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Hampton Guitars—Killer Lookin’ Black Limba

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Check this baby out!!!

“This guitar has a beautifully figured black limba solid body and neck cut for me by Precision Guitar Kits, both stained amber. They do beautiful work, and their necks are just super! The neck has a rosewood fretboard, and features the distinctive Hampton headstock. A Graph Tech Resomax Wrap bridge with string saver saddles and a Graph Tech Black Tusq nut give great sustain and tone. Tuners are Grover Super Rotomatics, with the art deco buttons that seem to be made for this guitar.

Pickups are GFS Dream90s—fat, hot, single coils. These are significantly hotter than a standard P90, and have a little more balance in the tonal range, but still have that trademark P90 high-mid bite. The neck pickup is big and bluesy, and the bridge pickup is sharp, sweet, and full of nice overtones when no treble is cut, but the treble bleed can be rolled up to get a Fender-type sound. They are mounted with black metal mounting rings…they have a much better look than the plastic ones that come with pickups.

The volume control also has a push-pull switch that, when pulled up, runs the two pickups in series like a big humbucker. I also use a blend control instead of a pickup selector switch to give access to the full range of tones that can be found ‘in between’ those three positions. Bourns pots, Vishay-Sprague orange drop cap for the treble bleed, Switchcraft output jack, unique hand-crafted pickguard, and black metal knurled knobs on the controls complete the complement of electronics and hardware used on this latest Hampton Bel-Air Custom solid-body electric guitar.”

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J-M Tremblay’s Special SG Jr.

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“I just finished my build today. It is awesome! It’s made out of very good quality tonewood and as your name suggests, the kit is made with precision. When I received the kit, I didn’t really know what pickup/control configuration I wanted. I decided to go with two classic PAF humbuckers, three-way switch, and single volume and tone … simple, but I have everything I need! I did the finish with oil. It keeps the texture of the wood, which I particularly like—mahogany. The pickguard is my own design. It is a mix of the classic “full-face” SG standard, “half-face” of the 61′ SG, and the pickguard of the 1998 SG deluxe. I love the look and the tone of bigsby vibratos. And this one makes no exception! This guitar looks great, plays great AND sounds amazing!

Here are some pictures of it.”

 

 

 

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Dave’s Beautiful Double Cut

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“Hi Phil, at long last the kit is finished and I thought you might like to see the pictures. Although delivered last November, time was not on my side and we finally finished her about four weeks ago.

I was helped by a friendly local luthier ( Richard Meyrick ) with the neck fit—about 25 mm removed to bring it to equivalent of a 60’s Gibson slimline neck—à la 335 , LP etc. Richard did the paintwork—I was looking for an authentic 58 Jnr finish—which I hope you agree looks the part. Richard made the scratch plate and control cavity plate.

I bagged myself a genuine P90 from an old Gibson 330 on eBay and the hardware all came from Julian at Fake 58.

Now that she is up and running, she sounds fantastic—I am keeping her for slide work almost exclusively and she doffs her hat to Doyle Bramall 11 ‘s 58 Jnr. The truss rod cover says “’58 Jnr” and my initials in chrome.

Thanks again for a great piece of work—the quality and neck fit were superb.”

 

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“This is my first build. This one is going to be with me for a very long time…”

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This is Keith’s first build.

Here is the order of what he did to the quilted maple cap. Ends up being beautiful.

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Here it is dyed with red mahogany dye as the base layer

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Here is the first colour session. You can see where the colour absorbed more on the perimeter in some places, so it was destined for another layer.

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Here is the how the final dye session turned out. I found that I had to over-concentrate the dye about four times the recommended strength that the dye suggested in order to get the yellow to come forward the way I wanted. Like I said, I will send you a good picture of the finished product all strung up with close to eight hours playing time on it. I just have to go take it first. I just finished it up last Sunday at about 11pm, so it is still adjusting to string tension, but man does it sound great.

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Here is a photo of it before I strung it up. It’s strung up now but I don’t have any photos of it as it stands. The sound and sustain is incredible, I used all vintage pots and resistors so I could get an old school vintage sound. Can’t beat the sound of a vintage guitar so that’s what I was going for, and I achieved it.

 

He is going to send me along some pics of it strung up. Will post them when I get them.

