Guitar Gallery

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

94-940810- Black Radiomaster Standard.

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

This guitar was made especially for Vinci Andanar of local band Gold Fields, and has a non-standard pearl scratchplate and maple headstock.

It is set up for 11 to 54 gauge strings.

Vinci in action with Gold Fields in Adelaide, September 2011.

93- 930610- Sunburst Radiomaster Deluxe

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

930610 is the first Radiomaster Deluxe produced.

The specifications are the same as the Standard but the Deluxe uses gold hardware and is fitted with a gold Bigsby tremolo system.

This guitar is also featured in the Radiomaster section.

This Radiomaster Deluxe was bought by Frank from Mt Eliza. When we spoke recently, I got the impression that he was rather pleased with his recent acquisition…and he got it for a good price…

92- 920610 Black Standard Radiomaster

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

One of the first series of Radiomasters made, this guitar was kept as a demonstration model for a year or so and was put to really good use…

I had contacted Mick Brierley about supplying pickups for the Radiomasters but at that time, he wasn’t producing any P90 style pickups. When he did several months later, he sent me a pair for assessment and I installed them into this guitar – I’ve used Mick’s “B90s” ever since.

The guitar was eventually sold through the Music Swap Shop to Nick Wilson of Melbourne.

At the end of 2015, the guitar was returned to me because it had experienced a cracked headstock which was duly repaired with no lasting ill effects.

91- The first production Radiomaster

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

910610- The first “production” Radiomaster, finished in transparent red, featuring on the Radiomaster section of the website.

This guitar belongs to Heath Joyce , a really nice local guitar player and teacher, and the guitar can be heard front and centre in Heath’s band, Brother Popcorn.

Brother Popcorn

Have a listen…

Brother Popcorn – Demo – 02 Chicken Pox

And have a look…

90- Radiomaster prototype

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

90310 is the prototype Radiomaster designed by Paul Mah and myself.

The guitar uses swietenia mahogany for both the neck and the body and the fretboard is rosewood. The pickups decided on for the Radiomaster are Harmonic Design Z90s and the hardware is Grover machine heads and Gotoh bridge and tailpiece.

The first of these guitars is finished in tobacco sunburst and has a black acrylic scratchplate.

This guitar is owned by another of my favourite players, Shane Gilbert.

Shane plays this guitar on the Audio Samples section of my website.

Several years later and Shane is still playing his Radiomaster, slightly modified with Brierley humbucking pickups and a cream scratchplate with Geoff Achison at The Matt Cave in late 2014..

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 .

87:- 870909- James’ mini PRS (2009)

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

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My elder grandson James is a keen budding guitar player and the inexpensive “beginner’s guitar” I bought him to start on just doesn’t do it. When James visits, he loves to play my guitar, a McCarty PRS. So…for his birthday, Grandad had to make him his own electric guitar, a miniature version of the McCarty.

The guitar is 75mm shorter in scale length and the construction is pretty much the same as the genuine item. The machineheads and bridge are Wilkinson and the pickups are WSC humbuckers. The strings are 10 to 46s and the little guitar is surprisingly playable.

84:- 840309 – Duo Jet- style guitar for John Sullivan (2009)

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

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This instrument was made for John because Dave Gilmour of Pink Floyd has used a Duo Jet on Floyd recordings and, as a guitarist in a Floyd tribute band, something with similar characteristics was needed.

The guitar has a chambered mahogany body with a maple cap, High Sensitivity Filtertrons and a genuine Bigsby which give the guitar its Duo Jet characteristics. The top and headstock are painted transparent green with back, sides and neck painted dark mahogany. Machine heads are Grovers with 18:1 tuning ratio.