Guitar Gallery

13018- Stuart’s Abbey Road

Monday, March 19th, 2018

Stuart has built a red Abbey Road with Bigsby with me over a period of several weeks and the outcome has been most satisfying for both of us.

The specs are as for previous Abbey Roads and I now use high quality birch ply to construct the body and of course, Mick Brierley’s B90 single coil pickups.

12917- Abbey Road Bass

Saturday, January 27th, 2018

Using the same sized body but a full 34″ scale, the Abbey Road bass is of fully hollow construction.

The timber used is as for the Abbey Road Hollow Body- birch laminate for the back and sides and plantation grown mahogany for the neck which is carbon fibre- reinforced, with Macassar ebony for the fret board.

The pickups used in this bass were specifically made by Mick Brierley using a conventional sized humbucker cover and baseplate with four slugs instead of the usual six.

12817- Olivia’s guitar

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

This RGa 35 model guitar was made for granddaughter Olivia’s 18th birthday.

The top is torrefied spruce that has been lightly braced and the back and sides are plantation-grown mahogany, finished in untinted clear and fitted with a K&K Pure pickup.

The guitar is very light, with lovely tone and surprising volume…

12717- Lyndon’s classical

Friday, July 28th, 2017

This classical guitar was built for Lyndon to replace his very old Maton classical that I’ve repaired a number of times.

The new guitar has a torrefied spruce top and the back and sides are Indian rosewood that has been in my stock of timber for well over twenty years.

The guitar is fitted with a K&K Pure Classical pickup system.

The guitar has been built so that it is light and hopefully resonant and but I’m yet to be convinced that the torrefied wood provides the benefits of the propaganda. Whilst it sounds good, I was hoping for a better outcome. However, the pickup system delivers a really good sounding instrument and it will be played through Lyndon’s amp system often as not…

I have inlaid a paua shell sound hole rosette and a similar but much smaller fretboard inlay as I inlaid in the harp guitar- 11414- also made for Lyndon a couple of years ago.

The machine heads are Grover classicals.

12617- Lachlan’s Abbey Road.

Monday, July 17th, 2017

A very special Abbey road, with Bigsby.

Lachlan built his own 40th birthday present over about 4 weeks.

12517- David’s BYO acoustic guitar

Monday, July 17th, 2017

David built himself an RGa-35, using a sitka spruce top and Macassar ebony back and sides, with a herringbone sound hole inlay and herringbone and rosewood binding.

The guitar is also fitted with a K&K Pure pickup.

12416- Vinci’s Goldmaster

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

For Vinci’s third Richards guitar, he wanted something a bit different- a Strat shaped mahogany body with a maple Radiomaster neck, with relic-ed hardware, a cream scratchplate and a black -over -sunburst paint job also suitably relic-ed…

The guitar was fitted with a pair of suitably distressed Brierley B90 single coil pickups.

12316-Lindsay’s Abbey Road

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Lindsay built this Abbey Road with me over a period of exactly two months, starting February 23, 2016 and the guitar was completed on April 23, 2016.

12115- David’s BYO Abbey Road.

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Identical to the first Abbey Road but painted red and fitted with Mick Brierley’s B90 pickups.

I must also acknowledge that David helped me refine both the design and production methods for this guitar…

12015- The first Abbey Road

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Based on the “fabled” 330 (pictured), the Abbey Road is an almost-faithful reconstruction but with some minor changes, notably a 25″ scale length, instead of 24 3/4″, the neck/body join is at the 19th fret rather than the 16th of the original and totally hollow construction with a sound post directly under the bridge.

The Abbey Road is of pressed laminate construction based on the Gibson 330/ Epiphone Casino profile and dimensions and uses locally sourced luan ply. The neck is mahogany and the fretboard is macassar ebony.

The body has three ply white/black/white binding but no binding to the neck, and a sunburst finish at the request of the purchaser.

The first Abbey Road is fitted with Tonerider Rebel 90 P90 pickups and has no scratch plate.

This guitar has been made for our friend Errol…