New Batch Of Aged Bodies

A new batch of aged bodies are now available with finishing and ageing work expertly undertaken by Scott at SC Relics as usual.

This batch had a theme – blackguards through the years. We wanted to show various levels of ageing from almost new to 50 years on the road in smokey bars.

We used this picture from the Scotty Broyles Archive of a 52 Tele on stage in 1952 as our reference for the base colour. This gave us our “case queen” starting point. Almost no wear at all and no yellowing, there are a few minor dents that you might expect to accumulate over the years on a well-kept guitar going in and out of the case. The finish is sinking into the grain but is still shiny and there is no checking.

At the other end of the spectrum we have the “road warrior” – lots of yellowing, tan lines, abundant checking, buckle rash, arm wear, edge wear, it’s got the lot.

You can find them all in the New Products section of the site. Make sure you check out the linked galleries with higher quality detailed pictures.

Case Queen Ageing Beauty (my favourite!) Honky Tonk Baby Old Smokey The Road Warrior

 

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Stock Roundup

For those that missed it I have Allparts roasted maple necks back after a long absence.

Quarter sawn Strat and Tele and “regular” sawn (rift? flat?). I’m not sure why the non-quarter sawn are only available in Tele but it means I can offer them for a decent saving over the quarter sawn version.

I have pics of each neck in the following galleries SMO-CRQ TMO-CRQ TMO-CR

Also back after a long absence are Telecaster Bigsby-fied bridges. Wouldn’t you know, B5s are now rare as rocking horse poo, but if you have a Bigsby or an AliExpress clone one of these will save you the trouble of grinding out the valleys in the back of a plate and the grooved Gotoh In-Tune saddles will help with string alignment.

Finally (for now) I have brushed aluminium Electro-sockets in stock for those needing to shave a few crucial grams off their build.

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Allparts Rosewood Delay

ALLPARTSCITES continues to frustrate things…

Last week Allparts informed me that due to needing to renew their CITES license the rosewood order may be delayed up to 90 days.

I have been trying to find an alternative for the models/specs I buy from Allparts but have so far come up short. The companies who produce the same spec necks either don’t have dealer/trade pricing or have unrealistic minimum order quantities. I can’t get the same specs from Hosco unless I can commit to 30 pcs of each model, which is again unrealistic. (Hosco won’t even change one spec on a stock neck without the minimum quantity requirement eg different size fretwire)

So as things stand it will be a while before I get more rosewood Allparts necks. If anything changes I will of course post an update.

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Easter 2019 Posting and Opening Times

Royal Mail

As usual I will be answering emails over the long weekend (but not the phone ). To account for Bank Holiday Post Office/Royal Mail closures, posting/dispatch times for Easter period are as follows:

Non courier orders received before noon Thursday 18th April will be dispatched the same day. (This includes necks with standard free shipping option) If you want your parts before Good Friday I would suggest placing orders by 1pm tomorrow Tuesday 16th for same day dispatch and selecting First Class or Royal Mail Tracked 24.
All orders received after 1pm Thursday 18th April will be dispatched on Tuesday 23rd April when Royal Mail and The Post Office resume business.

Parcelforce will not be collecting or delivering from Good Friday until Tuesday 23rd. For Parcelforce delivery before Good Friday orders must be placed before noon Wednesday 17th.

Order early to avoid disappointment!

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Telecaster Ashtray Covers Back In Stock

It’s been a while but I have a few available.

I’ tried every avenue for a cheaper alternative as prices have risen quite a lot the last 18 months (exchange rate + price hikes). My Korean supplier was going to start offering them but the cost of the mold* was excessive ($8k) so they scrapped the idea. Hosco used to make them but their mold broke and it would appear they don’t want to lay out for another. I bought some of the Chinese clones to see if they would be suitable but unfortunately the are slightly the wrong size making a poor fit – they tend to pop off the bridge. Plus the finish/plating was not up to scratch.

So it’s back to the original. Grab one while you can here.

*Is “mold” the right word? These are press formed so”stamp” might be more appropriate, I’m not sure.

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Double Bound Telecaster Bodies Back In Stock

In case you missed it I received a batch of double bound alder Telecaster bodies from Hosco last week. You can find links to pictures of each body with weights on this page. Most are right around 4.5lbs and some lookers just crying out for an oiled or burst finish.
I have some interesting new things coming in a few months, so keep checking back.

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Welcome to 2019

I hope everyone had an enjoyable (and safe) night last night. I was so engrossed in end of month accounts yesterday I completely forgot to make a post!

Thanks to all my customers for another year of keeping me off the corporate ladder – it is most appreciated!

I hope you all have a happy and healthy 2019 and I’m cautiously optimistic I will even get round to finishing a couple of my own builds this year…

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

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Shipping to Canada

Due to industrial action in Canada over the last month or so there are significant delays with all post entering the country that relies on Canada Post for delivery.

Royal Mail are advising that delays will be severe and unpredictable, extending into 2019. You can find the statement under the Canada link here.

Apparently Tracked items are experiencing less of a delay so until further notice this will be the only shipping option available for Canada bound orders.

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Christmas 2018 Last Posting Dates + Office Hours

Office Hours

I will be answering email/phone as usual Friday 21st and Monday 24th then off until Thursday 27th. Closed New Year’s Day.

Shipping Cut-Off Dates

Please remember that no service is 100% guaranteed and cut-off time for same day shipping may be earlier than usual depending on order volume. Order as early as possible to avoid delays or disappointment.

I will be shipping as normal until Thursday December 20th then not shipping again until Thursday 27th.

Thursday 27th and Friday 28th will be shipping as normal then not shipping until Wednesday January 2nd.

Royal Mail

Parcelforce

Domestic Non-courier orders.

Tuesday 18 December  – 2nd Class

Thursday 20 December – 1st Class

Friday 21 December – Royal Mail Tracked 24 (including necks)

International Standard + Tracked

Tue 4 December Africa, Middle East
Fri 7 December Cyprus, Malta, Asia, Far East, Eastern Europe (except Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia)
Sat 8 December Caribbean, Central and South America
Mon 10 December Greece, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand
Fri 14 December Canada, Czech Republic, Italy, Poland and USA
Sat 15 December Finland, Sweden
Mon 17 December Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland
Tue 18 December Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg

Parcelforce

express24

Friday 21st December

Full list of International locations/dates here.

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