Guitar Gallery

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.

88:- 881209- Darren’s Ricky 381- style guitar (2009)

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Darren approached me in the middle of 2009 to build a Rickenbacker- style guitar for him. As a Ricky owner, he wanted a 381- style guitar but with humbucking pickups while keeping the Ricky vibe.

The design was based on the 381 with the carved edge front and back but we reversed the headstock and fitted a Bigsby trem system. The pickups that Darren chose are GFS Retrotron “Memphis” units and the guitar was painted to match his Wine Red Les Paul. The construction was Ricky-based using a nice quilted maple top and with heavy white/black/white binding. The rosewood fretboard was inlaid with LP-style mother-of-pearl block markers .

53: – 53 0502 (2002)

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

This is a PRS-shaped hollowbody with a ply top and back and pine ribs (or sides) with no shaping to top or back, with a glued-in mahogany neck and “f” holes. The guitar is fitted with a basic tailpiece and a tune-o-matic bridge and two basic P90 type pickups. This instrument reappeared in October, 2007 because the tailpiece-type stringing that the buyer requested caused the top (and back) to deform. The wraparound bridge system originally intended was refitted and the problem should now be solved.