Squier Acoustic Guitar Set-up

A Squier Acoustic Guitar Set-up – a straight forward job on the bench today . Although the guitar was set ok and within the normal settings for an acoustic guitar, the customer wanted the action lowered. The nut checked out ok – plastic but I don’t get hung up on what a nut is made…

Gr Style Hollow-Body Guitar Build

About 40 years ago I sold my prized Hofner President guitar and have regretted it ever since. I have a 335 semi hollow-body but wanted a full hollow-body guitar again but i was reluctant to invest the cost of a Gretsch. So I decided to make my own guitar. Hence my Gr style hollow-body guitar.…

Avalon Guitar Repair

                  This Avalon guitar repair job resulted from a couple of circumstances that combined to leave the customer with this badly scarred guitar top. What happened was that the owner’s son put a slight score on the face above and to the bridge end of the soundhole.…

What’s New

During the recent lockdown, we stopped working for a few weeks but have now re-commenced operating, but not quite as before. Unfortunately, we’ve lost some of the personal touch where we can try out your guitar before and after repair/upgrade/set-up etc and discuss any works required before your guitar goes into the workshop. However, you…

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…