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Black Limba Double Cut Finished with Tru-Oil

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So this guitar came off the shop floor and Markus took one look at it and had to have it. He is a meticulous builder with a wealth of guitar lore and knowledge, always an interesting guy to talk with.

So here is what he has done, Tru-Oil on the black limba. It really brings out the wood’s highlights, just beautiful… In person it is even more dramatic and the feel of a Tru-Oil neck in your hands is really, really fantastic. It has the Seymour Duncan Antiquity Pickup in it and the Gotoh Wraparound Bridge. It is waiting for the Bake-lite pickguard.

He also just happened to have a bumblebee cap, from a LP 58, just sitting around waiting for a home and here it is.

I will get some video and sound clips from him in the next couple of weeks.

 

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Video One Of Our Customers Put Together On His First Guitar Build

Here is a YouTube video put together by one of our customers. Just showing the kit and the steps he took to put it together. The music playing over the video is from the guitar he built. This was his first guitar build. He has used the Bumblebee Capacitors in his tone train. I like the warmth that is in the tone when it’s clean, but it still has just a great growl with the gain turned up.

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Tony’s Cherry SG Jr.

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“Hey Phil,

Here are some photos of my recent build, your SG Jr. I am quite pleased with how the guitar fell together. The neck is lovely, straight and true, I have not had to adjust the neck at all. And the guitar is very light and reasonant. I’ve always loved the look of these guitars and the Heritage Cherry finish came out as I had hoped. She is a real screamer with the lollar P-90!

Thanks, Tony”

 

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Ric’s Two Black and Blue—Awesome!

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“Hi Phil,

Thought I would send you pics of the finished product from your body/neck kits.  The second kit I bought (the blacktop), had obvious improvements over the first one (purchased a month earlier).  I really appreciate the fact that you are constantly improving the product. The Blacktop is simply a superb guitar, the fit of the neck was perfect, the routs were exact, and the neck/fretwork was perfect as well.  Not that the earlier one was a problem, I just had to massage the cavity covers a bit, and the truss rod access is a bit different.  Overall, I couldn’t be more pleased with the results.”

 

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Steve P’s Single Cut Quilted Maple Cap LP

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Pure cool craftsmanship. This is a stunning guitar.

“Hi Phil…I am very happy with the way this build went.  You really got this thing right!
Excellent foundation for a one-off custom guitar.”

I asked Steve how he built this guitar.

“I started by gluing down a fine sheet of walnut burl and routing the binding channel. Then I enlarged the control cavity and made the tummy cut and the PRS like cut at the bout. then the body got a very light stain and many coats of lacquer.
The peg head has an ash burl veneer with lacquer, the rest of the neck is tung oiled only. I installed a General guitar gadgets booster circuit and used a .047 oil and paper type capacitor on the tone pot. The pick-up is a DiMarzio P-90 with a walnut cover homemade. The guitar has a nice feel and sounds good. Will probably build one of your LP kits next fall.

Thanks again, Steve”

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Another Phil’s Natural and Naked (the guitar, not him)

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This is a cool, cool guitar. As the headline says Natural and Naked. Not only is the mahogany we use fantastic tonewood,  but also just such a beautiful looking wood too. Here is one of our who-digs-the-wood-grain-like-we-do. Simply shows it off.

 

“A few pictures of the recently finished Junior. It doesn’t get much more basic than this…slab o’ wood, neck, and one pickup. She is built to JAM!
I really dug the grain, so I decided to just do a tung oil type finish…very happy with results. TonePros bridge, GREAT P90 from Mick Brierley, Tusq nut, and TonePros Kluson tuners. NO PICKGUARD…don’t want to cover up the grain.

Cheers, Phil”

 

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Our French Connection Yannick’s Beauty

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Check out the aged and cracked clear coat on it. Beautiful work.

 “Hi Phil,

I just completed my ’59 replica based on your Jr. kit, thought I would share!
Thanks for a quality kit, the neck/body joint is really a great fit, very tight and snug, and the fretting job is outstanding, I do fretting myself and was prepared to refret it just in case, but man this really is nice work!
The project turned out great and the guitar sounds killer! Alive and resonant as they say, I guess it applies here… The Wolfetone pickup sure helps ;-)”

 

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BFiredude’s Awesome Build.

