Friday, July 08, 2016

Hey guys!

We have another new model for you all! This one is called the "Rift" and it was a one hell of a rollercoaster to build. It was our first time using epoxy resin and took quite a few attempts to get it to cure properly and to achieve a nice bubble free cast. It was touch and go for a while as to whether the Rift would see the light of day but in the end we cracked it and it looks fantastic!

We were going for a "water running through a canyon" feel for the top. The mixture of Yew, Resin and a Cocobolo middle strip work very well to achieve that. With the fact we were going to have transparent sections on the top, we needed to make the base woods an interesting mix as well. We decided upon an 13 piece laminate consisting of a combination of Flamed Black Walnut, Flamed Maple & Cocobolo.

The neck had to reflect the diversity of the body so we decided on an 11 piece laminate of Honduras Mahogany, Wenge, Purpleheart & Flamed Maple. Topping the neck off with a 5 piece fretboard of Flamed Maple and Wenge, it really brings the whole build together!

As for hardware & pickups, we wanted to keep it as simple and focused as possible so we gave it a Hipshot® .125 Bridge and Gotoh® locking tuners. Loaded with a massive 21.5k Bare Knuckle Pickups® Warpig, this thing can unleash merry hell if driven hard!

Full specs at the bottom of the post!


           














Body
13 Piece of Flamed Black Walnut, Flamed Maple & Cocobolo 
Yew, Epoxy Resin & Cocobolo Top

Neck
Bolt on joint
11 Piece of Honduras Mahogany, Wenge, Purpleheart & Flamed Maple

Fretboard
5 Piece of Flamed Maple & Wenge
Black Mother of Pearl Inlay
25.5" Scale Length
24 Stainless Steel Frets (Medium / Jumbo)

Hardware
 Black Nickel Gotoh® SG381-MGT Tuners
Black Hipshot® 0.125 Bridge
Black Nickel Knob
Graphtech® Black TUSQ® Nut
Schaller® Straplocks
2 way Truss Rod

Electrics
Bare Knuckle Pickups® Warpig with Battleworn Black Cover
2 Way Coil Tap Toggle Switch
550k Bare Knuckle Pickups® Volume Pot
Switchcraft® Output Jack

Finish 
Satin cellulose (Body)
Satin cellulose (Neck & Fretboard)


Hope you all liked this new model! It was a good learning curve for us and reckon we'll be re-visiting the fun world of epoxy resin soon!

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All the best,
Mike & Martin


Tuesday, May 10, 2016


Hi Everyone!

It's new model time again and although this one was quite a long time in the making we think it's been worth the effort! Using a few new building techniques, this is our strongest build so far and we're really proud of how it turned out.

To compliment the beautiful Buckeye Burl top we loaded the Nova with a calibrated set of Aftermaths from Bare Knuckle Pickups® with tiger stripe covers and black nickel Gotoh® hardware all round.

This was also our first "stock" build to have a 3x3 style headstock but we're very pleased with the results. But that's just what we think, check out the pics and specs below and let us know what you reckon!





















Body
7 Piece, 3 Layer of Korina, Wenge, Flamed Maple & Buckeye Burl Top

Neck
Bolt on joint
5 Piece, 2 Layer of Indian Rosewood, Wenge & Maple

Fretboard
5 Piece of Cocobolo & Maple
Mother of Pearl Inlay
24.75" Scale Length
22 Stainless Steel Frets (Medium / Jumbo)

Hardware
 Black Nickel Gotoh® SGL510Z-MGT Tuners
Black Nickel Gotoh® Wraparound Bridge
Black Nickel Knobs
Graphtech® Black TUSQ® Nut
Schaller® Straplocks
2 way Truss Rod

Electrics
Bare Knuckle Pickups® Aftermaths (Calibrated Set)
3 Way Toggle Switch
500k CTS Volume Pot
500k CTS Tone Pot
Switchcraft® Output Jack

Finish 
Satin cellulose (Body)
Satin cellulose (Neck & Fretboard)


Hope all you guys liked this new one! Feel free to leave and comments or questions and be sure to check out our Facebook & Twitter ,if you haven't already done so, for all our latest news!

All the best,
Mike & Martin

swguitars@hotmail.co.uk

Wednesday, March 02, 2016


Hey everone!

Those of you that follow our Facebook or that dropped by our stall will know we've just come back from our first ever trade show! We attended The Guitar Show hosted at the New Bingley Hall in Birmingham, UK

Being our first show, we had no idea what to expect but by the end of the weekend can honestly say it was one of the best experiences we've had, both as a business and as people!



Friday 26th

We'd visited the show a couple of years previously and it was interesting to see how everything pans out "backstage" and how these things are held together. It really is a collaborative effort from both the fantastic management and fellow exhibitors.

Arriving a day before official opening we found our little plot amongst the other couple of hundred people, ferrying pallets stacked high with guitars, amps, effects and all manner of musical paraphernalia. It was truly a sight to behold and hats off to all the teams who were erecting mini guitar villages in the same time it took us to outfit our table!

