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Fender Bender

Background Fender introduced the Modern Player series at the tail end of 2011.  An entry level Telecaster made in China from pine wood,  these guitars are solid and heavy! I would imagine that most guitar players dream of owning a top of the range custom shop guitar and ambition is Read more…

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She’s electric!

The chisels are calling It’s time to make sawdust Steely reminders of things left to do Monteleone -Mark Knopfler Master guitar and mandolin builder John Monteleone, forever immortalised in song by Mark Knopfler after having built a guitar for him, has stated that he always builds a guitar in its Read more…

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The final countdown

It’s close enough kid, we aren’t making watches… Closing in on the nerve-racking moment whereby the body and neck would be joined together in permanent union ready to accept the long-awaited makeover of nitrocellulose varnish, I decided for the first time to slot the pieces together purely as a temporary Read more…

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I’d rather go bind

“When evil men destroy, good men must build and bind”.  ―Anas Aremeyaw Anas   I am not wishing to trivialise this quotation from Anas Aremeyaw Anas, an award winning Ghanaian journalist who has written extensively about human rights abuses and other serious issues, but his quotation caught my eye in the Read more…

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Workin’ Out!

Barney Kessel Quartet – 1961 In these modern times the term “working out” is most regularly applied to a variety of unspeakable acts of physical training and I apologise if I have caused any alarm in using it.  Thankfully there are alternative and potentially less intimidating definitions of the term.  Read more…

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Everybody was kerfing…

The rebuilding begins. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts” Winston Churchill If not immediately apparent it will soon become clear to the reader that I am not a qualified luthier.  In fact no skills are possessed beyond the rudimentary level Read more…

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Bits & Pieces

The dismembered body! “I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel…” ― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein Having permitted a respectable 30 year gap to open since attempting to create a new guitar from the corpse of another,  the concluding weeks of 2016 seemed without rhyme Read more…

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I want to paint it black

For those that have followed my inane ramblings to date and managed to travel through time by my side, we are now comfortably ensconced in the mid 1980’s. You will recall from my last piece that a slab of Oregon pine is skulking ominously in the background, harbouring untold horrors Read more…

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The eve of destruction

In late 1982 as was my wont, I was browsing the music section of a local bookshop and stumbled across a delightful tome entitled The Guitar Handbook written by a Mr. Ralph Denyer.  In a moment of depraved spontaneity I purchased the publication and spent ensuing weeks studying scales, modes and Read more…

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In the beginning

If you will indulge me for a moment whilst I amble a few metres down memory lane I would like to offer some context on how I became the owner of a Shaftesbury Model 3264 guitar. Around 1976/77 I was playing cornet in our school band.  This was something that resonated Read more…