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.


Re-shaping a guitar neck & refretting with Evo Gold fretwire


A customer recently asked me to reshape the neck of one of his guitars. The guitar was a Stratocaster type guitar, a well put together guitar, made up using various components. But compared with another Strat that he owns he found the neck to be a little too thick and chunky. We looked at the […]


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Acoustic guitar setup on a Martin guitar


This Martin guitar came into the workshop in need of a setup. This is a nicely made guitar and is sounds great, but the string height at the nut and saddle is unnecessarily high. This makes the guitar quite hard to play. Measured at the 12th fret the string height on the bass side was […]


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Refretting a lacquered maple Stratocaster neck


This Stratocaster came into the workshop for a refret. Refretting a lacquered maple Stratocaster neck present a number of challenges for a luthier. These challenges are much less of an issue when refretting a guitar that has a rosewood or ebony fretboard. They are:   How to extract the old frets without damaging the lacquered […]


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Repairing a broken Epiphone guitar neck


Once-piece guitar necks, such as those used by Gibson and Epiphone are more susceptible to neck breaks. For the owner of the guitar this is understandably a very distressing occurrence. Usually they don’t snap off completely. But this Epiphone did. This neck can not simply be glued back together. Such an end-grain repair would not […]


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Levelling & re-profiling worn frets on a PRS McCarty


This PRS came into the workshop with quite a lot of fret wear. In places the grooves in the frets, particularly under the G and B strings were quite deep. But would a full re-fret be needed or would it be sufficient to level, re-profile and dress the frets? Fortunately I was able to reassure […]


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