lot of beautiful old Fenders fell prey to chisel-wielding maniacs back
in the 70's and 80's..your guitar doesn't have to suffer this
indignity any longer!!! Check out our work..
1959 Telecaster ( pictures above ) - We fixed the humbucking route in
this guitar, but I wasn't happy with the look of the new wood compared
to the original. The first picture shows how I fogged in some paint to
simulate the color of the ash in the body, then I used a small brush to
paint in the grain lines.The second picture shows how it looked after
the guitar was repainted in Fender blonde. (Note - the final buffing
has not yet been done in these pics). I'll let the picture speak for
1956 Telecaster ( pictures above) - This guitar had more extensive
routing, as the first picture shows. In addition to a humbucking route,
a channel was routed for a coil splitting switch. The second picture
shows the same guitar with the routes refilled in ash. The third
picture shows the guitar painted and drying along with other tele
bodies. The repaired guitar is second from front. Notice how all the
bodies are lighter under the pickguard, bridge and control plate areas
to simulate the look of an original finish.
1963 Stratocaster ( pictures above) - This one was a real mess .
Two humbucking routes with a curved route for a coil splitting switch.
The first picture shows the body in all it's glory, with the damaged
areas outlined in pencil and ready to be squared up. The second picture
shows the same guitar, repaired, and painted.
This 1956 tweed Fender case (pics above) was in horrible shape
when I bought it at the Seattle vintage show. It had no covering
whatsoever, broken spine, the top was completely seperated from the
bottom, and the interior was loose and very dirty. I removed all
the hardware from the case, fiberglassed it and recovered the case
with new tweed. I didn't like the look of the new tweed, so I sprayed
it with amber lacquer and fogged in some darker areas to simulate
water stains and diet. The next step was to reattach all the original
hardware with blind rivets identical to the original ones. The interior
was steam cleaned and reinstalled, along with a new parts compartment I
built. The Mary Kaye strat looks right at home..don't you think?
When this white strat case showed up (pics above) it was very dirty,
the handle was damaged, the interior was loose and the leather ends
were missing. I think it looks better now.
I've actually been building roadcases for
longer than I've been painting guitars.
1) This first case is for my Mesa Boogie
bass amp. I wanted one case where everything was already wired up and I
could just show up at the gig and play. The head and tuner aremounted
in a shock mounted inner case. In the third picture, you'll notice I've
built in a sliding drawer for pedals and cords. When you show up at the
gig with an amp this heavy, you find out who you real friends are!!!
2)The older I get, the more I value convenience. The bottom part of this case is a normal
sleeve for my Deluxe Reverb amp, the top part of the case opens up and
is divided for storage of guitar stands, cords , and accessories. The
optional talking Dr.Evil
doll is in charge of world domination and crowd control at our gigs!
This is my custom amp built by my good friend Shannon Coberly at
Trimmed and Burnin' amps in Bellingham, Washington. (Check out
Shannon's website in my links section). The amp is basically a
handwired tweed deluxe, but I wanted it built into a bluesbreaker style
cabinet with 2-10" speakers. Shannon sent up the bare box, I covered it
in the Marshall white levant vinyl and salt and pepper grill cloth. A
trick feature of this amp is the light up logo..cool on a dark
Here is another bluesbreaker style cab finished in red Marshall
levant (pics above) - The amp is actually a Traynor Guitar-Mate
Reverb..Traynor made great copies of blackfaced Fender amps right
here in Canada in the late 60's and 70's. This amp is now owned by my
good buddy Greg Johnson of Tacoma. Rock on, dude!
Here is a 1964 Vox AC-30
top boost head (pics above) - I made a solid pine AC-30 combo cab for
it and decided to go for the early look with the fawn vinyl and brown
diamond grillecloth. A great sounding amp which sounds even better if
you wear the Beatles wig!
Parts Finding Service
the past 20 years or so, I have built up a great network of sources for
vintage guitar and amplifier parts. These are all stand-up people who
sell the real deal. If you need something, give me a call..maybe I can
help. Unfortunately for you and I , all these people know what their
parts are worth..no $500.00 double-white PAF's, I'm afraid!