Being show virgins we had no idea how big the tables we were given were going to be. Turned out to be a fair amount bigger than we had anticipated and took up 75% of the space in our stand! But after some moving about and testing we found a happy medium and started setting up!


It took a while to get everything sorted in a way that seemed logical but we got there in the end! Unfortunately we found we'd brought one too few guitar stands so planned to buy one first thing the following day!


With the provisional set up done we decided to pack the guitars away and head back to our hotel for the night. Roll on Saturday!


Saturday 27th

We arrived back at the stand at 9:00am and started setting up the guitars again, remembering we were down a guitar stand we quickly jogged over to the PMT stand and we procured a spare! Finally all set to greet the public!


The doors opened at 10:00am and people started filing in. Nerves were running pretty high at this point but after only about 20 minutes, and a few people stopping by, we entered into the flow a bit more.


We received so many awesome comments about our guitars it was pretty overwhelming! Big thanks to everyone who stopped by and gave their kind words and tried out the guitars! 


We had been warned that being around a few thousand people all playing different songs at the same time can get a little tiring but we didn't really understand that until late in the day Saturday! 

Every so often there was a designated "quiet time", (ironically indicated by air horns blowing), where the acoustic guitar groups could hear themselves play and it got to the point, on Sunday, where we and other exhibitors alike were cheering and applauding for these moments. Suffice to say earplugs were essential!

That's not to say it wasn't very cool to hear some really talented players throughout the day shredding the lives out of the guitars!  



Things started winding down towards 4:00pm and we started to mingle a little with the other exhibitors. It was a real pleasure to meet other builders and we found them all to be very warm, friendly and supportive! 

As 5:00pm chimed it was time to start packing down again and head back to the hotel for a well deserved beer! What an excellent day! 


Sunday 28th

Rolling up to our stand at 9:00am again to set up. we were feeling a lot more confident and ready to face the day after having such a wonderful experience and great feedback on the previous day!



Thankfully Sunday didn't disappoint and as the doors opened we had another steady stream of welcome visitors, all leaving great comments and playing our guitars!


Our only regret was that we hadn't gotten around to making a left handed version of any of our builds but be sure that next year we'll have some along with us!


The weekend also saw the debut performance of our new member of staff, "Sid Stonewolf" who gallantly watched over our business cards and flyers while we were talking to visitors!



As the day went on we felt the atmosphere relax a bit more as everyone really got into their stride. We had some more friendly chats with other exhibitors and generally let our hair down a bit.

At 5:00pm, the end of the show was called and we all started packing up and saying our goodbyes. Although it had been a tiring weekend for all, we were all on a high and had thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of it!

Once again, thank you to everyone who stopped by and all other exhibitors, it was a great pleasure to meet you all and we look forward to seeing you next year!



Thanks again and if you want to leave any comments or questions feel free to do so! Otherwise you can email us or drop us a message on Facebook & Twitter

All the best!
Mike & Martin

swguitars@hotmail.co.uk

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Hey Everyone!

This one has been a long time coming but we've finally given our Sentinel model a face-lift! The result is the Sentinel V2 and must say we're pretty proud of this one.

It's a beautifully sounding and playing guitar with the perfect storm of compnents to bring it all together. The low action and a super thin profile neck help make shredding effortless while the Hipshot® hardware all round help give great quality sustain and performance. For the pickups we used a mix of high output Axesrus® pups to give a nice variety of tones while still having the power to melt any unsuspecting audience member's face off!

As for the Sentinel V2's looks, well we went with a 3 piece body of Wenge, Maple and Spalted Beech to give it some interesting contrasts. Mirroring those contrasts in the body we built a "Zen" Fretboard using mixture of Maple and Ebony, that not only looks unique but sounds unique. The Rest of the neck is made from a 9 piece laminate of Wenge and Bubinga with Maple accents. Anyway, enough boasting, here come the pictures! Full spec at the bottom of the post.














Body
3 Piece Wenge & Maple With Spalted Beech Top

Neck
Bolt on joint
9 Piece Wenge, Bubinga & Maple

Fretboard
"Zen" Maple & Ebony
Black Mother of Pearl 3,5,7,9th Inaly
Marble 12th Inlay
White Mother of Pearl 15,17,19,21,24th Inlay
25.5" Scale Length
24 Stainless Steel Frets (Medium / Jumbo)

Hardware
 Black Hipshot® Open Gear "Grip-lock" Tuners
Black Hipshot® 0.125 Fixed Bridge
String Through Body
Black Knobs
Graphtech® Black TUSQ® Nut
Black Straplocks
2 way Truss Rod

Electrics
Axesrus® Wraith (Bridge)
Axesrus® TT73 (Middle)
Axesrus® TT73-LD (Neck)
5 Way Lever Switch
550k Bare Knuckle® Volume Pot
500k CTS Tone Pot
Neutrik® Output Jack

Finish 
Satin cellulose (Body)
Satin cellulose (Neck & Fretboard)

Hope you all liked this build as much as we do! Please be sure to check out our Facebook page to hear all our latest news!

Feel free to leave any comments here or drop us an email! 
All the best,
Mike & Martin 

swguitars@hotmail.com