Saturday, 4 December 2010

Gibson RD Artist

What happens when a Gibson Explorer and a Moog synth have some afternoon delight?

This little beauty, the Gibson RD Artist!

It has the brains of a Moog and the brawn of a Gibson. Oh the humanity!

'Needs a bit of love to bring it back to life, I'll post a pic up of the finished thing.

Monday, 29 November 2010

Virtuoso Guitar Polish and Cleaner available online

I'm very happy to announce that Virtuoso Premium Polish and Virtuoso Premium Cleaner are now available from our website:

You can chose either of the Virtuoso Premium products there or buy one of each and save some money!

I've noticed that just about every single Gibson that comes into the workshop gets a polish with this stuff, sometimes just the back of the neck - and the reaction from customers is always confusion..."How did you clean the neck - it feels amazing!"


Humidity and Temperature controlled workshop

The workshop is now humidity and temperature controlled.

Humidity isn't often a major problem in the UK as its fairly stable (unlike parts of the US where it can be a real issue) but its something worth having as I have more 'scratch build' wood in storage nowadays.

The extra heating is appreciated at the moment too!

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Here's a beautiful SG, great to play - typical big warm tone of an SG.

It came into the workshop recently for a re-spray, but it needed a good bit more than that! It's had an interesting history, owned by Jonny Marr originally, then by Haven in the nineties, and found its way to its current owner through friends. It was painted white with Dulux gloss (ouch) on top of a nasty layer of silver on top of the original cherry. There was a huge break across the control cavity that had been filled with epoxy many moons ago and a headstock break t' boot!

Its looking sweet now though, and its ready for the next adventure! Ka-Pow!

Saturday, 2 October 2010


Here's another headstock to repair, a beautiful old Ric 4001 thats played a million gigs and is still refusing to die!

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Adding extra inlay dots

I've just put some Mother of Pearl position marker dots all the way up the neck of this Godin - makes it easier to find your way!

Monday, 2 August 2010

Virtuoso Guitar Polish is here!

Just in, the best polish I've ever used on a nitro finish guitar! Great for Gibson's that have gone a bit sticky and cloudy. I came across this stuff a little while ago and have been using ever since, there's nothing out there that I've ever used that comes close to this stuff, its amazing!

I have the cleaner and the polish, the cleaner is great for taking the grubby goo left behind buy guitar stands that seem to react to the Gibson nitro cellulose, then polish up and forget it ever happened! This is the closest thing to a miracle cure I've found for all these problems, well worth the investment.

Look here for customer comments (from the manufacturers website), and here for a review from Muscians Hotline.

Bottles are £12.99 each, or one of each for £25. If you cant drop into the shop to get yourself some, p&p is £2.50 for the first bottle, £4 for two.

Friday, 30 July 2010

Strat Trem arm snapped? Remove the snapped piece?

Lots of people with Strats etc have had the surprising experience of snapping the trem bar off, leaving the threaded end inside the tremolo...wondering how you get it out!?

This one came out with a bit of good old-fashioned persuasion...very satisfying!

If this happens to you, drop the guitar into us and we'll do our level best to do the same for you. We can't promise it'll always work but its worth a try!

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

tasty 1960's P Bass

Lovely old P Bass, just in for a tweak on the action. Its playing great & its about to be used on a new recording by one of the Manchester names!

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Virtuoso Polish - great for Gibson guitars!

A couple of years ago a customer brought in a beautiful Gibson J45 that had been sent away to be serviced by somewhere that shall remain nameless, but came back with white hand prints all over it. Its a strange thing that some people seem to react to nitro-cellulose finishes (its not just Gibsons, Fender custom shop or Martins also have the same issues sometimes) but apparently there's a rare blood type that doesn't mix well with it. I'd never seen a case quite this bad before, so I looked for some polish that would help. Everything that was available in the UK didnt do the trick, so I asked a couple of US guitar repairers who both suggested Virtuoso. Its wasn't available in the UK, so I bought some from the manufacturers and hoped for the best.
I tested it on my own Gibson and then gently applied some to the J45. The results were incredible, it took all the hand prints out, cured the slightly tacky / gummy feel to the finish and restored it to a factory shine - hallelujah!

I've been using it exclusively on nitro finishes since then with consistent results, this stuff is the best nitro guitar polish I've ever used - amazing!

I've recommended it to so many people but most cant be bothered with the US postage, import tax hassle etc, so I've decided to stock it myself. So if you have any of the common problems with nitro cellulose finishes grab yourself a bottle of the cleaner and the polish and use the closest thing to a miracle cure I've ever seen!

I'm looking forward to putting up interesting photos of guitar I'm working on - there wont always be time for an in depth explanation - but it'll just be stuff that I'd like to see if I wasn't doing the job. (I had to put up a pic of the Gibson certificate I received recently just to kick things off!)