…. here’s some facts
- Originally purchased for Jackson’s rare Guitars in the late 80’s
- Finish is in great condition however a re-finish may have been done at some stage.
- The pots date to 10-53
- The “sloped” headstock puts the age at ’55 or before.
- The P90 is original, however, the cover has been modified; probably as a result of the fact that many of these covers pulled away from the body owing to a lack of flexiblility… You Gibson nuts will know about this!
- The serial number is unusual, if a little hard to read. From what i can make out it looks to be “SP0228” with what looks like a 4 on the end.
- The bridge may or may not be original.
But with this knowledge in hand, at the end of the day this is a lovely guitar with amazing tone and playability.
Includes Case (non original)
Category Acoustic Guitars, All Instruments, Electric - All Guitars, Electric - Hollow Body | Tags: | Comments Off on Gibson ES125 C. 1955
September 8, 2017
To be honest, when we started this “upcycle” we really didn’t know where it was heading but as it came together we could see some of our favourite things evolving out of the mist. But first the back story… This guitar was donated to us some years ago. She was in a sorry state, just the bare bones comprising of the body and the neck. The finish had been stripped and the headstock binding was missing as were pieces of the headstock and there it sat for at least three years. Being a Japanese LP replica with a semi hollow top, I would place it in the late ‘70’s-early 80’s. She’s probably a Kasuga, maybe a Stagg or maybe an Ibanez… take your pick.
The refurb process went as follows. I had some fine Japanese Gift wrap (quite appropriate I think) so decided to give it a “distressed wallpaper” vibe. Andre over sprayed this with tinted lacquer and voila! This created a slight Zemaitis vibe. Andre restored the headstock and re fretted the neck before again over spraying in tint lacquer. I had a Seymour Duncan “Dime time” pick up for the bridge and an 80’s Dimarzio PAF for the neck. All new electronics with the exception of two original 70’s Japanese tone controls (they have a slight squeak when turned which I think is kind of cute). We also decided to use a trapeze tail piece which gives the guitar a lovely woody tone and I feel also gives a slight Rick Turner vibe (another fine maker). Aged parts add further to the look which all put together also gives the end product a slight vibe of Neil Young’s “Old Black”. She sounds and plays amazingly!
You can tell that we’re pretty stoked with the finished product. Whoever buys this guitar is buying a very unique one off instrument that was saved owing to imagination and passion…
Category All Instruments, Electric - All Guitars | Tags: | Comments Off on 70’s Japanese Les Paul “Shop Custom”
March 17, 2017
You don’t need me to tell you how beautiful this girl is. We’ve had a few things to get around like the neck set problem, electronics and what type of bridge will do justice to her. The neck we removed (actually age and several bad gluing job did it for us… But we didn’t fight it!) We then removed a whole section of the neck heal which we deemed weak and replaced it with a maple insert and a vertical dowel running right through the center. For the bridge, we ended up making a one piece compensated jazz bridge out of striped ebony. She really belongs in the hands of a professional, however, she’ll also take being owned by someone who really loves her. She’s plays like butter and the tone both acoustically and electrically is warm and woody.
Category Acoustic Guitars, All Instruments, Electric - All Guitars, Electric - Hollow Body | Tags: | Comments Off on Hofner President C.1958