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Cowgirl Rides a Tele

Did you ever wonder what scientists do in their off time?  Here is what Rick does.  He built this beautiful Tele using an Aperio Ponderosa Pine body. This was about 2 years ago and sadly because I was busy I forgot to post the pictures of his excellent work.  He did a beautiful job and [...]

Schecter Gets a Single Coil

I recently had the opportunity to install a middle single coil in a brand new Schecter Damian Elite.  In addition we added a Free way mega switch to give it some real nice switching arrangements. First thing I did was cut a single coil template on our CNC so we could then cut the cavity [...]

Our Neck Shims are International!

To our surprise we're seeing a lot of use out there for our neck shims!  Along with many states across the US, our neck shims have gone to Norway, Italy, UK, Brazil, Spain, Australia, France, Japan, Singapore, Croatia, Belgium, Puerto Rico, New Zealand, Finland, Sweden, and Canada and others. We have the best shipping prices [...]

Tube Amp Tone Control Stacks and Settings

With all the modeling going on these days I thought it might be of value to show the transfer curves of the tone stacks in Fender, Marshall and Vox AC30TB tube amps.  I hear complaints that it takes too long to get a sound without twiddling for hours with the modeler.  I think one reason [...]

Kinman P90 Hx Installation

We have had a number of these projects come in recently, enough to call for making a permanent jig to rout with. These pups sound great. They are on the high side dollar wise but you get what you pay for these days. Noiseless and with the bite of real P90's - they sound great.  [...]

Spotify Royalties or Lack Of

I just came across an article on Slate about Spotify and how much is paid per song in royalties. If Spotify does well in paid subscribers then bands and musicians can do well based on their projections. In the mean time better keep those gigs happening! Keep those refrets coming too! We all need each [...]

Fender – Ovation Closes its Only USA Factory

This was gleaned from an article published in April. I forgot where I found it, somewhere on the industry news. ***** Owned by Fender corporation, Ovation has closed its only US factory and is moving to cheaper production facilities in Asia. Sadly, 46 employees will lose their jobs after the company decided to close the [...]

Re-fretting and the Tree of Life

I had a customer inquire the other day about a refret concerning Ibanez Jem guitars with a tree of life inlay. They are fine guitars, some of the best made but from an everyday guitarist point of view they pose some difficulties. If they need to be re-fretted the tree of life can get chipped.  [...]

Jackson USA Soloist Restore

I recently received a Jackson Soloist USA vintage 86 that had been carved up pretty badly. The pickup cavities had been hand routed for Humbuckers. The original guitar had three single coils. The owner wanted it restored to it's original configuration. This was an opportunity to use the CNC and do a little carving. I [...]

Change the Radius or Buy a New Neck?

Another interesting customer question concerning a stainless steel refret and changing the radius of a Fender neck. This customer said she did not like the 7.5 radius on her Fender Vintage neck and wanted to know what I would charge to refret with Stainless Steel and change the radius to 9.5".  I told her that [...]