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If you are looking for a shiny, new, off the shelf guitar, then you are in the wrong place – all my guitars are relics, from lightly aged to abused to perfection. I have recently relocated to the U.S.A. having been based in the U.K. for several years. I had my own workshop producing relic guitars, making custom guitars for various clients including Motorhead (and a Les Paul style for Dave Grohl), as well as servicing, setting up and restoring guitars – you can check out my work on restoring Lemmys number 1 & 3 Bass here as well as check out my old U.K. website here.

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Guitar Relicing

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History of Reliced Guitars

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Restoration on Lemmys Bass

Relic guitars just look and feel like an instrument you want to play – and also let friends play without the anxiety of getting it back with a scratch or dent. We all love guitars, not just for the sound they produce but the history behind them. Unfortunately owning vintage instrument is a very expensive hobby and would you really gig with a $20,000+ vintage Strat, Les Paul, or Tele? I got my first relic guitar when my first child was born (didn’t want my cherished Les Paul getting scratched) and have never looked back. I build and relic guitars out of my love for the look, history, and feel of vintage instruments. I also am a collector of vintage and “interesting” guitars (mainly Strats). My collection has pre-CBS era Strats, 1960’s & 1970’s era Strats & Teles as well and many other interesting and collectable guitars. I utilize the vintage guitars as a reference point for relicing – it is essential to have the real thing rather than just relying on images from the internet to produce convincing relics.
I currently produce new build relic guitars from either premium quality bodys, necks, and hardware, to refinished original Fender, Gibson, or other major manufacturer guitars.
Please have a look around this website for more information on the guitars and relicing that I do. I am very proud of each and every guitar I build or relic – it is never about the money (don’t tell my Wife) – it is about the art & science of creating a unique world class instrument which is just begging to be played, that sounds fantastic, and looks like a guitar from “back-in-the-day”.