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Esquire Style Guitar – ‘Dirty Northern Town’

Named after a comment I overheard whilst climbing off the train at Manchester Piccadilly station, as a group of guys climbed on, eager to get back home south.

A tele take on the Les Paul Junior. Whilst waiting for a batch of parts to arrive so I could wind the single P90 needed, the guitar was wired up with an old Gibson P90 I had lying around. Eager to hear a P90 in the bridge position the old Gibson pickup was only ever meant to be temporary measure, especially as this was a neck pickup, the pole spacing too narrow for the wider telecaster bridge.

The Creamery – April 2010

Just got the promo cards back from the printers. It’s all coming together. Recoded most of the soundfiles for both guitars & pickups. Just got to finish off the final versions of the Fuzz and tremolo pedals, record the tones and get them on the site. Completion of the online store is the priority then its time to roll up my sleeves and get back to work – those pickups don’t wind themselves.

Blackguard Three ‘The Plank’ – Tech. Specs.

Taking inspiration from the phrase, “The Telecaster: The Plank That Made Good” please be upstanding for Guitar 007 – Blackguard Three. The dry pine was such good wood, with such great tonal characteristics I couldn’t let any go to waste – hence ‘The Plank’ , or the nickname that seems to have stuck, ‘The Mutt’. The obvious choice of guitar to build with these offcuts was a Telecaster style. It just seemed the right thing to do. So here it is in all its ragged glory – Blackguard Three: A telecaster style guitar with handwound pickups and the bite & twang you’d expect.

Handcrafted Fenruary 2010.

The Creamery – Custom Guitar Photo Gallery

Just a quick post to highlight the gallery showcasing some of the handmade guitars. While I’m getting the new site ready to go live you can head to Flickr to see more pics.

The Blackguard Series No.3 – The Plank

Taking inspiration from the phrase, “The Telecaster: The Plank That Made Good” please be upstanding ‘Blackguard Three’. The dry pine was such good wood, with such great tonal characteristics I couldn’t let any go to waste – hence ‘The Plank’ , or the nickname that seems to have stuck, ‘The Mutt’. The obvious choice of guitar to build with these offcuts was a Telecaster style. It just seemed the right thing to do. So here it is in all its ragged glory – Blackguard Three: A telecaster style guitar with handwound pickups and the bite & twang you’d expect.

Blackguard One Jazzmaster Style Guitar – Tech Specs.

The first in a series of 6 guitars carved from a 30yr old pine. Introducing No.1 – Based on the famous Jazzmaster shape. 2 Custom, scatterwound humbuckers with chrome plated nickel H-covers. Gotoh bridge & stoptail. 1 tone, 1 volume, 3 way switching. CTS pots & vintage capacitor. Body treated with nothing more then Danish oil.

The Blackguard Series – 6 Guitars from 30yr old pine

The first in a series of 6 guitars carved from a 30yr old pine. Introducing No.1 – Based on the famous Jazzmaster shape. 2 Custom, scatterwound humbuckers with chrome plated nickel H-covers. Gotoh bridge & stoptail. 1 tone, 1 volume, 3 way switching. CTS pots & vintage capacitor. Body treated with nothing more then Danish oil.

Butcher’s Block Telecaster – Specs

There was just something about it. When tapped it had that ‘ring’, that sound that was far more than the usual dull thud you get with many woods. Maybe its the many blocks of birch laminated together under pressure. Maybe its the 40mm thickness. Maybe, maybe, maybe. One thing’s for sure – it sounds good.

NEW Pickup – Tele Alnico 2 Vintage Neck

The traditional tele neck sound – A clear bright tone with smooth mid frequencies and warm, rounded lows. The soft attack of the Alnico 2 poles is ideal for a clean tele sound. Nickel plated silver cover, vintage style cloth covered lead wire and wax potted – can be matched with a vintage tele bridge for a 50s tele sound and great for reverb.

More details and soundfiles when the site goes live.