• Refinishing
  • Baritone Sonex Refin

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    My friend Joe from Robot Monster Guitars came across this old Sonex body with a baritone neck and Bigsby Tremolo. It looked terrible but was structurally sound.  I refinished it in metallic green with a custom headstock decal, cut a custom pickguard and truss rod cover, cut a new bone nut, and wired it up.  It’s ready for the next Cutthroat’s gig!

    If you haven’t become a customer at Robot Monster yet, you’re missing out. Check out the segment that aired on Fox 29 last week.

     

  • Refinishing
  • G & L Refinishing with Comfort Contouring

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    A good friend of mine decided he would like to have his G & L ASAT contoured for more comfortable playing and routed for a humbucker in the bridge position. I rounded and relieved the waist, lower bout, and the backside of the horn to facilitate playing high up the neck. The original flat finish was a little opaque and obscured a really nice ash body but after filling the grain with a dark filler and finishing in transparent red mahogany the beauty of the wood really came through. With the addition of a custom cut pickguard and a half tele bridge it was ready to go. This is a really nice sounding guitar with a great feel.

  • Refinishing
  • 1961 Gibson SG Special Refinish

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    I finally finished restoring this ’61 SG. It needed a little bit of binding repair, filling of an ill advised pickup rout, and refinishing in cherry red. Oh…. and removing Ted Nugent’s signature.

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    Someone decided it would be nice to rout and install for a telecaster bridge pickup.

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    In this shot I am working on the rout repair but you can see where the the bridge angle was reduced to accommodate a more modern lightning bolt bridge. I moved it back to the original location and patched the hole.

  • Refinishing
  • 70’s Les Paul Deluxe Refinish

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    This poor Les Paul Deluxe suffered the rigors of the arid New Mexico climate. The maple cap was split and pulling away form the mahogany body in several places. The owner opted to replace the mini humbuckers with vintage P-90’s and have it refinished a Gold Top.

    The frets were in need of being replaced and the binding nibs had already been removed so I took the opportunity to flatten the fretboard before replacing the frets.

  • Refinishing
  • 1936 Gibson EH-150

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    I found this 1936 Gibson EH-150 on ebay a while back and have been slowly restoring it. I got it for next to nothing, most likely because it had no hardware and no pickup and the likelihood of tracking down these original parts is pretty slim and would be expensive. It struck me as a worthwhile project to test out building a Charlie Christian style pickup and milling the hardware from scratch. I was lucky enough to find replica knobs from Fake 58.

    My good friend Gene Warner was kind enough to record a little sample (you don’t want to hear me play it!)

    I found this 1936 Gibson EH-150 on ebay a while back and have been slowly restoring it. I got it for next to nothing, most likely because it had no hardware and no pickup and the likelihood of tracking down these original parts is pretty slim and would be expensive. It struck me as a worthwhile project to test out building a Charlie Christian style pickup and milling the hardware from scratch. I was lucky enough to find replica knobs from Fake 58.

    My good friend Gene Warner was kind enough to record a little sample (you don’t want to hear me play it!)

    EH-150.mp3