Recent Work

On this recent work page you will find news items posts about custom guitar builds that are under way, and repair, modification or servicing work that I have undertaken recently. You can also stay in touch with what is happening at Flame Guitars by signing up to my quarterly Newsletter.


The Repair Shop-Restoration of a Portuguese Guitar


It was a pleasure to be asked, for the second time, to take part in the BBC programme, The Repair Shop. The filming for this episode took place in the autumn of 2018. And for this episode I was asked to restore a 120 year old Portuguese guitar. It was the first time I had […]


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Removing the neck of an acoustic guitar


This early 70’s Guild F40 came into the workshop needing major works. The neck had previously been removed, but not done very well. Removing the neck of an acoustic guitar is not a straightforward job, as the earlier attempt at this shows. Once the neck was removed I reset the neck angle, fitted a Bridge […]


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From Fire to Flame-The Story of Flame Guitars


A few months ago a friend of mine, Nishi Sharma, film maker and event photographer, asked if he could make a short film about my journey from fire-fighter to guitar maker. Nishi loves to tell stories through film making and I am really pleased with how Nishi has told my story. I am also grateful […]


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Shielding a Stratocaster


Having recently created a post about shielding a Telecaster I though I would do one about shielding a Stratocaster. In this post I will explain what can be done to greatly reduce or even eliminate that annoying hum that we associate with single coil guitars, particularly Stratocasters. Why do electric guitars hum or buzz and […]


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The Repair Shop


How I got involved Last summer I was contacted by the production company for the BBC The Repair Shop programme. They were seeking advice about the restoration of a 1966 Fender Jazz bass. I initially thought they might pass that information onto their own in-house restorers. But much to my surprise I was contacted a […]


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Shielding a Telecaster


Shielding a Telecaster is a relatively straightforward procedure. But why do we need to do it and what are the benefits of doing so? You could also ask why it is that Fender don’t routinely shield all Telecasters and Stratocasters? If we look at this Telecaster we can see that there is no shielding in […]


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Removing a damaged Fender truss rod nut


How do Fender truss rod nuts become damaged? Removing a damaged Fender truss rod nut is not the easiest of tasks. But this job turned out to be a lot harder than I expected. A customer came to me with a USA made Telecaster that appeared to have a rounded over or stripped truss rod […]


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Building a solid body electric saz


The project Every now and then a project comes along that is quite different and presents me with a fresh set of challenges. So I was interested when in mid-2017 I was approach by Sal Ormandji, a saz player, about building a solid body electric saz. To be honest, I didn’t know what a saz […]


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Fitting a pickup on a gypsy jazz guitar


I was recently asked to fit a pickup on a gypsy guitar. I haven’t done this before and it is quite a different process compared with fitting a pickup in an acoustic guitar. The whole of the bridge has to be replaced as the pickup is contained within the bridge unit. The bridge fitted to […]


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Reducing the string height on a 70’s Guild D35 acoustic


Love the guitar but string height too high? This is a pretty common problem with acoustic guitars, particularly older ones. This Guild acoustic is actually my own guitar and I have had it since new. It is a great guitar and I have always loved the rich middle and bottom presence that it has. But […]


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