Not Just Guitars!

Despite the name of the business, I don’t just work on guitars. Over the years I’ve repaired, set up or fitted pickups to ukeleles, mandolins, banjos etc. Today I have an Irish Bouzouki that the owner wants a pickup fitted into. So, I’m fitting a K&K mini. The difficulty with this instrument is that it…

12 String Bridge Repair

When 12 string guitars are left tuned up to standard tuning the neck starts to dry out and increases tension on the bridge, pulling the top face of the guitar up. This one had the face pulled and the bridge was starting to come away. Using high tech kit – an old iron, a wet…

Martin D35 Refurb

This Martin D35 came into the Johnston Guitars and Pickups workshop in a sorry state. The guitar had dried out, a common ailment in centrally heated homes of today, so the neck was out of shape. This in turn pulled the bridge up resulting in the top face of the guitar bellying up. The frets…

Les Paul Style Guitar Neck Repair

  So, here’s the guitar with the broken neck repaired and refinished. To summarise the repair, the break had been repaired before by another repair shop so I had to make sure all old glue residue was removed. The neck was then glued, reassembled and clamped up for a couple of days. Then I routered…

Les Paul Broken Neck Repair

 The next stage after glueing up the neck surfaces, they were clamped up for 24 hours while the glue cured. Then I routered a channel through the break, on each side of the truss rod. You can seen the 2 pieces of mahogany behind the neck that I used to make splints to fit into…

Les Paul Neck Repair

Neck breaks in Les Paul type guitars aren’t uncommon and I’ve had several such broken necks in for repair over the past year. This particular one isn’t the usual Gibson Les Paul neck break that occurs at the headstock or an import guitar with a 2 piece neck that breaks at the joint. This break…

Belated New Year Greetings

I’m a bit late in sending greetings this year because I had a login problem with my website platform. So, hopefully many of you who are reading this will have got a shiny new guitar for Christmas and are looking forward to years of enjoyment from it. As with anything, the better you look after…