Guitar Gallery

98- 981010- Dark Horse Archtop

December 23rd, 2010

Made for the co-designer of the Radiomaster, Paul Mah. The archtop is built using the traditional laminate construction employed by Gretsch and Gibson since time immemorial…The hardware is as for the Radiomasters and we’ve also used the Z90 pickups.

Recently, the pickups were changed for a pair of Mick Brierley’s chrome-cover humbuckers and the guitar has taken on a much mellower character…

97- Radiomaster Deluxe, chrome hardware.

December 23rd, 2010

Number 97 is another Radiomaster Deluxe,  seen here in the hands of Geoff Achison.

I would love Geoff to play a Radiomaster, but he’s a one guitar man-and it’s a PRS…

96-Radiomaster Deluxe, gold hardware, sunburst.

December 23rd, 2010

This Radiomaster Deluxe belongs to Mick Field, purchased in May, 2011.

95- Radiomaster Standard, Ivory.

October 6th, 2010

The “Reverse Tuxedo” Radiomaster in the hands of Matt Quin from Bendigo’s The Regular Joes.

Here’s their Facebook page..

94-940810- Black Radiomaster Standard.

October 6th, 2010

This guitar was made especially for Vinci Andanar of local band Gold Fields, and has a non-standard pearl scratchplate and maple headstock.

It is set up for 11 to 54 gauge strings.

Vinci in action with Gold Fields in Adelaide, September 2011.

93- 930610- Sunburst Radiomaster Deluxe

October 6th, 2010

930610 is the first Radiomaster Deluxe produced.

The specifications are the same as the Standard but the Deluxe uses gold hardware and is fitted with a gold Bigsby tremolo system.

This guitar is also featured in the Radiomaster section.

This Radiomaster Deluxe was bought by Frank from Mt Eliza. When we spoke recently, I got the impression that he was rather pleased with his recent acquisition…and he got it for a good price…

92- 920610 Black Standard Radiomaster

October 6th, 2010

One of the first series of Radiomasters made, this guitar was kept as a demonstration model for a year or so and was put to really good use…

I had contacted Mick Brierley about supplying pickups for the Radiomasters but at that time, he wasn’t producing any P90 style pickups. When he did several months later, he sent me a pair for assessment and I installed them into this guitar – I’ve used Mick’s “B90s” ever since.

The guitar was eventually sold through the Music Swap Shop to Nick Wilson of Melbourne.

At the end of 2015, the guitar was returned to me because it had experienced a cracked headstock which was duly repaired with no lasting ill effects.

91- The first production Radiomaster

October 6th, 2010

910610- The first “production” Radiomaster, finished in transparent red, featuring on the Radiomaster section of the website.

This guitar belongs to Heath Joyce , a really nice local guitar player and teacher, and the guitar can be heard front and centre in Heath’s band, Brother Popcorn.

Brother Popcorn

Have a listen…

Brother Popcorn – Demo – 02 Chicken Pox

And have a look…

90- Radiomaster prototype

October 6th, 2010

90310 is the prototype Radiomaster designed by Paul Mah and myself.

The guitar uses swietenia mahogany for both the neck and the body and the fretboard is rosewood. The pickups decided on for the Radiomaster are Harmonic Design Z90s and the hardware is Grover machine heads and Gotoh bridge and tailpiece.

The first of these guitars is finished in tobacco sunburst and has a black acrylic scratchplate.

This guitar is owned by another of my favourite players, Shane Gilbert.

Shane plays this guitar on the Audio Samples section of my website.

Several years later and Shane is still playing his Radiomaster, slightly modified with Brierley humbucking pickups and a cream scratchplate with Geoff Achison at The Matt Cave in late 2014..

89- 890210-: Geoff’s Dreadnought (2010)-The Bronzewing.

February 4th, 2010

imgp00041A Dreadnought very similar in construction to the “Dark Horse” and using Master grade Englemann spruce and top quality Indian rosewood back and sides.

Geoff McArthur and I go back a long way and we used to play together in the “Olden Days” when we were both much younger. Geoff seems to have developed quite a reputation as a songwriter and performer, as well as a mentor of future performers.

Anyway, I’ve been keen to make an instrument for Geoff for years and I’m delighted that he’s finally decided to allow me to do something about it! The inlay designs on the fretboard and headstock, as well as the unique bridge design, are as a result of a red or two we shared out in the workshop…

Geoff posted this on his Facebook page this morning…

Thanks Geoff…