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!

Big build update – Jan 2019

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!

Another build: Fankenstein’s Monster!

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.

Another new build – the White Lace Tele

I recently made a start on another guitar for a friend.  I’m calling it the White Lace Tele because it’s a tele-shaped body with a lacewood cap, which will be stained white.

You can read a bit more description and see a few pictures on the first page for this build.  More to come soon!

The top for this guitar, together with the neck of the 12-string

Inlays on the twelve-string

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!

Small update on the 12-string

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! 🙂

There is a reason why the inside is stained red!

New main page – Build Gallery

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.

Random picture of a guitar during the build process!

Big update on finished guitars!

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.

Next the baritone “Freak” that I made as an experimental build for the course.

Finally the Hybrid Tele, which is the first guitar that I’ve made for someone else!

I’m currently finishing off the wenge 339 and working hard on the new 12-string build, so there will be more news soon!