Guitar Gallery

10613- RGa-35 for Lindsay

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Lindsay’s 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…

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…

http://www.metatube.com/en/videos/173711/Gold-Fields-Performs-Moves-Live-JKL-2822013/

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!

30-100 Anniversary Radiomaster

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

This guitar celebrates thirty years and one hundred Richards guitars and was made to the specifications of David Shorten, using the best pieces of quilted maple we could find and quilted maple binding along with the standard mahogany construction of the Radiomaster Series. The guitar uses gold hardware and Harmonic Design Z90 pickups.

98- 981010- Dark Horse Archtop

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Made for the co-designer of the Radiomaster, Paul Mah. The archtop is built using the traditional laminate construction employed by Gretsch and Gibson since time immemorial…The hardware is as for the Radiomasters and we’ve also used the Z90 pickups.

Recently, the pickups were changed for a pair of Mick Brierley’s chrome-cover humbuckers and the guitar has taken on a much mellower character…

97- Radiomaster Deluxe, chrome hardware.

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Number 97 is another Radiomaster Deluxe,  seen here in the hands of Geoff Achison.

I would love Geoff to play a Radiomaster, but he’s a one guitar man-and it’s a PRS…

96-Radiomaster Deluxe, gold hardware, sunburst.

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

This Radiomaster Deluxe belongs to Mick Field, purchased in May, 2011.

95- Radiomaster Standard, Ivory.

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

The “Reverse Tuxedo” Radiomaster in the hands of Matt Quin from Bendigo’s The Regular Joes.

Here’s their Facebook page.. http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Regular-Joes/53434591383