Three guitar updates!

The site has been updated today with new pages on three separate guitars. Firstly, the Great Guitar Build Off 2020 finished a while ago….I just managed to finish my guitar in time to submit it for the competition. Take a look at page three of that build to see what happened!

Next I finished the Phoenix Tele, which had to play second fiddle to the GGBO build for time reasons. It was finally completed and sent to its owner, though, and you can see the latter stages of the build on page two of that build.

Lastly, I started a new guitar, continuing the phoenix theme in a way! It’s a version of a Firebird that’s being built for someone who contacted me after seeing the GGBO videos, and you can see how that’s coming along on page one of the Bird of Flame!

Bits of a new guitar build!

More updates

I’ve now finished updating the website, with pages added for all of the recent guitar builds, in anticipation of huge amounts of visitors due to the Great Guitar Build Off! Perhaps…

Take a look at the Build Gallery page to see all of my builds, including the ones that are in progress. If you want to stay up to date, find me on Instagram by searching for #gloopyguitars.

GGBO 2020

GGBO is the Great Guitar Build Off, a competition started by Ben Crowe of Crimson Guitars and involving a number of other well-known YouTubers (some of them more attractive than others….mentioning no names!). More information is available at

I’ve decided to enter as an unofficial challenger, and you can see the start of this build on my Great Guitar Build Off page!

Some bits of wood. No, really!

I am also going to do a major update of this site over the coming days, as it’s lagging well behind my latest builds, so watch out for more pages and pictures very soon!

Build updates

Things have been slow over the last nine months…I moved house and my initial workshop setup in the garage of my new place didn’t work out, so it took me time to get a decent workshop set up in the cellar instead. However, now I’m back up to full speed, and since we’re all on Corona lockdown, plenty of things have been happening!

The Pencil Tele was finished recently, and you can see the final guitar on page three.

I have also started working on a new project – a guitar with a chess theme. You can see a bit of the idea in the picture below, but for more details take a look at page one of that build! More to come soon…

The body and some other bits and pieces

The other two builds that I’ve had in the works for a while are the V bass and the Resin River Guitar. Both of these builds are nearing completion, and I will post pages on them when they are done.


As you might notice, I don’t update this website very often. However, I recently created an Instagram account, and I try to post pictures on there of my builds in progress several times a week.

If you want to follow me on there, just search for “jonathan.oakey” and you should find it easily. Give me lots of likes! 🙂

Ambler Guitars Course

In March 2019, I followed a seven-day guitar building course at Ambler Guitars in Derbyshire. John Ambler has recently started running courses a few times a year, and I was eager to sign up for one of his first courses since I love his guitars.

Me and the result of the course!

Although you can already see the finished guitar in the picture above, you can see more photos from the seven days and a description of the course on the following pages: Part 1, Part 2. I suggest that you start with Part 1!