Guitar Gallery

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



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


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.

79: – 79 0407 – Adrian’s Telecaster (2007)

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

number79I built this guitar for my friend (and one of the best guitar players I’ve ever met) Adrian Lillis using a centre-joined swamp ash body, and a highly figured, flat sawn maple neck with similarly highly figured maple fret board. The guitar is fitted with Kinman Tele pickups.

After 79 instruments, the hazards of loose screws on the workbench should be a thing of the past- but not so! The “Bucket Blue” had to be resprayed to the back of the instrument and the soft maple fretboard proved to be entertaining to get the frets level. However, the end result proved to be most satisfactory.

As a demonstration just why I regard Adrian as one of the best guitar players I’ve ever met…  Raising the Roof

78: – 78 0407 – “King V” styled custom instrument for Luke Faull (2007)

Saturday, November 7th, 2009


Custom-built instrument for Luke Faull. This is a Jackson “King V”- styled guitar based on the internet picture brought to me in March this year. It is of neck-through design with African mahogany “wings” and a maple neck with ebony fret board with shark fin MOP inlays. Hardware is “Cosmo Black” Gotoh and we used EMG 81 pickups.

75: – 75 0606 – Wolfgang style guitar for Paul (2006)

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

number75This guitar was made for Paul Wilson using highly figured sapele that Paul found on the net and was purchased from the same source as the top for the previous guitar. The neck is bird’s eye maple with a sapele headstock veneer. Finish to body is vintage clear two pack polyurethane and the headstock only is painted, with the neck unfinished, but polished, according to Paul’s requirements.

72: – 72 1204 – Frankston Guitar Festival guitar. (2004)

Saturday, November 7th, 2009


Guitar is tone chambered mahogany with a figured maple cap and is based on PRS-body shape with a glued in neck and three DiMarzio HS-2 stacked humbuckers in Strat configuration. Switching allows for ALL pickup combinations and single coil and/or humbucking operation. Finish is transparent blue-green.

As may have been predicted, the switching options made for a confusing guitar to play…

The guitar was stolen from Music Aviva in Daylesford in 2005.

70: – 70 0804- The “SRG” Strat for John Sullivan (2004)

Saturday, November 7th, 2009


Made to John Sullivan’s specifications, made of Southern Swamp Ash with maple neck and striped ebony fret board. The guitar has a glued in neck and is of similar construction to Richard Kornas’s “Mudflapocaster”. The machine heads are Gotoh traditional Strat type with “Magnum Lock”. Pickups are Kinman pickups, purchased by John. Timber, hardware and labour were provided in exchange for John’s locking system Japanese Strat. The guitar is finished in Tobacco Sunburst. “JBS” is inlaid at the twelfth fret position in mother-of-pearl. After some four years of constant use, there has been no movement in the neck whatsoever.

62: – 62 0803 – Clint Lowe Project. (2003)

Saturday, November 7th, 2009


This guitar was built for Clint Lowe of Bendigo. He brought a picture of the Merle Haggard Tele and asked if I could build one similar.

My concern was Fender’s litigious attitude at the time and I was reluctant to make something that too closely resembled the Fender guitar. We changed a number of elements including some structural features and significantly the way the neck blended into the body, most noticeably at the back.

The guitar used Gotoh gold-plated hardware and Kinman Tele pickups. The figured maple for the top, neck and fretboard, sourced from the US, was indeed spectacular.

61: – 61 0503 – RGec-59-Arch-top semi-acoustic (2003)

Saturday, November 7th, 2009


Tacoma shape with Bigsby and two basic P90 pickups. White acrylic.

This guitar appeared on the Grouse Guitar website in 2009 and was sold by Neil in 2011, after he used it for a year or so.