Guitar Gallery

11514- The Blade

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

This minimalist guitar was made for Brendan from Sydney, who sent me detailed drawings as well as a 3D view of the shape that he wanted…

Construction is a single piece of African mahogany shaped according to the drawings, Schaller bridge, Steinberger tuners and GFS mini humbucking pickups and a Steinberger fold-out leg.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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

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.

990413- Radiomaster Deluxe

Friday, December 24th, 2010

I made this guitar for Paul, the co-designer of the Radiomaster because he felt that it would be only appropriate that he owned one…

This guitar is the usual construction but with an “f” hole and is fitted with a pair of Mick Brierly’s great sounding chrome cover humbucking 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…