Lashing Guitars Mantra:
The Short of it.
Guitars is a (primarily) one man operation in Canada. This
is my semi retirement business with a simple motto: I do not
build because I have to. I build because I want to. Years of
study, tooling and practice have gone into Lashing Guitars. If you
need a Celluloid (Nitrate) Pickguard, a Slab neck
replicated, an Exact '59 LP Burst, a '61 Strat built from scratch to
the highest detail ... this is what I do.
UPDATE: the workshop is
closed and I am no longer in production. I may update a bit
here and there and have a story or two to tell once and
while. I stress I have never been active in Internet forums.
If someone says they are me, its not. I have noticed
discussions about me positive and negative and dont know the
people holding those discussions. Its quite comical how
disingenuous most internet knowledge is. Everyone claims to
be an expert cutting and pasting someone elses stuff. Its
entertaining sometimes anyway. There are a few forums in
particular I consider nasty places made of complete trash.
But thats my opinion and everyone has one.
My Services In
Half my time is
dedicated to restoring vintage solid body electrics from the
50's and 60's. Most notably Pre CBS era Fender and 50's-60's
Gibson products. I do not take on repair or restoration work
involving guitars built after 1969. I only get involved in
high level detail restorations and am choosey as to what I
take in. Getting back to authentic, functional specification
is highest priority. Only so many pieces can be done
exceeding well in a calendar year thus I cannot accept
everything. If its on my bench, its interesting.
When you love what you do, the best tends to happen.
Guitars made to extreme detail,
mostly the replicating of classics. You'd be surprised how
many famous (valuable) Tele's, Strats or Les Paul
bursts have identical twins for touring purposes. After 50
years things do get worn out, lost/stolen or simply to
valuable to risk traveling. I do not do the typical "custom
shop" work. My clone builds are meant for the professional
who's guitars are part of their personality and image. All
parts and materials must be correct and authentic. Sound,
playability and vintage specification of "appraisal" quality
are paramount. This involves custom fabrication of all
elements. I also manufacture guitars of my own design from
time to time including exotic eye candy to take things "over
Consultations and Appraisals
The manufacturing process
is the only way to understand and indentify markings of a
vintage guitar. Many and all things can be reproduced. Not
many do it exceptionally well. This is what separates pros
from the "cons". I travel throughout the year to examine
collectable pieces. I do not do online appraisals or cheesy
book signing parties. I do not claim to tell vintage status
across a dimly lit room or from grainy photographs. Many dealers
claim this uncanny ability and its a sideshow. Like anything
in life - until you stand in the fire you will not know its
burn. I fix and recreate these things all the time. I know
what it takes to recreate old machinery markings and process
scars. Most dealer/appraisers have no first hand
manufacturing experience. There are many ways to "almost" get it right (almost
translates to wrong) .... these dead giveaways in material
and manufacture are the only way to truly tell the real
McCoy from Decoy. I do in hand appraisals only. Items can be
shipped to me or me shipped to the items. For regular
customers I will check out online auctions and give an
opinion but again - looking at pictures is not an accurate
Material Purchase and
Always buying lumber and
creating materials. Obsolete things like Celluloid Nitrate.
machining metal parts, casting knobs, etc. NOS tolex, sheet
goods, parts ..... I am interested in all. I buy,
manufacture and sell. Fine old woods, parts, pieces ....
etc. As I wind things done more a little each year, I will
still buy but its gotta be interesting.
Email is the best way to contact me as I
can answers questions at my leisure, whatever the hour.
I work all the time.
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