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19th January 2014

Gibson Les Paul top refinish

The owner of this Gibson Les Paul wanted the thin faded and rather orange peely top stripped and refinished in clear thin nitro cellulose, which really shows off some superb flame!

We set it up to our usual standard and this is what the happy customer had to say:

"Just wanted to say a big thank you for your excellent workmanship! I am over the moon with the finish on the maple top and the machine heads really look the part too. I’ve had a lot of people drooling over it the last few days and I ‘ve got a gig at the Brunswick in Gloucester next Saturday so can’t wait to show it off.

By the way, don’t know if you did some setting up, but it seems to play better. Unless it’s my imagination or new strings perhaps.

 Again a big thank you, and I won’t hesitate to recommend you and am sure will see you soon in the future for any other project I may have."



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Gibson Les Paul top refinish natural nitrocellulose © 2017 Guitar Angel
Gibson Les Paul top refinish natural nitrocellulose © 2017 Guitar Angel
Gibson Les Paul top refinish natural nitrocellulose © 2017 Guitar Angel
Gibson Les Paul top refinish natural nitrocellulose © 2017 Guitar Angel

8th December 2013

Martin D18, loose braces and crack repairs

This lovely Martin D18 from 1971 came in for a nut repair....However, we discovered that every brace on the back had a loose section which needed securing. We also found a hairline crack on the back too, so we glued this up and reinforced it with cleats on the underside.

We always strive to keep the inside as neat as the outside!

Always a pleasure restoring old instruments to top playing order.

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Martin D18, loose braces and crack repairs © 2017 Guitar Angel
Martin D18, loose braces and crack repairs © 2017 Guitar Angel
Martin D18, loose braces and crack repairs © 2017 Guitar Angel
Martin D18, loose braces and crack repairs © 2017 Guitar Angel

7th November 2013

Work on Precision bass completed

This has been an exciting restoration...1966 Fender precision which had an old jazz pickup rout. The work has now been completed and the bass reassembled and setup.

The customer wanted the extra rout filled and the body restored back to original spec. It is important with vintage instruments to maintain originality, so we repaired the area without disturbing too much of the surrounding finish. After filling the rout with alder we primed the area and colour matched the paint. The area was painted and tinted, then aged a little to blend in with the existing paintwork. The repair is completely invisible.

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Fender precision bass body restoration nitro relic daphne blue © 2017 Guitar Angel
Fender precision bass body restoration nitro relic daphne blue © 2017 Guitar Angel
Fender precision bass body restoration nitro relic daphne blue © 2017 Guitar Angel
Fender precision bass body restoration nitro relic daphne blue © 2017 Guitar Angel
Fender precision bass body restoration nitro relic daphne blue © 2017 Guitar Angel
Fender precision bass body restoration nitro relic daphne blue © 2017 Guitar Angel
Fender precision bass body restoration nitro relic daphne blue © 2017 Guitar Angel
Fender precision bass body restoration nitro relic daphne blue © 2017 Guitar Angel

8th October 2013

Fender precision bass restorations

The 70's Fender Precision bass is now finished and looks gorgeous in gleaming black nitro.

The body is from a 1966 Fender precision bass and had at sometime been fitted with a large humbucking pickup. the cavity had been crudely enlarged and a battery rout had been added to the control cavity. We have filled the routs with alser and rerouted to the original shapes. The bosy has now been primed and painted in fiesta red nitro. once hardened it will be lightly relic-ed.

The daphne blue bass is also from 1966. It has had a jazz bass pick up fittd at some point. The owner now wants the extra rout filled and the front restoring. We are hoping to effect an invisible repair and refinish over the repaired area only, complete with matching ageing to keep the original finish which is very rare.

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Fender Precision bass, body reshape to slim 60's contours © 2017 Guitar Angel
Fender Precision bass, body reshape to slim 60's contours © 2017 Guitar Angel
60's Fender precision bass, enlarged pickup cavity fill and re-rout and nitro refin © 2017 Guitar Angel
60's Fender precision bass, enlarged pickup cavity fill and re-rout and nitro refin © 2017 Guitar Angel
60's Fender precision bass, enlarged pickup cavity fill and re-rout and nitro refin © 2017 Guitar Angel
60's Fender precision bass, enlarged pickup cavity fill and re-rout and nitro refin © 2017 Guitar Angel
Fender Precision bass 1966, rare daphne blue body restoration © 2017 Guitar Angel
Fender Precision bass 1966, rare daphne blue body restoration © 2017 Guitar Angel

1st September 2013

manufacturing obsolete parts and trem conversion

We made a truss rod assembly for a customer in Dubai who has a Squier JV p bass neck which is being rebuilt. He acquired the bass with the fretboard removed and missing rod!

The owner of this 76 hardtail strat wanted it converted to a trem setup, so we measured and routed the cavities for the front and back, fitted a trem which works with the original saddles and set it up....plays great.

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making a truss rod for a Squier  JV p bass © 2017 Guitar Angel
making a truss rod for a Squier  JV p bass © 2017 Guitar Angel
making a truss rod for a Squier  JV p bass © 2017 Guitar Angel
making a truss rod for a Squier  JV p bass © 2017 Guitar Angel
truss rod assembly for Squier JV P bass © 2017 Guitar Angel
making a truss rod for a Squier  JV p bass © 2017 Guitar Angel
Tremolo conversion on 1976 Fender hardtail Strat  © 2017 Guitar Angel
Tremolo conversion on 1976 Fender hardtail Strat  © 2017 Guitar Angel

2nd August 2013

Fender precision body makeover

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Fender precision bass 1978 body recontoured to slim 60's black nitro © 2017 Guitar Angel
Fender precision bass 1978 body recontoured to slim 60's black nitro © 2017 Guitar Angel
Fender precision bass 1978 body recontoured to slim 60's black nitro © 2017 Guitar Angel
Fender precision bass 1978 body recontoured to slim 60's black nitro © 2017 Guitar Angel

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