Guitar Restoration Cheltenham

When you think about old guitars, there must be so many out there hiding under beds, in attics, wardrobes, garages, garden sheds etc, some possibly vintage and therefore potentially valuable. I recently picked up a Gibson Les Paul Standard that had been under a bed for 19 years, Never played and in mint condition and what a buy it was too, from the good wood Gibson days.

One thing is for sure collectors of old interesting and vintage guitars are experiencing diminishing supplies and increasing prices as more people realise the potential for investment and quality of old builds.

If you are fortunate enough to be the owner of an old guitar or a genuine “mint” vintage guitar the chances are you will not want to change a thing, maybe a full Set-Up is all you need. However if your guitar needs some repairs and a major overhaul or rebuild, that’s where we can help.

We have restored many guitars that may have been thrown away or considered to be “right offs”. Restoration of a guitar can be a lengthily process because of the care and attention needed and also tracking vintage parts can be just as complex.

We include an Inspection Sheet with all Guitar Restoration work. More Information here >

Restoration Options

Depending on the guitar and its condition, there are a couple main options with restoration.

  • Firstly is to keep the guitar in its original condition as much as possible to retaining some “untouched” value. Often the history and battle scars and wear and tear are very bit as important to the owner as the guitar itself.
  • Secondly is to re-build the guitar with a full restoration using retro parts and finishing techniques.

Remember the true value of any guitar exists in its history, tone and playability. A large majority of guitar restoration work we have done is so the guitar can be passed down as a family heirloom, father to son guitar.

For help and advice on guitar restoration, please get in touch

Fender Stratocaster Mex Complete Upgrade (Axeify)

Fender Stratocaster Mex Complete Upgrade (Axeify)

Fender Stratocaster Mexican 60th Anniversary Complete Upgrade (Axeify)Introduction to the GuitarThis was is a fabulous Stratocaster in Metallic Green and was made in 2006-2007 at the Ensenada Plant (Fender), Mexico. Condition is generally quite good with a few marks...

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Fender Musicmaster 1976 Rebuild Project

Fender Musicmaster 1976 Rebuild Project

Fender Musicmaster 1976 L/H Project, Complete RebuildThis original right handed Musicmaster guitar was in a bad way and the body was never going to be recovered as it had been hacked up at some point in its life, which was a real shame. The project was a new body in...

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Fender Stratocaster 1972 Refinish Project

Fender Stratocaster 1972 Refinish Project

Fender Stratocaster 1972 Project, Complete Rebuild Strat USADavid Gilmour Stratocaster 1972....The owner of this guitar, dropped it off with us and it was in a bad old state. The client had owned it from new in 1972 and it had been sprayed many times in various...

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Custom Telecaster Refinish Project

Custom Telecaster Refinish Project

Custom Telecaster Project, Telecaster complete build, TeleAlex the owner of the guitar, dropped it off with all the bits. The guitar body was bare wood and all parts were new and supplied...Breakdown of projectBody prepared for spaying and then sprayed to a shell...

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EVH Tribute Refinish Project

EVH Tribute Refinish Project

EVH Tribute Mike the owner of the guitar, dropped it off with all the bits. The guitar was already painted red and had a couple of white lines on it, and we did the rest... This is a 7 sting with a set through neck and active Seymour Duncan Blackout pickups. Yep, it a...

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Shaftesbury Bass 1969 Refinish Project

Shaftesbury Bass 1969 Refinish Project

Shaftesbury Bass 1969 This would have to be one of the biggest repair jobs I have had to do. The photos (I remembered to take a few) show how badly the guitar had been damaged, its condition was very poor. Chris, who owns over 25 guitars, bought the...

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