Oct 07 2017

Making An Acoustic Guitar Bridge From Scratch

Over the years Gibson has come up with some of the most legendary instrument designs the world has ever seen, some of which are essential to defining rock and roll itself. Innovations like the Les Paul, the Firebird, and the Explorer are among the coolest guitars ever made, while the P-90 pickup, the PAF humbucker …

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Sep 20 2017

Re-finishing a defaced SG

“Once more with synergy!” facetiously cries a cynical and formidable adversary of unbridled capitalism, Naomi Klein, in her corporate-weary manifesto scrutinizing the branded world in which we live, No Logo. This post is basically about that. One of our dear clients, Michael, recently picked up a Gibson SG on the cheap – perhaps because the seller, …

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Sep 01 2017

It’s our five year anniversary!

On September 1st, 2012, Strange Guitarworks was born. It doesn’t seem like that long ago – this has been so much fun that I’ve hardly noticed that five whole years have slipped by. To be honest, I don’t really know exactly how to remark upon this admittedly small, but perhaps significant milestone. When I consider …

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Aug 01 2017

Free bone saddles for acoustics in August!

We’re sure you know by now that fretwork is the most important aspect of getting a guitar to play properly – if the frets aren’t perfectly level the strings may buzz or choke. We pride ourselves on our quality fretwork, and we do hundreds of Fret Levels and Refrets every year. As much as people …

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May 17 2017

Gypsy Jazz Restoration

We recently took in a nameless gypsy jazz guitar in desperate need of restoration. We inspected the instrument inside and out for any identifying logos or serial numbers and came up with nothing. The label inside the guitar bears the words “Jazz Cutaway Hot”, and the rest of the ink has fell victim to the …

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Apr 17 2017

Mr. Fred’s weird banjo thing

Our friend, Mr. PH Fred, always has the oddest guitars, and the oddest requests for modifications of those guitars. Last time, he had us turn an acoustic guitar into a Stratocaster (check it out here: Elvis Meets Nixon). This time, he made what seemed like a pretty easy request, to install a Lollar Charlie Christian …

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Mar 07 2017

Elvis meets Nixon

The most requested document from the National Archives isn’t the Bill of Rights, nor even the Constitution – it’s this photo: Elvis meets Nixon. Yeah, it really happened. A bizarre moment in American history, to be sure – and one that inspired a madcap project here in our shop. Some background: one of our regular …

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Jan 28 2017

Benjamin’s Fender Hello Kitty microtonal Strat of Doom™

I have an oft-repeated mantra at the shop: “Intonation is a social construct”. Over the last several hundred years, western music has largely standardized into an equal tempered system, dividing the octave into twelve notes with a ratio equal to the 12th root of 2 (12√2 = 2 1⁄12 ≈ 1.059463)(12 tone equal temperament is also known as …

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Jan 03 2017

Now open on Fridays!

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By popular demand, we are now open on Fridays!  We’ll be here Monday through Friday, 12-6, making the world a better place, one guitar at a time. Come on down and say hello!

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Dec 23 2016

2016 year in review

No doubt many of us will be glad to put 2016 behind us. This has been a wild year for our world, our nation, our city, and even our tiny little space at Strange Guitarworks. While we know 2016 has been full of negativity and loss outside of the shop’s walls, inside we have striven to …

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