Guitar Gallery

11013- Radiomaster Deluxe Hollowbody

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Another variation on the Radiomaster theme, this guitar uses the usual mahogany body, but is substantially routed Rickenbacker- style with a figured maple cap and “f” hole.

The guitar is appreciably lighter than the usual Radiomaster and has a bound body, neck and headstock.

The pickups are Mick Brierley’s B90s.

10913- John’s BYO guitar

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

John has also been building this guitar under my instruction- an RGa 35 acoustic using identical construction to No 10813.

Construction details- 4A grade Englemann spruce top with blackwood back, sides and neck, ebony fretboard, MOP inlays to headstock and 12th fret, Grover machine heads.

10813- Ian’s BYO guitar

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Ian built his own RGa-35 acoustic under my instruction over a period of 14 weekly sessions.

The guitar is the usual RGa construction using a 4A Englemann spruce top and blackwood back, sides and neck.

10713-Radiomaster S/S Bass

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

The Short Scale Radiomaster Deluxe Bass has body construction that is very similar to the 6 string Radiomaster, but with an extended neck pocket and the treble pickup is placed between the scratchplate and the bridge.

The controls are identical- volume, tone and pickup selector.

The 30.5″ scale neck is three piece laminated maple, with a lacquered figured maple fretboard. The headstock is standard Radiomaster shape and size.

The machine heads are Gotoh and this bass is fitted with GFS Music Man bass pickups.

10613- RGa-35

Friday, June 14th, 2013

This guitar is an RGa-35/14 small bodied acoustic similar to “Bob’s guitar”, No 101.

10512- Shorten guitar

Friday, April 26th, 2013

David has spent an afternoon a week for about six months to make this guitar himself, with my guidance. The guitar is of pressed laminate construction with Gretsch Filter’trons and Bigsby and Grover machine heads.

The outcome has been extremely satisfactory for both David and myself. Although he hadn’t attempted to make an instrument before, the Yellow Terror is extremely well made and finished and it plays and sounds every bit as well as any Gretsch…

104- 10412 Wolfgang- style

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Made for local guitarist, Brad Allen, this guitar is made entirely from highly figured Queensland Maple, but with a Tiger Myrtle fretboard, all sourced by Brad, all black hardware, genuine Floyd Rose and EMG pickups.

This body is finished in untinted clear two-pack polyurethane, but the neck is finished using polished tung oil.

New series serial number- number in production (104) followed by year (2012)- hence 10412.

103- 103212 Vinci’s Natural Radiomaster

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Vinci ordered a second Radiomaster for Gold Field’s upcoming US tour next month.

He didn’t want anything changed from his black Radiomaster except…he wanted a maple scratchplate, a Bigsby and a natural finish.

The all- timber look gives the guitar a fresh appearance and possibly also improves its resonance.

As with 94, the “Richards” logo gets a bit lost because of the maple headstock veneer, but Vinci says that it has people asking “What is the guitar you’re playing?” and he’s only too happy to tell them…

Vinci played this guitar right across the US and he and it even appeared on live US television…

102- 1021211 Ashlea’s Ukulele

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

The first- and perhaps only- ukulele made.

The little instrument used varying varieties of mahogany in its construction, but the machine heads are Grovers, like on No. 101 and the top and headstock received three ply binding. The owner’s initials are inlaid into the headstock in mother-of-pearl.

101- 1010611 Bob’s RGa 35/14

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Number 101 was built specifically for my old friend Bob, and I have to say that I’m really pleased with the outcome. The  14 fret, RGa-35 acoustic has a Master Grade Englemann spruce top and Swietenia mahogany neck, back and sides. It has a similar 12th fret and headstock pearl inlay to the Bronzewing (No 89) and a similarly shaped bridge. The binding is makore and the bridge and headstock overlay are Australian lacewood.

The guitar is light, very responsive and LOUD! It has been set up with a low action and is a delight to play.

Bob recently informed me that his son Sam is now the new owner of what has to be one of the best of my small bodied acoustics built so far.

I have to approve because I know that Sam will do it justice!