SERVICES

Repairs, Setup, Fretwork and Refinishes

 

We are happy to offer a repair service for any damaged instruments along with many other maintenance services.  We also offer a complete refinish service in a range of different finishes.

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  • Setup

  • Refret            

  • Defret to Fretless    

  • Fretless Epoxy coating

  • Fret level

  • Refinish

  • Fretboard replacement

  • Truss Rod replacement

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  • General damage repair

  • Full restorations

  • Headstock Repair

  • Acoustic repairs

  • Custom bridges made

  • Pickup routing

  • Evertune bridge install

  • Paint chip repair

If there is anything else guitar related you require not listed here, please don't hesitate to contact us, we are setup to tackle anything! Based in Shropshire near Shrewsbury.

repair/maintenance services

 

See below for a list of some of the repair/maintenance services we offer:

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Custom Body

 

If you have a neck you love but a body you don't due to weight, shape, pickup configuration or damage then it maybe worth considering having a custom body made for the current neck. We would be happy to work to your own or existing designs with a wide range of woods available.

If the replacement body or neck is needed due to damage, often the cost of the replacement can be covered by your home insurance. We would be glad to work with your insurance company if this is the case.

Custom Neck

 

Have you got a bolt on guitar or bass with a damaged or unusable neck where repair is not an option, or maybe just fancy a change for something that will suit you better? Then we would be happy to help by building you a brand new neck to your own specifications, including wood choice, width, depth and even custom inlay.

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Restoration Stories

Custom Body

 

If you have a neck you love but a body you don't due to weight, shape, pickup configuration or damage then it maybe worth considering having a custom body made for the current neck. We would be happy to work to your own or existing designs with a wide range of woods available.

If the replacement body or neck is needed due to damage, often the cost of the replacement can be covered by your home insurance. We would be glad to work with your insurance company if this is the case.

1938 Cromwell G4 By Gibson Restoration

 

Here are some pictures of one of our restoration projects. It is a 1938 Cromwell G4 archtop guitar, made by Gibson at their Kalamazoo factory. It came to us with a smashed side, missing fingerboard and no bridge. The aim for the restoration was not to make it look brand new but to repair the damage and return the guitar to a playable state while still letting the guitar show it’s age and interesting history. So a new fingerboard and wooden bridge were made to match how the originals would have been. Then the side was carefully put back together like a jigsaw. Though unfortunately it was a jigsaw with some missing pieces. The repair needed a sensitive approach to retain originality, so areas that were missing wood were filled with matching pieces of antique mahogany. These were carefully crafted and inlaid into the voids. This created a repair that was not only strong and looked great, but also retained the maximum amount of original material. Once complete the guitar sounded excellent and we took great satisfaction in hearing it sing again after what must have been a long time out of action.

If you have a project like this then don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Please see our Facebook page for a step by step journal of this restoration.

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Restoration Stories

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Refinish Ibanez RG8

Neon green refinish of an Ibanez RG8 string. This one was for a customer who wanted a Justin Lowe (After the Burial guitarist) tribute guitar. It features Seymour Duncan Blackout pickups and an LED Tesi kill switch.

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Epiphone 

CUSTOMISATION

Custom aluminium pickguard, control cavity and switch lid designed and cut for an Epiphone Gothic Les Paul.

 



 

Restoration Stories

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Di Giorgio Restoration

 The guitar dated from the ‘60s or 70’s and somewhere along the line it had been stored somewhere very damp which caused the veneer on the back to delaminate and crack. As this is Brazilian Rosewood veneer, it would be near impossible to find a replacement veneer, so it was either repair the veneer, or give up on the guitar.

The guitar itself is not valuable but had huge sentimental value to the lady who owns it. So giving up wasn’t much of an option.

So after many hours work, here is the finished guitar. It’s now back with its owner some 200 miles away from the workshop.

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Restoration Stories

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GOODFELLLOW BASS

This bass was built by Bernie Goodfellow, who later went to found GB bass. This Bass was built in the 1980s and had a severely yellowed and cracked clear coat. 

The bass was given a full refinish and also a complete rewire with Fishman Fluence pickups plus 2 band preamp to bring the bass up to date. The original preamp was faulty and the pickups not great after 40 years of use. I also made up some custom walnut pickup rings to match the back of the bass.

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Restoration Stories

1979 SD Curlee - New Custom Neck and Full Restoration

 These basses were built in the USA and this particular one was built around 1979. They had a few interesting features such as a Medium scale length of 32.5" and a very deep neck tenon which extends all the way back to the bridge. Making it a sort of neck through bolt on hybrid!

Unfortunately the original neck had lots of issues so I was commissioned to build a brand new replacement neck for it - a 5 piece Maple and Mahogany laminate to match the original. The body was also pretty battered, so this was given a complete refinish. The bass was also treated to a complete rewire with new pots, jack and pickups, making it ready for the next 40 years!

Restoration Stories

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A 41.35” scale custom bass neck!

 

Essentially a double bass scale on a bass guitar. The body was from an ESP LTD and I made a custom 5 piece neck of Maple and We he with loads of carbon fibre and steel reinforcement. Tuned an octave below a normal 6 string bass.

To ear it in action and to find out more about the build please click on the video below:

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PRICES & CUSTOMISATION