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Why Gibson Sucks Right Now

Not my favourite brand this week, but in the interests of impartiality I will begin with a list of what I like about Gibson. The Good: Gibson is without doubt one of the most important and innovative brands when it comes to fretted instruments. Gibson has made the world’s most sought after banjos and mandolins. […]

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Basschat Yorkshire Bass Bash

The Basschat Yorkshire Bass Bash, which took place in Harrogate at the weekend, saw the area’s bassists and basses get together. It was organised via the popular Basschat.co.uk web forum, and I was invited along to give a talk. For a bass nerd like me, it was great to be in an enclosed space with […]

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Koa is my favourite wood

Koa is beautiful. It is full of rich colours, and the figure that can be found in it is as good as I’ve seen in any wood. I built this bass in 2005. The koa top has a subtle flame and a rich, brown colour. Koa (acacia koa) is a hardwood native to Hawai’i, and […]

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New Nine String Bass

An exhibition called Guitars, made in Britain, played the world over, is running at the Hub National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, until 19 January. It showcases “the very best guitar making in the UK” and the curator is none other than Gordon Giltrap: one of Britain’s most influential acoustic guitarists. I […]

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Repairing a Zither

Just a quick one about a very unusual instrument that came by the Jim Fleeting Guitars workshop, for repair. This is a zither.  It is a folk instrument, played with hammers, and is a precursor to the piano.  Other zithers include, amongst others, the hammer dulcimer. My job was to clean it, replace the missing […]

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Welcome to The Luthiery Blog!

Hello. My name is Jim Fleeting. At my workshop in Ripon, North Yorkshire, I create custom guitars and basses for customers around the UK and Europe. I also head Jim Fleeting Guitars’ thriving repair shop. The Yorkshire Post described me as the UK’s most talented and innovative young guitar maker, which was nice of them, […]

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