frequently asked questions
Q: Can you duplicate my
prized vintage guitar?
- A: Yes. I replicate
existing vintage guitars and parts. If
you have a '59 neck that you want duplicated EXACTLY, I can do that.
A '61 body you want duplicated exactly? I can do that to
using the original. It
is time consuming and expensive. That said, Lashing Guitars are far more accurate than "custom shop" reissues
from mass producers. I do not adjust repro builds for
today's production methods. I adjust my methods to achieve
the proper final result. With some time and effort you can
have one or many copies of that prized guitar.
- Q: Can I
buy a decal from you?
- A: NO
- Q: Have made
made guitars for "insert celebrity here"?
- A: I count
celebrities among my customers and you likely have seen my work.
Some of my customers have lucrative long term deals with very
large entities. Therefore is not in my, or their, best interest
to discuss private matters. The majority of my customers are not
celebrities - I do not discuss these transactions either. If
customers wish to discuss things on their own - I'd like thank
them very much for the word of mouth.
- Q: Will you make me a
custom guitar of my design?
- A: That depends.
Sometimes people send photos of a vintage classic and I can make it for them without a second mortgage taking place.
ideas I avoid like the plague. The last thing I want to
do with my days is make a guitar with mini switches, 7 string necks,
a Floyd Rose trem coupled with P90's installed in 20 lbs of Bubinga.
I do not have the patience or interest for such projects.
- Q: How
much do your guitars cost?
- A: Some want
total vintage replicas down to every last tooling mark. To
acquire, work with, and tool all this detail is very
expensive. Others simply want a classic design that looks,
sounds and plays great but not necessarily something a
vintage dealer would authenticate. These guitars can be done
quite competitively as the obsessive costs are avoided. The
short answer is from a few thousand to many thousands of
- Q: Do you do repairs?
- A: No. I
only work on Lashing guitars. In order to offer top
notch support to those who buy my stuff, I simply cannot
take on outside repair work with the exception of vintage
- Q: Do you
- A: on a case
by case basis I do restore old guitars. If it is within my
level of expertise I really enjoy these projects. If I feel
someone else is better for the job I'll point you in that
direction. Each restoration is extremely unique and must be
approached as such.
- Q: Will you
_insert Guitar Here_?
- A: No. I do not
existing guitars for many reasons. I get asked this all the time.
Anyone who tells you they can relic your Mexican Strat is going to
make your guitar looks like an unconvincing piece of crap. Like
anything in life, the road to success with a good aging is neither
quick nor cheap. A good job is planned before paint ever hits wood.
- Q: Why do you not offer
a phone number on your website?
- A: Because I do not want
people calling me all day. I have guitars to build. email is the
best way to contact me. I can check email at odd times between
builds and find it most efficient.
- Q: Where can I buy your
- A: From me.
I have explored dealers for my standard line. I do not have
the time to bother with it for the most part. If you are a
dealer interested in carrying parts or my work you can always send me an email.
- Q: This
site looks old?
It is. I don't update much. I prefer guitar making.
Q: Can I buy
Clay Dots, Celluloid, Trem assemblies, etc from you?
A: Clay dots
have to be installed in a neck. I do not sell them on their own.
Celluloid (Nitrate) guards are available. Parts I create for my
guitars generally ... I do sell bodies, necks etc upon request.
Once you see and play one of my slab board necks for instance,
you'll never consider dropping 20k on a "vintage" piece again.
Q: Do you use
Allparts, Warmoth etc?
Guitars are made in house. They start as blocks of wood. Lots of people make parts guitars. Its
not really my cup of espresso. I prefer to make my parts and do
it all from milling rough lumber to finished instrument.
Q: Are you
affiliated with "insert large manufacturer here"?
Guitars is not making any other products nor affiliated with any
mass producers. If there is ever another brand name in the shop
its something a customer wants to trade in or a vintage piece
that needs work.