Guitar Gallery

11214- Sinker Redwood Acoustic

April 29th, 2014

Very much a collaboration between Luke and myself, this guitar is a Sinker Redwood top and cocobolo rosewood back and sides dreadnought.

We sat at my computer and looked at what was available from various suppliers and chose the best pieces of wood that we could find for Luke’s project.

The result proved to be exactly what we were both hoping for- a spectacular looking guitar with great tone and responsiveness which was evident right from the moment the strings were fitted.

A day later and it’s on its way to Canada with its new owner…

11114- Paul’s New Archtop

January 22nd, 2014

Paul has commissioned a new archtop in the same look as his large body archtop, No. 981010, but with a centre block similar to a 335.

This is the design concept that Paul sent me before I started the project…

…and the completed result, with Paul’s headstock design.

It’s fitted with a set of Brierley humbucking pickups and the usual hardware including 18:1 Grover machineheads.

11013- Radiomaster Deluxe Hollowbody

November 28th, 2013

Another variation on the Radiomaster theme, this guitar uses the usual mahogany body, but is substantially routed Rickenbacker- style with a figured maple cap and “f” hole.

The guitar is appreciably lighter than the usual Radiomaster and has a bound body, neck and headstock.

The pickups are Mick Brierley’s B90s.

10913- John’s BYO guitar

September 24th, 2013

John has also been building this guitar under my instruction- an RGa 35 acoustic using identical construction to No 10813.

Construction details- 4A grade Englemann spruce top with blackwood back, sides and neck, ebony fretboard, MOP inlays to headstock and 12th fret, Grover machine heads.

10813- Ian’s BYO guitar

September 24th, 2013

Ian built his own RGa-35 acoustic under my instruction over a period of 14 weekly sessions.

The guitar is the usual RGa construction using a 4A Englemann spruce top and blackwood back, sides and neck.

10713-Radiomaster S/S Bass

July 20th, 2013

The Short Scale Radiomaster Deluxe Bass has body construction that is very similar to the 6 string Radiomaster, but with an extended neck pocket and the treble pickup is placed between the scratchplate and the bridge.

The controls are identical- volume, tone and pickup selector.

The 30.5″ scale neck is three piece laminated maple, with a lacquered figured maple fretboard. The headstock is standard Radiomaster shape and size.

The machine heads are Gotoh and this bass is fitted with GFS Music Man bass pickups.

10613- RGa-35

June 14th, 2013

This guitar is an RGa-35/14 small bodied acoustic similar to “Bob’s guitar”, No 101.

10512- Shorten guitar

April 26th, 2013

David has spent an afternoon a week for about six months to make this guitar himself, with my guidance. The guitar is of pressed laminate construction with Gretsch Filter’trons and Bigsby and Grover machine heads.

The outcome has been extremely satisfactory for both David and myself. Although he hadn’t attempted to make an instrument before, the Yellow Terror is extremely well made and finished and it plays and sounds every bit as well as any Gretsch…

104- 10412 Wolfgang- style

February 4th, 2013

Made for local guitarist, Brad Allen, this guitar is made entirely from highly figured Queensland Maple, but with a Tiger Myrtle fretboard, all sourced by Brad, all black hardware, genuine Floyd Rose and EMG pickups.

This body is finished in untinted clear two-pack polyurethane, but the neck is finished using polished tung oil.

New series serial number- number in production (104) followed by year (2012)- hence 10412.

103- 103212 Vinci’s Natural Radiomaster

February 23rd, 2012

Vinci ordered a second Radiomaster for Gold Field’s upcoming US tour next month.

He didn’t want anything changed from his black Radiomaster except…he wanted a maple scratchplate, a Bigsby and a natural finish.

The all- timber look gives the guitar a fresh appearance and possibly also improves its resonance.

As with 94, the “Richards” logo gets a bit lost because of the maple headstock veneer, but Vinci says that it has people asking “What is the guitar you’re playing?” and he’s only too happy to tell them…

Vinci played this guitar right across the US and he and it even appeared on live US television…