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

66: – 66 0104 – The Mudflappocaster/Sandocaster (2004)

Saturday, November 7th, 2009


Richard’s Swamp Ash Tele. A project for Richard Kornas, this was intended as a basic Tele-type guitar using light swamp ash and maple neck and only basic pickups and hardware. The guitar, however, demanded better and we fitted better quality pickups and hardware. This guitar was inlaid with a “mudflap girl” MOP inlay at the 12th fret. The new script decal, suggested by Richard, was applied to this instrument.

Eight years later and the “Sandocaster” is still rocking…

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.

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.

37: 37/03 1997 – A Tele style guitar (1997)

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

For Harry Kuhnel of the Grizzly Bros of Geelong. The guitar used standard construction as in the past and was fitted with two PAF Pros and an HS-1. Finished in dark transparent blue, the guitar was built in exchange for a Gibson Nighthawk.

21: 21/1095- green Tele style guitar (1995)

Saturday, November 7th, 2009


This guitar was originally made for a former business partner who intended to reform his band. However, he sold the guitar a fortnight later for $900…

The guitar was traded at Fretted Instruments a year or so later and was subsequently stolen from the shop in 1996.

11: Ralph Allison Tele. (1994)

Saturday, November 7th, 2009


Mahogany body with figured maple cap and bolt-on maple neck with striped ebony fret board. Di Marzio pickups finished in three colour sunburst.

6:- Serial number 6/91, Blackwood Telecaster-style guitar. (1991)

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

This guitar was built using geluton with a blackwood cap and white binding. The Fender Strat pickups were bought from Patrick Evans who co-owned Soundware Music in Geelong with Ian Winter. Gotoh machine heads and bridge were used as it was intended to improve the quality of the componentry used. The neck is silver ash and the fret board is jarrah.

The guitar was bought by Oliver Parnaby in 1991 and it was returned to me in 2009 to be refretted and serviced, after many years of enthusiastic playing by both Oliver and his son Rick.