Guitar Gallery

13218- Shane’s BYO acoustic

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

Another RGa-35 acoustic, this time built by my favourite guitarist Shane Gilbert.

We built this guitar by listening carefully to the sounds of the wood as we braced the Englemann spruce top and carved the bracing and with Shane’s attention to detail and patience, he has built a truly exceptional sounding guitar that has wonderful tone, volume and playability that is right up there as one of the best sounding and playing instruments that has come out of my workshop over the last nearly thirty years. Big Statement I know…

Other details about this guitar are that it is fitted with the usual Grover 18:1 ratio machine heads and I’ve installed a K&K Pure pickup system.

The back and sides are Fijian mahogany with a bound Macassar ebony fretboard and Australian lacewood rosette.

13118- Abbey Road Deluxe

Saturday, May 19th, 2018

A slight variation on the Abbey Road concept with binding to headstock and fretboard and a Bigsby B11, and only a single volume and tone control.

The pickups are the usual Brierley B90s, using cream surrounds rather than the usual black.

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 RGac-59, 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-Blue Abbey Road

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

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