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

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!

Remember to like and follow us on our Facebook and Twitter for all the latest SWG news!
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