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  • Been practising with Crimson Guitar's "Stunning Stains". Biggest problem is getting a durable paper towel to apply the stuff. Going to lash out and by some "Plenty".
  • As promised. Here are the photographs of the body, as delivered. The front is Flame Maple laminate. The main-part of the body is two piece Swamp Ash.
  • Body arrived today. It is gorgeous. Beautifully finished. The Swamp Ash base is extremely well figured. The Flame Maple is very pale but quite well marked. They supplied four test pieces for colour testing. We have blue and purple stain. I had thoug…
  • So sad to hear Lester. I will pray for you.
  • I have an 85 Gordon-Smith, which I seldom play. Action is nice, and the thin neck has a lovely feel. I do like the coil tap options.
    in Epi Les Paul Comment by Jocko May 11
  • Stain arrived today. The body should ship within the fortnight.
  • Liam has pretty well settled on the configuration for the guitar he wants us to build. He is going for a Telemaster body. He has ordered a two piece Swamp Ash body with a Flame Maple laminate top, from . He has decided he …
  • They are Steinberger, but unfortunately they have been discontinued.
    in [No longer]WTB Comment by Jocko May 7
  • These guitars are awesome. I would love one. My first home build used gearless tuners (albeit on a conventional headstock) and I swear by them. They give tremendous tuning accuracy. Fan frets are great. My grandson bought a 7 string fan fret guitar …
    in [No longer]WTB Comment by Jocko May 6
  • Once I got to grip with the Floyd Rose I found it easy to work with. As a tremolo system it is better than those on the Strat and such. The fact you have to cut the ball end off the strings is a worry and getting the strings to grip was a bit hit or…
  • Starter guitars are great for learning the skills as you can buy a battered Squier for £30, take it entirely to pieces, rebuild it, set it up and if at the end of the day it is bu**ered, you are only £30 down. That is how I started. Later I bought o…
  • Thanks. That was taken back when I was into photography. Still have the cameras, just don't have the inclination.
    in Epi Les Paul Comment by Jocko March 24
  • Only difference between the two guitars is the truss rod cover. This one says Les Paul Custom, mine just says Gibson. Mine is a Samick 2002. This one is Un Sung 2005.
    in Epi Les Paul Comment by Jocko March 23
  • What a disappointment. Checked nut relief and it was a little low, but once I set the string height (bridge and fittings had been removed for cleaning), it was spot on. Neck relief was where I would have set it. I raised the pickups slightly then ha…
    in Epi Les Paul Comment by Jocko March 23
  • I've tried both and I would say that any difference is minimal. A well set up Epi is far nicer to play than a shop bought Gibson.
    in Epi Les Paul Comment by Jocko March 23
  • I also have one of my own. But I'll still enjoy playing it. Here's mine,
    in Epi Les Paul Comment by Jocko March 22
  • That's the easy bit done. The strings are on. I'll let it sit for a couple of days before I carry on with the set up, to let the neck settle. I am not sure how long it has been sitting without strings.
    in Epi Les Paul Comment by Jocko March 22
  • It sounded and played great. I would probably have kept it but it was Liam's graduation from Uni, and I wanted to give him a gift that would last. So I gave him my hand built guitar.
  • Yes. I gave it away because I was never using it. It was built for form rather than function. My grandson has it now and loves it. As does all his guitar playing buddies. If he wants a natural finish I'll strongly suggest he goes for Tru-oil. If he …
  • Guitarbodies gives you a choice of edge radius and contouring. My Tele body, used for my Tru-squire, had a tummy tuck contour specified, both top and bottom.
  • Although I used grain filler on all my previous builds. I quite like the open grain effect on this guitar. I was also thinking a two colour body may be the way to go. Getting way ahead of myself though. It is the grandson's guitar and his choi…
  • Neither of us are woodworkers, or have the tools, so we will start with a body and a neck. I have offered him a number of options to pick from, such as choice of wood, pick guard or not, hardware finish and electrics. He fancies a Tele, as he has mo…
  • Working on another lovely guitar for my eldest grandson. It is a Tanglewood Evolution Electro-Acoustic, similar to this: He was working for Cash Generator when it came in, so he got it for a great price. He brought it to me because the jack socke…
  • Neither did I, until I stumbled across them.
  • Great job. I ended up using these strings: D'Addario EJ32 Folk Nylon Normal (.028-.045) Ball End Folk Guitar Strings.
  • I have often bought albums after gigs, and been very disappointed how unlike the gig they were.
  • Well it doesn't look like I am going to be doing any gaol time. It is now well past the 14 days set for sending out a Notice of Intended Prosecution, even allowing for delays to the Royal Mail brought on by Christmas and New Year. Still. it was disc…
    in Speed Camera. Comment by Jocko January 8
  • US model as far as I am aware.
  • My brother was parting with one of his basses and offered my grandson his choice of the two. After a couple of days playing the two he chose the blonde, maple necked bass, which is actually a Squier. I had previously altered the headstock to read …
  • Thanks. Should it not have been this one?