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Just thought I’d send you pics of my finished guitar. The kit was purchased last year for Christmas. Finish it during last summer. Everything came out pretty well. It plays awesome.
Features: Custom Headstock Inlay by me. Engraved truss cover.  Sperzel Trim Lok tunning machines, Tone Pro’s locking bridge and tailpiece, Jimmy Page style electronics and Seymour Duncans P-59 pickups. The finish is Nitrocellulose lacquer.

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Steve’s Beautiful Natural Double Cut

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Here is one of kits, shipped to a builder with a paddle headstock so he can do his own treatment, make it his own. It does make it stand out. The ebony headstock overlay with mop inlay looks great. The pickup is a custom built Seymour Duncan 78 humbucker on a p-90 chassis with dog eared cover.

Here are some pics of his build:

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Eddie’s LP Standard

This is our LP kit, with a simple beautiful finish. The  plain maple cap wood grain shows up so nicely on this.  Here is what Eddie as said about our kits.

“Thanks for a awsome kit. it plays better than my $%$#@ guitar.

Great fret work. waiting for a prs style kit now. I used trans tint amber and cherry and mixed them till i got what i wanted it went on darker than i wanted so i took clean wet towels and rubbed it down till i got the color i was looking for.i kept the neck and back natural and the maple on the side is like binding like on a prs.

Thanks again

Eddie

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Jono from South Africa…Double Cut/ Double Rout

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Jono has taken an old school approach to this guitar.

This is his words:

The idea is for this to be the live gig workhorse – something serious with good  components and a great sound (you cant beat P 90’s for that live tone!) but withoutthe silly price tag.

I put in a shot of the neck being set – because the angle is built into the neck (perfectly) we could actually set it in a stand! with no issues!

For the finish I put on a couple of coats of “indoor polywax sealer” with a cloth and I think it looks understated and quite pretty, the strangest thing is that I’ve had the guitar for a while now and I still cant tell what colour it is! The combination of the sealer and the wood makes it look different under different lighting conditions.

I swear its the same finish in all the photos (there might be one of the raw wood in there?), it looks like a different guitar in each shot! I’ve seen this sealer on other guitars never with this effect, I love that mine came out mysteriously special… Thanks for using rich beautiful wood!

Jono

 

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Les Whatever’s Les Paul Custom Build…and some kind words.

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This is one of our Australian Customers. We made him a custom kit, flame maple cap, neck and body binding and trap inlays. He has done a fantastic job with it. The grain of the flame maple cap just pops out. This is what he sent along to us.

 I have finally finished the LP kit i bought from you. I have to say one final thank you. It was so easy to make this guitar because everything was made so well before it even hit my hands. It took almost no setup at all as the neck fit like a glove.

I have played it for a couple of weeks and it is definitely my favorite guitar now. It just sounds massive, plays silky smooth and it truly is a joy to play.

Thanks.

Les

 

 

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Custom Line Of Hampton Guitars

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We work with a number of guys that are building their own line of guitar. Reid Hampton is one of those. He had an idea for a guitar line that he has always wanted to build and approached us and we were able to work in the flesh what his vision was in his head.

This is the initial result of our working together.

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Gavin Downie, Guitar Tech from New Zealand And His Guitars

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This is piece of writing from Gavin Downie, one of our great customers. He had sent along the pic below a while back that showed all of his guitars hanging on a wall, including our LP Jr. ( see the lil red beauty right in the middle ) I sent him a quick email back and asked about the guitars, any stories behind them. I think it is cool the stories that come out.  I am interested in stuff like that.

This is  the pic that started it all…and what I got back from him about guitars. Gavin works with a lot of touring acts, in the land of the All Blacks….. Notice Mr. Gibbons in the pic at the bottom.

Love it.. Guitar AreGREAT!!

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Erik Hansen’s SG Jr. Build

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Erik wrote to me a while back telling me about a guitar that he had years ago that he wished he had kept. It was an SG Jr., cherry stained. He wanted that guitar but updated and this time in a beautiful rich white.  so he bought a kit from us and went about building a legend. He documented the process.

And apparently the Lollar pick ups are fantastic.

This is a great read on how to make one of our kits.

Take a read. here’s a link to Erik’s build blog.

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