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The definitive Crate V1512, Palomino V16 Cleanup Mod for less than a buck

The Mod Other Mods that are not necessary! A Very Cool Mod SPICE - Frequency response details Lets turn a pig into a princess for less than a dollar minus shipping charges. Really? It can be done! You need one capacitor that will cost you about 35 cents plus shipping. It's a shame Crate [...]

Bowes 7 String Stainless Steel Refret

We don't post refret pictorials unless there is something special or unusual about the procedure or the guitar.  Recently we received a Bowes 7 string and the owner wanted a refret with 6100 stainless steel fret wire. A very good choice for this guitar. This guitar is light weight well balanced and the joinery work [...]

What size fret wire should I use?

Customers ask me quite often what size stainless steel fret wire should they use. It takes  experience and talking with you the customer to decide. Lets get this out of the way to start. The size of the fret wire has nothing to do with intonation. If the wire is properly crowned during a refret [...]

Les Paul Buzzing

A customer brought in a Les Paul and stated that it would buzz loudly in various circumstances. He tried to show me how and plugged it in. He said when it happens he could touch the strings or one of the pots in the control cavity and it would go away. I knew it was [...]

1956 Gibson J45

We recently had this guitar in the shop for a stainless steel fret job. It's a real honor to work on these old guitars, especially one in as good shape as this was. We discovered after examination that the bridge plate was shot. It is owned by a professional keyboard player who played with John [...]

Aperio Jazzmaster

The latest guitar out of blocks of wood at Aperio is a Jazzmaster style custom build.  This beauty has real mother-of-pearl block inlays on the neck.  It has an alder body with authentic 50’s era Lake Placid Blue paint by PPG. Painted head stock to match.  Maple neck with binding and 6100 stainless steel frets.  [...]

3D-Thinline

The latest project at Aperio was a unique Swamp Ash thinline style custom build. Though hollow, this one has a belly cut which is really cool. In addition this guitar uses top shelf components- Super Vee Maverick Tele Trem Bridge, Joe Barden Strat style Nashville pickups, Sperzel tuners, 6100 stainless steel frets, Ebony position markers, [...]

Clapton- Guy Preamp Installation

I'm always up for a fun project and this was one. John had a Strat body he wanted to have an Eric Clapton/Buddy Guy  preamp installed in. The first look was to put it in the control cavity but it was just too tight and would cause the circuit board and connections to be prone [...]

Fender Maple Fretboards or Any Maple Fretboard

Let's talk about maple necks and Stainless steel refret. Fenders come up most often because they are obviously the most prevalent. One of the questions many fear is that they may have to pay for a fret board refinish on a maple neck. And because refrets are expensive the average guitar player tends to shy [...]

The Unobtainium Tele

Recently a customer asked me if I thought pine sounds good as a body wood.  I do think it sounds good and many have built bodies from pine.  In fact, I think Leo built the first Broadcasters from pine.  Anyway, I built a Tele from the lowest regarded pine in the world as a test.  [...]