Guitar Gallery

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.

60: – 60 0203 – The Mike Stelzig guitar. (2003)

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

number60This guitar was constructed according to very specific drawings and information from Mike, and is made from light African mahogany with a glued-in neck. Pickups were Di Marzio PAF Pros and a Di Marzio single coil, with split switching in 2nd and 4th positions. All hardware was supplied and cost was for wood and construction only.

57: – Tim Steven’s Telecaster-type guitar (2002)

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

Although I did the majority of the work, the guitar wasn’t allocated a serial number.

54: – 54 1101- 6120-style archtop (2002)

Saturday, November 7th, 2009


Prototype guitar based on the Gretsch 6120. Construction is perhaps more acoustic than arch top but a very satisfactory instrument. It is fitted with two De Armond USA pickups and licensed Bigsby and is painted Anniversary two-tone green. The guitar was sold but when the buyer couldn’t come up with the money, it became a demonstration model.

It was subsequently bought by my friend Tony van Roevan several years later and has since become his favourite guitar.