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 Read more…

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, Read more…

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 Read more…

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 Read more…

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 Read more…

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 Read more…