Last month I went to the Luxury Soul Weekender in Blackpool to see Michael Henderson play a soul set. For those of you who don’t know, Michael has played with any number of greats, but is probably best known for playing electric bass for Miles Davis. Here he is playing the Jim Fleeting Michael Henderson […]
Just a few pics of some of the cool guitars I’ve had in for repairs this month: 70′s Gibson Hummingbird needed a brace re-glueing. Another Gretsch Anniversary. I love the colour of this modern Rickenbacker. A 1950′s Martin 000-18. Just a setup required on this one. Taylor 555 12 string bridge reglue. Of course, once […]
I’ve been thinking about rosettes quite a lot recently. The rosette is the decorative circle around the soundhole. They come in many guises. This is a Martin rosette. It’s an example of what you may find on many guitars, with a few rings surrounding the soundhole. Spanish guitar rosettes tend to be more elaborate, with […]
I was at a trade show a couple of years ago; there was a stand there run by Madinter, a Spanish luthier supplies company. It specialises in Spanish guitars
As a guitar repairman I glue a lot of headstocks back onto guitar necks. Often the guitar has been dropped or has fallen and the headstock has snapped.
A few months ago I was talking to Ervin Somogyi. We were discussing woods and geeking out. Following a tip off, he had produced a guitar body out of Wenge
I am making a 00 acoustic guitar from Brazilian Rosewood. The wood was cut a long time ago; with a finish on, its rich chocolate browns are accentuated.
I’ve got a couple of new acoustic guitars on the go. This is the top. I’ve just glued the x-brace into it. I carve the braces by hand once they’re glued in. I can’t shape them first, as I make them tall and thin, coming to an almost-point, so I wouldn’t have a surface to […]
The top is Sitka spruce; the back is Bolivian rosewood; the ebony bridge and fingerboard are both bound with high-flame koa. That’s koa on the headstock, too.
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 […]