Case studies...

The examples below detail some of the processes of restoration, modification and repairs to a few guitars that we have been involved with.

From "basket case" projects, to necessary repairs and improvements, as well as cosmetic makeovers....


Fender Stratocaster 1976 restoration © 2021 Guitar Angel

1976 Fender Stratocaster Restoration

This 1976 strat had many years of tobacco staining and discolouration all over the body and headstock. The pickguard was also damaged.

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Restored Epiphone Blackstone 1938 © 2021 Guitar Angel

Epiphone Blackstone restoration

This 1938 Epiphone Blackstone arrived in a bit of a sorry state with splits to the body top, a crudely added cut  in pickup and control panel along with a  bowed neck and poor neck to body angle. There was also some missing binding and the back was falling off!

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Gibson EB0 1967 restoration © 2021 Guitar Angel

Gibson EB0 1967 restoration

This bass arrived with its finish stripped off, an added rear pickup rout which had been filled, a broken pickup, no other electrics, and no fretboard!

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Gibson SG neck reset © 2021 Guitar Angel

Gibson SG neck reset

This '70's SG is the "deluxe" model which has no neck angle and the neck is set proud of the body. Over the years the body had bowed a little and the neck pulled forward making it very difficult to get a low action.

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1964 Fender Jazz bass guitar body restoration © 2021 Guitar Angel

1964 Fender Jazz bass guitar body restoration

This pre CBS Fender jazz bass arrived looking rather gloomy. The body had been repainted many times. There was black over white, red, grey, primer, more red!

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Truss rod repair to a 1974 Rickenbacker 4001 bass © 2021 Guitar Angel

Truss rod repair to a 1974 Rickenbacker 4001 bass

A repair to a Rickenbacker 4001 bass from 1974 where the truss rods would not keep the neck straight under string tension...

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