Guitar Gallery

12817- Olivia’s guitar

September 22nd, 2017

This RGa 35 model guitar was made for granddaughter Olivia’s 18th birthday.

The top is torrefied spruce that has been lightly braced and the back and sides are plantation-grown mahogany, finished in untinted clear and fitted with a K&K Pure pickup.

The guitar is very light, with lovely tone and surprising volume…

12717- Lyndon’s classical

July 28th, 2017

This classical guitar was built for Lyndon to replace his very old Maton classical that I’ve repaired a number of times.

The new guitar has a torrefied spruce top and the back and sides are Indian rosewood that has been in my stock of timber for well over twenty years.

The guitar is fitted with a K&K Pure Classical pickup system.

The guitar has been built so that it is light and hopefully resonant and but I’m yet to be convinced that the torrefied wood provides the benefits of the propaganda. Whilst it sounds good, I was hoping for a better outcome. However, the pickup system delivers a really good sounding instrument and it will be played through Lyndon’s amp system often as not…

I have inlaid a paua shell sound hole rosette and a similar but much smaller fretboard inlay as I inlaid in the harp guitar- 11414- also made for Lyndon a couple of years ago.

The machine heads are Grover classicals.

12617- Lachlan’s Abbey Road.

July 17th, 2017

A very special Abbey road, with Bigsby.

Lachlan built his own 40th birthday present over about 4 weeks.

12517- David’s BYO acoustic guitar

July 17th, 2017

David built himself an RGa-35, using a sitka spruce top and Macassar ebony back and sides, with a herringbone sound hole inlay and herringbone and rosewood binding.

The guitar is also fitted with a K&K Pure pickup.

12416- Vinci’s Goldmaster

October 20th, 2016

For Vinci’s third Richards guitar, he wanted something a bit different- a Strat shaped mahogany body with a maple Radiomaster neck, with relic-ed hardware, a cream scratchplate and a black -over -sunburst paint job also suitably relic-ed…

The guitar was fitted with a pair of suitably distressed Brierley B90 single coil pickups.

12316-Lindsay’s Abbey Road

April 23rd, 2016

Lindsay built this Abbey Road with me over a period of exactly two months, starting February 23, 2016 and the guitar was completed on April 23, 2016.

12215- James’s Abbey Road

March 29th, 2016

Started in September 2015, it’s taken James a few months to make his own Abbey Road guitar, under my instruction.

The end result is just wonderful, with no indication whatsoever that the maker is only 14 years old…

Because James really liked the sound produced by Errol’s Abbey Road- Serial Number 12015 – we’ve again fitted Tonerider Rebel p90 pickups rather than the usual Brierleys.

12115- David’s BYO Abbey Road.

February 29th, 2016

Identical to the first Abbey Road but painted red and fitted with Mick Brierley’s B90 pickups.

I must also acknowledge that David helped me refine both the design and production methods for this guitar…

12015- The first Abbey Road

January 29th, 2016

Based on the “fabled” 330 (pictured), the Abbey Road is an almost-faithful reconstruction but with some minor changes, notably a 25″ scale length, instead of 24 3/4″, the neck/body join is at the 19th fret rather than the 16th of the original and totally hollow construction with a sound post directly under the bridge.

The Abbey Road is of pressed laminate construction based on the Gibson 330/ Epiphone Casino profile and dimensions and uses locally sourced luan ply. The neck is mahogany and the fretboard is macassar ebony.

The body has three ply white/black/white binding but no binding to the neck, and a sunburst finish at the request of the purchaser.

The first Abbey Road is fitted with Tonerider Rebel 90 P90 pickups and has no scratch plate.

This guitar has been made for our friend Errol…

11915- prototype Abbey Road

January 29th, 2016