Tony Edwards Guitars - Luthier Services and Tuition
Tony Edwards Guitars is a guitar building, repair, restoration and customisation workshop in Fakenham, Norfolk.
All types of work are undertaken - Fret dressing and refret work, setup and service, full restoration and finish repairs, electronics and rebuilds.
Tony also teaches Guitar, Bass and Drums from his home studio. Rockshool course available on request.
Andy Burlace's Super Relic Strat
An ash body, painted in Nitrocellulose lacquer with a Rosewood neck and jumbo frets.
Andy, former drummer with Walkway but also an accomplished guitarist wanted a strat that looked like a relic but played like a modern superstrat. So it has a spoke wheel truss rod, Bare Knuckles pickups, a blower switch and coil taps, as well as a modern heavy block Gotoh Tremolo.
A flight of Firebirds
The red one was a prototype that I made for my own use - a little smaller than the Firebirds I used to own, and with simple ‘one knob/switch’ electronics.
James ready of Walkway was looking for a custom model - so we based the JR1 on this. It has larger frets, different switch placing and inlays as well as James signature colours. To aid access to the top frets, we also redesigned the cutaway to create more depth.
The guitar is the backbone for the drop D sounds on WWIII, Walkway’s latest album, and was completed just in time for their first appearance supporting the mighty Status Quo and the ‘Streetwise’ video.
Danny Coyle's Spalted Bass
When Danny and I were designing his bass, he wanted something with the Punch of a P-bass, but had the ability to be more subtle. He plumped for a PJ configuration, a high mass bridge and a Spalted Maple top on Ash. The neck is bolt in, but has a Two a side head and rosewood inlay logo. It’s modern, but has a touch of the 70’s about it.
This is one of the few guitars I’ve finished in modern polyurethane. A hard finish was needed, so with some help from Bob at Granville Supplies in Kings Lynn, we got a mirror shine.
Aden's one piece Carve Top
This guitar was made for young guitarist Aden Gerrens. He wanted something that sounded like a Les Paul, but had a few extras such as coil taps and straight string pull for tuning stability.
The body is a single piece of African Mahogany, carved to create a quite extreme top. But the string lie is very strat like, with the bridge buried into the body and the neck angle set level.
The headstock has a rosewood cap, straight string pull and locking tuners. It’s finished off with Bare Knuckles ‘Black Dog’ pickups, screwed down to the wood which give it added ‘Jimmy Page’ style bite.
Vegan Les Paul
Not only had I never built a Les Paul before, I hadn’t ever built a guitar wholly with synthetic parts.
But that was the request this time - no bone, no Mother of Pearl, and definitely no Hide Glue.
The hardest part of the build is creating the neck angle by hand with nothing more than a plane (most luthiers who make LP copies have a router jig, but I never use a router in an exposed blade situation if I can help it).
But it’s been a fun project - and it’s really RED! The quilted top is just gorgeous.
No.1 - The Old Beast
This is the first guitar I made by hand, largely in my Father in Law’s garage. The top was originally painted (which is why it isn’t bookmatched), but I didn’t like it and stripped almost immediately.
It’s been everywhere with me for the last decade, supported Joanne Shaw Taylor, Gwyn Ashton and Skinny Molly, and even at one point had its neck joint smashed in a house moving accident.
But I still hardly ever play anything else - as rough as it is, it’s mine. The neck is like a baseball bat sawn in half and fretted, the tri-sonics are an acquired taste, and it’s got a chunk out of it where a cymbal fell on it.
This guitar was made mostly from locally sourced woods - basically I went through the odds bin at my local hardware store, Wards of Fakenham. There was just enough Sapele to make a body and neck, if I came up with the right design.
So this was it. Finished in a low gloss Nitro, it has straight pull head very much in the style of Brian May’s Red Special, and a fantastic grain structure. It’s finished off with an ebony fretboard from stock and MOP dots.
I’m told the wood was offcuts from a joinery store who make large window and commercial door frames. It’s quite heavy, but its owner, a former professional wrestler, handles it with ease.
I did eventually rebuild this from what you see here - a mid 60’s Hofner Club 40. Originally purchased in Singapore I’m told, it simply fell apart over 30 years ago as the glues dried out.
Someone had tried to re-glue the neck joint with epoxy causing a little damage some time ago, and it was hard to get the original neck angle. The most stable fix was to set the neck and then build a replacement bridge to take out a little height, compensating for the missing material in the joint.
All the electronics were rebuilt too, and in the end the guitar was returned to the owner as a playable instrument. I should have taken more pictures!