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Our Plek Machine Refret Process with Before and After Pics

Our Plek Machine Refret Process with Before and After Pics
In this Blog Post, I will run you through our refret process which includes having the fingerboard planed and frets level and crowned in our Plek Machine. You'll see before and after photo evidence how just how bad the neck was versus how it turned out. Our process is insanely quick and far more accurate than any job done by hand. So go ahead and click, why doncha, to literally see what the Plek Machine is capable of!

What is the Fender Custom Shop Handwound '69 Stratocaster Pickup Set

What is the Fender Custom Shop Handwound '69 Stratocaster Pickup Set
The Fender Custom Shop '69 Stratocaster Pickup Set is our best selling set of aftermarket pickups. Why? Jimi Hendrix, that's why! These pickups NAI...

The Fender Custom Shop Fat '50s Stratocaster Pickup Set

The Fender Custom Shop Fat '50s Stratocaster Pickup Set
The Fender Custom Shop Fat ‘50s Stratocaster Pickup Set has been one of our most ordered set for years! Using the earliest Strat pickups as the foundation for the Fat 50s, then adding some modern features like RWRP (or Reverse Wound, Reverse Polarity) that allows for noiseless operation in positions 2 and 4, and hand beveling the staggered magnets for excellent balance across strings. The Enhanced Bass Response of the Fat 50s is something to behold! Never before has your Single Coil Loaded Strat sounded so beefy!

The Fender Custom Shop Hand-Wound Ancho Poblano Stratocaster Pickup Set

The Fender Custom Shop Hand-Wound Ancho Poblano Stratocaster Pickup Set
The Fender Custom Shop Handwound Ancho Poblano Stratocaster Pickup set is quickly becoming a favorite for players who prefer some heat from their single coil’s. The Ancho Poblano set is rooted deeply in Fender’s Vintage World with Alnico 3 Magnets in the neck and middle (the same magnets from the 1955 set) and Formvar wires while enamel coating on the bridge magnets and Alnico 5 magnets really turn up the heat! The Handwound Ancho’s took a classic Fender recipe and added some seriously smokey heat to the mix!

The Fender Custom Shop Twisted Tele Pickup Set for Telecaster

The Fender Custom Shop Twisted Tele Pickup Set for Telecaster
The Fender Custom Shop Twisted Tele Pickup Set is our neck and neck favorite with the Nocaster Pickup set. The Twisted pickups are rooted in the vintage world but modernized with some sleek, under the hood design changes that have made this the favorite pickup of many Telecaster Players. 

The Fender Pure Vintage '65 Strat Pickup Set: Surf's up!

The Fender Pure Vintage '65 Strat Pickup Set: Surf's up!
The Fender Pure Vintage '65 Strat Pickup Set absolutely captures the sound of a timeless era in music history. From vintage bobbin construction to genuine original-era cloth wiring, all Fender Pure Vintage pickups are wound to precise specifications for authentic, traditional Fender tone and performance. So if you are looking to nail the Surf Sound of the mid-1960s in a Stratocaster, this is the pickup for you!

Swamp Ash as a Tonewood for Guitar

Swamp Ash as a Tonewood for Guitar
What is Swamp Ash? Technically, Swamp Ash is not a species of wood but a term for Ash that has grown along rivers, streams, creeks, bogs, and… swamps! Its roots are underneath the water table so the wood is super light. It is lighter weight than the Ash lumber produced by trees growing around less moisture. Us guitar guys and gals like it because it is lighter in weight than the stuff used for baseball bats and bowling pins. We mostly know it as a tonewood used for solid body Fender Guitars, though as of 2020, Fender is planning on slowing down the usage of this wood to help its resurgence.

Maple as a Tonewood for Guitar

Maple as a Tonewood for Guitar
This one time, my Strat fell out of an open gig bag on my concrete patio during loadout for a weekend of performances. After picking it and my jaw off the patio, I saw that it dinged up 2 frets but the fingerboard was totally fine. Had that been my Les Paul Custom I would have been taking it to Chip to work his Headstock Voodoo Magic! 

Spruce as a Tonewood for Guitar

Spruce as a Tonewood for Guitar
What is Spruce? Spruce is a widespread coniferous tree that has a distinctive conical shape and hanging cones, widely grown for timber, pulp, and Christmas trees. Part of the Picea Genus, along with 35 other species that carry 59 accepted names. Alright, see ya! Just kidding, I've got mad love for Spruce and lots more to say, hopefully, you find some of it helpful. 

Rosewood as a Tonewood for Guitar

Rosewood as a Tonewood for Guitar
The most commonly ‘built-in’ Rosewood you’ll find on a guitar is Indian Rosewood, so that’s what wood we will use as our baseline for this conversation, though others will be brought up. Harvested in India, this wood is also grown on plantations in Pakistan. Used widely for fingerboards and the back and sides of acoustic guitars. FenderGibsonMartinTaylorPRS, and literally every builder who can afford to use Rosewood does. It's a fantastic tonewood with deep roots in both the acoustic and electric guitar w

Mahogany as a Tonewood for Guitar

Mahogany as a Tonewood for Guitar
You're here to learn about one of the top 5 tonewoods of all time and I will do my best to share with you the info I have found helpful. First off, a little background, here-say, and conjecture. Mahogany is a tonewood that many guitarists learn of early on because it has been used to build some of the most iconic instruments ever played. So it's very easy to uncover early on in the rabbit hole. It's also used for necks AND bodies more so than any other typical instrument wood. 

Sapele as a Tonewood for Guitar

Sapele as a Tonewood for Guitar

Alright! Let's learn a little about this relatively new Mahogany substitute. Well, new to some folks but many luthiers, big name and garage builders have been hip to this more cost-effective "Meliaceae" for a while now. Let's get the uber-dorky stuff out of the way... Sapele is a (confusing) type of wood. "Entandrophragma cylindricum" is a tree of the genus Entandrophragma of the family Meliaceae. It is commonly known as sapelli or sapele mahogany, as well as aboudikro, assi, and muyovu.