Guitar Gallery

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.

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.

12215- James’s Abbey Road

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Started in September 2015, it’s taken James a few months to make his own Abbey Road guitar, under my instruction.

The end result is just wonderful, with no indication whatsoever that the maker is only 14 years old…

Because James really liked the sound produced by Errol’s Abbey Road- Serial Number 12015 – we’ve again fitted Tonerider Rebel p90 pickups rather than the usual Brierleys.

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…

11915- prototype Abbey Road

Friday, January 29th, 2016

11114- Paul’s New Archtop

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Paul has commissioned a new archtop in the same look as his large body archtop, No. 981010, but with a centre block similar to a 335.

This is the design concept that Paul sent me before I started the project…

…and the completed result, with Paul’s headstock design.

It’s fitted with a set of Brierley humbucking pickups and the usual hardware including 18:1 Grover machineheads.

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…

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…

65: – 651103 – Ray Mikus project (2003)

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

number65

“White Falcon” style guitar with two Gretsch pickups and trapeze tailpiece.The customer supplied the hardware and pickups.

Note the custom inlay in the headstock.

This guitar appeared on the Music Swapshop website in 2011, suitably upgraded, looking like this…