Tuesday, October 18, 2016



Hey Everyone!

New model time again and this one is something completely different! Firstly this is our first "stock" 7 string model. We've been planning to make a 7 for quite a while but hadn't decided how we wanted to go about it. After much planning and sketching out designs, we're happy to unveil the new "Catalyst" model to you all.

The second thing that makes this stand out is that we went with a Resin / Wood hybrid design. This was a complete experiment and we had no idea how it would turn out. We ended up using about 18 litres of resin in the process and it took around 3 weeks to cast. The wood we've used is "Black Poisonwood". This stuff is incredibly rare and we wanted to do something special to do justice to it, and hopefully you'll agree that we did just that! We think the resin really helps to frame the wood and provides a great contrast between the natural and the synthetic.

To complement the natural copper colour of the wood, we went with a Schaller® Hannes bridge and Schaller® Grandtune® Tuners, both in Vintage Copper finish. The pickups are a pair of Bare Knuckle® Painkillers with a radiator cover in Battleworn Camo.

We're very proud of the Catalyst and although the build process was a lot more labour intensive and had a great many "unknowns" throughout, we think it was worth every second! We're looking forward to perfecting this resin hybrid method as it opens the door to many more exciting and unique builds.

Anyway, on to the pictures and full specs at the bottom of the post!





























Body
1 Piece - Black Poisonwood & Resin Hyrid

Neck
Bolt on joint
11 Piece - Wenge, Flamed Maple & Bubinga
Indian Laurel Headstock Faceplate

Fretboard
7 Piece - Ebony, Flamed Maple & Spalted Elm
Flamed Maple "Sideline" Inlay
660mm Scale Length
24 Stainless Steel Frets (Jumbo)

Hardware
Schaller® Vintage Copper Grandtune® Tuners
Schaller® Vintage Copper Hannes 7 Bridge
Black Poisonwood & Resin Hybrid Knobs
Graphtech® Black TUSQ® Nut
Schaller® Straplocks
2 way Truss Rod

Electrics
Bare Knuckle Pickups® Painkillers with Battleworn Camo Covers
550k Bare Knuckle Pickups® Volume Pot
500k CTS SPST Tone Pot (Coil Split for Bridge)
Switchcraft® Output Jack

Finish 
Danish Oil (Body)
Satin cellulose (Neck)


We hope you liked this new build and be sure to check us out on Facebook & Twitter for more!

All the best,
Mike & Martin 

Thursday, October 06, 2016


Hey everyone!

If you are follower of our Facebook page, you will have seen that we are making guitars for the great band, Out of Context! We're happy to say that the first guitar, for Stephen Mussett is now complete! The design brief for this one was a single pickups, more aggressive version of our Inferno V2 build. Stephen also requested a custom inlay of 3 "scratch" marks in the fretboard. We reckon this comes together really well and is a great looking beast!

Full specs at the bottom of the post!













Body
3 Piece Sapele

Neck
Bolt on joint
2 Piece of Maple

Fretboard
Ebony
Custom "Scratch" 12th Fret Inlay
25.5" Scale Length
24 Stainless Steel Frets (Medium / Jumbo)

Hardware
 Black Nickel Axesrus® Locking Tuners
Black Nickel Gotoh® Tune-o-Matic Bridge
Black Nickel Knobs
Graphtech® Black TUSQ® Nut
Schaller® Straplocks
2 way Truss Rod

Electrics
Axesrus® Wraith Pickup
550k Bare Knuckle Pickups® Volume & Tone Pots
Barrel Style Output Jack

Finish 
Satin cellulose (Body)
Satin cellulose (Neck)


Hope you guys liked this build! We're really looking forward to seeing it in action and going to getting started on the next build for the band!

Be sure to check us out on FacebookTwitter and Instagram
All the best,
Mike & Martin

Sunday, September 04, 2016


Hi Everyone!

This build guitar has a bit of a backstory so hope you're comfy ;)

It started back in February when we were exhibiting at The Guitar Show. We had the great pleasure of meeting Justin Pryce from the band Hærken and after a long chat and he graciously decided to commission us to build his next guitar! The only catch was we couldn't announce it or publish any pictures online as he wanted it to be a complete surprise for the rest of the band!

The build slowly evolved over the 6 months it took to construct but, at heart, the plan remained the same. To build a single pickup, 7 string Explorer themed guitar with an Evertune® bridge. Having never really dealt with Evertune® products before it was quite a learning curve to install but we really can see the benefits. The tuning is rock solid no matter how hard you play or what kind of string gauge you use. Once it's set up it is incredibly reliable and easy to use!

Aside from that, Justin wanted the build was to be themed around Ash wood and take on a sort of medieval look. The band's logo is an Ash tree and having an "æ" in their name as well, it made sense to keep the guitar in keeping with that. We made the body from Ash with a Wenge middle section and used Spalted Ash for the top. The Wenge really helps to frame the top and provides a nice contrast to the lighter shade of the Ash.

The neck is a 5 piece construct of Maple and Sapele with a headstock faceplate of Wenge and Spalted Ash, to match the body. The guitar is 660mm scale that goes fretless after the 15th.

Justin was a fantastic guy to work with and was involved with every facet of the build, often coming down to the workshop to check up on the progress and add his own flair to the build.  It was a pleasure to be able to bring his vision to life and we hope he and the band enjoy it for many years to come!


Full specs after the pics!


















Body
3 Piece Ash
Wenge Middle Section
Spalted Ash Top

Neck
Bolt on joint
5 Piece of Maple & Sapele

Fretboard
5 Piece of Indian Rosewood, Maple & Wenge
Custom "Æ" 12th Fret Inlay of Ash
660mm Scale Length
15 Stainless Steel Frets (Medium / Jumbo)

Hardware
 Black Custom Made Tuners
Black "F Style" Evertune® Bridge
Wenge Knob
Graphtech® Black TUSQ® Nut
Schaller® Straplocks
2 way Truss Rod

Electrics
Bare Knuckle Pickups® Painkiller with Custom Worn Black Cover
550k Bare Knuckle Pickups® Volume Pot
Switchcraft® Output Jack

Finish 
Satin cellulose (Body)
Satin cellulose (Neck)


We're so happy to be able to finally announce this beast and show you all the secret work we've been doing over the last few months! Be sure to catch Hærken if they invade your town as they are an absolutely amazing medieval metal experience!

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them here, drop us an email or leave a message on our Facebook page!

All the best,
Mike & Martin