Nickel-Silver vs Stainless Steel Frets

  I’ve been noticing a lot more requests lately to re-fret guitars with Stainless Steel fret wire. I also get asked a ton of questions about the differences between Nickel-Silver and Stainless Steel frets. Here is a succinct post about… Continue Reading

Standel Gets A New Bridge

A really nice old Standel acoustic guitar came into my shop because it was not playing very well. Upon closer inspection I found that almost every brace was loose, the frets were very worn and it obviously needed a new… Continue Reading

Unsafe Repair Practice

This is a very unsafe filter cap replacement repair on a vintage blackface Princeton Reverb amplifier. The capacitors are not securely mounted to the chassis. The heat shrink splices pulled off very easily and could have shorted inside the chassis.… Continue Reading

Upgrading Reissue Tube Amplifiers

  Fender ’57 Bandmaster 5E7 reissue chassis before and after. I gutted out the lengthy stranded conductor wire and replaced it with cloth insulated solid core wire. I also replaced all capacitors and resistors with higher quality components. The amp… Continue Reading

1959 Fender Stratocaster

This is a really great example of a 1959 Fender Stratocaster that came into my shop for just some set up work. This guitar is all 100% original including the case. One unique feature is that this particular guitar is… Continue Reading

1962 Fender Stratocaster Restoration

  Here is the end result of a restoration of a late 1962 Fender Stratocaster. This particular example has the curved “veneer” rosewood fret board as opposed to the earlier slab type fret board. The guitar is 100% original except… Continue Reading

New Penn Instrument Co. Guitar Models!!

  Now available are my new custom built Penn Instrument Company guitars! I’ve been playing T style guitars for about 30 years and building them for myself and occasionally for customers for about 25 years. It is my favorite guitar… Continue Reading

Epiphone Intonation Repair

  I recently worked o an Epiphone acoustic guitar that had the bridge located too close to the neck. The guitar would not play in tune because of this. I could have removed the bridge, re-glued in the proper location and then… Continue Reading

Nitrocellulose Blonde Tele Finish

  Here is a photo of a nitrocellulose Blonde finish I shot on a nice light ash Tele body. The owner wanted a sort of wheat color that almost had a natural look to it. Here is a photo of… Continue Reading

Hand Wiring the Fender Vibroverb 6G16 Reissue

The Fender Vibroverb 6G16 reissue amplifier is a great idea but can be greatly improved upon. When the PCB’s are removed and replaced with a good old style fiber board and hand wired into the chassis the amp dramatically transforms.… Continue Reading

1961 Fender Stratocaster Restoration

The owner of this 1961 Fender Stratocaster brought it to me for a “lite” restoration. All it really needed was a refret and refinish. He has owned this guitar since the early 1990’s and I was actually the last tech… Continue Reading

1958 Fender Champ

A very cool 1958 Fender tweed Champ came into my shop for a service and capacitor replacement. these little amps are beasts! With a fresh set of NOS tubes and new capacitors this little guy sounded amazing. Of course I… Continue Reading

1963 Fender Stratocaster

1963 Fender Stratocaster all original except for a really nice Sonic Blue refin that was done many years ago. This guitar is dated January 1963 so it is a very early veneer fretboard model. I leveled & dressed the frets… Continue Reading

1966 Fender Stratocaster

Whoa….a beautiful 1966 Fender Stratocaster. 100% all stock original including 1966 catalog, hang tags, polishing cloth, shoulder strap, Fender strings and ashtry bridge cover. A solid 9/10 condition. All it needed was a little set up work. Sounded amazing!!! [shop_ad]

Rickenbacker 12-string

Here we have a beautiful Rickenbacker 12-string guitar. This is the reissue of the same model George Harrison played in that band the Beatles. After I replaced the stock strings with a set of the Pyramid brand and set it… Continue Reading