Submitted by Danny on Mon, 10/15/2012 - 17:55
Here's a beautiful example of a cedar top guitar by the late Steve Patience. Although this guitar was built with excellent craftmanship, there was a problem with the saddle slot....
Submitted by Danny on Wed, 09/12/2012 - 17:20
This Harmony was in a pretty sorry state when it was brought in to the shop. It needed the bridge re-glued and the neck reset as it was essentially folding itself in half. This is pretty common amongst older ladder braced guitars. The guitar had great sentimental value to the owner and he wanted it restored to its former glory.
Submitted by Danny on Tue, 07/10/2012 - 15:39
Here's a great sounding vintage Guild D-50 that came through the shop needing to be refretted. The tool we're using was designed and made here. It adds support underneath the fingerboard extention making it safe to hammer frets over the body.
Submitted by Danny on Tue, 07/10/2012 - 15:05
Here's a nice Gibson Firebird in garnet and gold getting a new Iboney nut and final setup at my assistant's bench. Matt is from Newcastle, England and is a graduate of the Roberto Venn School of Luthiery.
Submitted by Danny on Wed, 06/27/2012 - 14:21
It's hard to believe that this neck is worth over 5 figures, but expensive gear like this is the reason we're a licenced and heavily insured shop. It's always a treat to work on these old Fenders like this real-deal 1960 neck with original tuners, nut, and frets.
Submitted by Danny on Thu, 06/21/2012 - 15:15
This beautiful old Gibson was a little worse for wear when it entered the shop. The bridge was lifting from the top and the pitting in the first four frets rendered it unplayable in root position, in addition to the tuners being deteriorated. Bringing back old instruments with a complete overhaul are the type of jobs we love here at Straight Frets though!
Submitted by Danny on Thu, 06/21/2012 - 13:25
Seeing as the request to turn this Tele into a fretless guitar was so unusal, we thought it was worth a feature on our blog. The guitar itself is a Chinese made Classic Vibe series Squire Tele, actually very well made guitars for the price range.
Submitted by Danny on Fri, 04/06/2012 - 14:27
A customer recently brought in an old Epiphone from 1947. A beautiful guitar, which he picked up for a good price, but it needed a lot of work to bring it back to life.
Submitted by Danny on Mon, 03/19/2012 - 13:18
This Miguel Rodriguez "Church Door" concert classical guitar is a very special one. It is owned by local classical guitarist Susan McDonald. I am honored to be only the second person to work on this instrument, the first being Yuris Zeltins of The Blue Guitar in San Diego when Pepe Romero owned this instrument.
Submitted by Danny on Wed, 03/14/2012 - 17:23
1979 Les Paul Custom "Lifeson" repair modification