News Release PAF Clone Humbucker Pickups  I’ve tried a lot of different brands and models of pickups in my guitars… Both my personal instruments and the ones I build… I dig these: All SKATTERBRANE models are based on vintage specs. I use plain enamel 42awg coil wire, German silver backing plates and covers, steel slugs Read More →

Nitrocellulose Guitar Lacquer Review

For the last several guitar kits and refinish jobs I’ve done I put away my spray rig and used “rattle cans”… I did this just for you. The Best Spray Can Nitro Lacquer    Nitro refers to Quick-drying solvent-based lacquers that contain nitrocellulose, a resin obtained from the nitration of cotton and other cellulostic materials, they Read More →

Vintage Guitar Building plans are as ubiquitous on the Internet as they are inaccurate.  Guitar PDF Blue Prints  I went on a hunt a while back for accurate ’59 Les Paul Blue Prints and what a nightmare that was… At any rate I eventually purchased a set and I had the opportunity to compare them to a real deal Read More →

drawer assembly

  Every try to build a guitar on a shaky desk? Harbor Freight 60″ Wood Work Bench Review It’s remarkable I get away with building and repairing guitars in my lousy little apartment at all, but even more remarkable that I did it so long on a POS computer desk… So… There was this Harbor Freight Read More →

Les Paul 1959 top carve

  Some tools are just so cool I can’t imagine living without one… Except that these things cost a small fortune… Then I went to Harbor Freight today, and guess what. Must Have Luthier’s Tool: Laser Level If you’ve ever tried to set the neck on a guitar at the correct level and straight you will Read More →

Guitar wall hanger review Swivels to conform to the headstock

I finally got tired of all my guitars sitting in the corners, in cases stuffed under the bed and in the back of the closets so… Hercules Wall Mount Guitar Hanger Review    What they have to say: The GSP39WB features an screw-in standard wallmounting system and the innovative Hercules Auto Grab System (AGS) yoke: the arms Read More →

Dunlop 65 Guitar Cleaner / Polish

Best Guitar Care Products I get asked about this all the time… What’s the best guitar polish? Who makes the best fret board oil?  Well, after 30 some odd years of building, setting up and playing guitars, I’m going to let some little secrets out…  Guitar Cleaners and Polish Reviews  Good: Dunlop 65 Guitar Polish Dunlop 65 Read More →