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.
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!
I haven’t updated this site for a few months, but in that time I’ve been pretty busy! At last, I have added new pages to show all of the recent progress on my guitar builds. This covers no less than four instruments!
Firstly, I finished the crazy 12-string, and I added a page on the construction phase, and a page on the inlays and completion of the guitar. The index page also links to a series of videos that I published on YouTube, since this build included a number of unusual features.
Secondly, I completed the multiscale guitar that I dubbed Fankenstein’s Monster. This guitar has a 25.5 – 26.5″ scale, and a rather unusual headstock design. I was particularly pleased with the stain on the top, and that’s covered in page two of that build.
The last guitar that I finished in 2018 was the White Lace Tele. This was the second guitar that I built for the friend who had the Hybrid Tele, and it has some different features and an unusual look. Again, the finished guitar can be seen in page two of the build.
My first project in 2019 is a regular, four-string bass guitar that I call the Cocobolo Bass. Partly inspired by some of John Ambler’s guitars, since I will be doing a course with him in March, this should turn out to be quite a looker!
In other news, I’ve recently sold a couple of guitars (my Gibson Les Paul Classic and my Yamaha bass), and I bought a Fender Rumble 200 bass amp, with a Harley Benton cab. These are rare guitar-related purchases these days, since recently I’ve mostly been buying tools or wood!
I started working on this guitar a couple of months ago, but put it to one side for a while until I finished the crazy 12-string. I’m building it for a friend of a friend in England, and it’s my first multiscale guitar.
I hope to finish this guitar in October, so come back soon to see how it’s progressing! More information and pictures are on page one of the build.
One of the two guitars that I’m building at the moment is my crazy 12-string, and in the last few weeks I’ve been working on some elaborate inlays for the fretboard. They are based on a tree of life, but a simplified version with my own designs.
The inlays are now finished, so I can get cracking with the frets and then finally putting the guitar together. Hopefully, the finished instrument will make an appearance on here in another few weeks!
Today I have finished another of the guitars that I’ve been working on for a few months – the Wenge 339. I introduced this guitar early in its build here…now click below to read about it and see pictures of the finished instrument!
As the second half of 2018 begins, I’m still working hard on the 12-string guitar. This is just an opportunity for a quick update on the progress, with a photo of the body as it is today.
This past weekend, I glued the neck into the body and I’m now trying to make sure that I do everything necessary before gluing on the top. Because there’s no back plate, for example, I had to fix the output jack in place now, as that won’t be accessible once the top is glue on – the controls will be fixed onto a removable plate on the front of the guitar, a bit like a Telecaster.
There will be a full-page update on the build in the near future…in the meantime, I hope you like this picture! 🙂
I realised that I’ve actually made a few guitars by now, and this deserved a new page on the main menu of this website. I’ve therefore made a gallery page with a photograph of each of the guitars that I have made, and links to all of the related pages.
This new page can be found under “Build Gallery” in the main menu at the top of this page. I will update it as I start or finish each guitar.
I’ve been very busily working on guitars both at home and on a third course at Crimson Guitars in March 2018. I didn’t update this site for a while, but today I’ve caught up and posted pages for three guitars that I have completed this year!
First was the Padauk Strat, which was the first guitar I finished on my own.
Having recently finished both the baritone and the hybrid tele – although I still need to update this site with the final pictures of both of those guitars – I needed a break from guitar-building. Unfortunately, though, inspiration struck for a slightly crazy new build, and I couldn’t prevent myself from leaping straight into it!
The plan is to build a hollow bodied 12-string guitar, with a rather distinctive design. It’s a bit crazy and it will be a lot of work, probably sending me mad in the process, but I’m gambling that nobody will tell the difference.
The first two pages of this build have been posted, together with an index page where you can also find links to a series of YouTube videos that I’m making about this build. As I also have a proper day job, this will probably take me a few months to complete, so come back and see how I get on with it!