Guitar Gallery

102- 1021211 Ashlea’s Ukulele

December 21st, 2011

The first- and perhaps only- ukulele made.

The little instrument used varying varieties of mahogany in its construction, but the machine heads are Grovers, like on No. 101 and the top and headstock received three ply binding. The owner’s initials are inlaid into the headstock in mother-of-pearl.

101- 1010611 Bob’s RGa 35/14

August 5th, 2011

Number 101 was built specifically for my old friend Bob, and I have to say that I’m really pleased with the outcome. The  14 fret, RGa-35 acoustic has a Master Grade Englemann spruce top and Swietenia mahogany neck, back and sides. It has a similar 12th fret and headstock pearl inlay to the Bronzewing (No 89) and a similarly shaped bridge. The binding is makore and the bridge and headstock overlay are Australian lacewood.

The guitar is light, very responsive and LOUD! It has been set up with a low action and is a delight to play.

Bob recently informed me that his son Sam is now the new owner of what has to be one of the best of my small bodied acoustics built so far.

I have to approve because I know that Sam will do it justice!

30-100 Anniversary Radiomaster

March 23rd, 2011

This guitar celebrates thirty years and one hundred Richards guitars and was made to the specifications of David Shorten, using the best pieces of quilted maple we could find and quilted maple binding along with the standard mahogany construction of the Radiomaster Series. The guitar uses gold hardware and Harmonic Design Z90 pickups.

990413- Radiomaster Deluxe

December 24th, 2010

I made this guitar for Paul, the co-designer of the Radiomaster because he felt that it would be only appropriate that he owned one…

This guitar is the usual construction but with an “f” hole and is fitted with a pair of Mick Brierly’s great sounding chrome cover humbucking pickups.

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.. http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Regular-Joes/53434591383

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…