Friday, April 26, 2019

DIY Workshop

DIY Workshop: Goldtop Conversion Part Four

Our Greco conversion project continues with work to be done on the neck and body. Huw Price discovers that luthiery sometimes sucks…

DIY Workshop: Martin Guitar Kit Build Part One

For those who are unafraid to go down the DIY route, Martin Guitar Kits provide an affordable way to own a little slice of Nazareth. But how straightforward is it to build your own acoustic?

DIY Workshop: Goldtop Conversion Part Three

After a few months on the back burner, Huw Price cracks on with his Greco conversion project, and with a little help from his friends, he takes some big steps towards his dream mid-50s Goldtop replica…

DIY Workshop: Marshall 1930 Popular

A rare Marshall combo from the amp giant’s early days is lucky find indeed – but it’s not much good if it doesn’t work.

DIY Workshop: Goldtop Conversion Part Two

When you’re converting an old Greco guitar into a retro LP-style Goldtop, what better reference point to have than the real thing? We sit down with an original ’54 and get our ruler out…

DIY Workshop: Jazzmaster Bridge & Wiring Upgrades

Most Jazzmaster lovers will concede that the classic stock bridge is something of a bête noire when used with modern strings. We tackle the installation of a Mastery unit and show you how to wire up your controls to keep hum to a minimum.

DIY Workshop: Goldtop Conversion Part One

Do you wish your guitar had that classic Goldtop look? Huw Price shows you how to turn your tired old single-cut into a ’54-style golden wonder with soapbar P-90s and a wrapover bridge…

DIY ‘Hankcaster’ Conversion

Hank Marvin’s Fiesta Red Stratocaster is still the ultimate electric guitar for so many of us. If you can’t track down – or afford – a signature model, let Haynes Guitar Manual author Paul Balmer show you how you can turn any old red Squier Strat into an affordable ‘Hankenstein’ of your very own…

DIY Workshop: Gretsch Conversion Part Six

As he reaches the end of his epic Gretsch conversion project, Huw Price tackles body binding, re-sets the neck, routs pickup holes, stains and sprays before moving on to the final assembly…

DIY Workshop: Rift Amp Modifications Part Two

In the second instalment of our Rift project, we get deeply tweedy with cathode-bias switching, negative feedback modifications and more.
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