I have been tinkering around with guitars for just about as long as I can remember.
With deliberate and careful mismanagement of my financial affairs over the years, I have accumulated a delightful little collection including examples from most of the major manufacturers and some less well known.
From time to time I strum one of them as it catches my eye in the hallway, the dining room, the bedroom or whichever room I occupy at that moment. Oddly though, other than a few unplanned alcohol fuelled episodes in recent years, I rarely play guitar in public. I derive a great deal of pleasure from watching those musicians who do, and we have been lucky over the years that Northern Ireland has produced some fine players of both local and national acclaim.
Anyway, last year just before Christmas, I took a notion to plunder through my roof space for the first electric guitar I ever owned. The ambitious challenge I undertook was to restore it back to health having butchered it unforgivably in the mid 1980’s.
The guitar is a Shaftesbury Model 3264, a copy of the Gibson Barney Kessel. It was manufactured sometime between the late 1960’s and early 1970’s and that guitar’s journey is the reason I am creating this blog.
I took many photographs along the way and documented it on twitter under the hashtag #ShaftesburyRebuild. A few people saw it and asked me to take the time to “blog it properly”.
So that is where we begin and we shall see where it leads.