79’ish Superstrat build

May 12th 2016

Won’t be properly starting this one until the V is finished, but the body and neck from GSPBASSES arrived yesterday

The plan is to make a 79′ Style ‘Super Strat’ guitar, target burst with a “closet classic” type finish, so some checking and hopefully slightly darker lacquer.

Guitar kit is a European flame ash body routed for SSH and a large headstock neck with rosewood ‘board.

First purchases will be neck plate and screws, black SSH guard and trem

May 14th 2016

First job done today, rolled fretboard

Big fan of how they feel, so set to work with a large and small screwdriver.

Before (lovely crisp edges as you’d expect from GSP)


June 1st 2016

Decal arrived today

June 18th 2016

Bit more progress:

Managed to chew up some tuner screws and two bridge screws, so replacements ordered. Guessing those screws are made from old KitKat wrappers.

More excitingly, pickups from Oil City ordered. Masterwounds, Neck and middle Route 66’s and an uncovered Beano bridge. Also plumped for an Oil City wiring harness

August 28th 2016

Some progress

I’ve had the ‘pups and wiring harness from Oil City for a while now ready to go.

Rich (Rich Rendall) is making excellent progress:

Cant wait to to see this all put together

September 11th 2016

Getting close now

September 28th 2016

Arrived now, hoping to start assembling tonight

September 29th 2016

It’s assembled, but in need of a proper setup, which I’ll try and get sorted early next week.

Amazing paint by Rich Rendall (no surprises there )

September 30th 2016

Played it through the Kemper this morning to make sure I’d wired it up OK, all good.

Managed to finish work early, so dropped it in for a setup

October 8th 2016

Neck feels fantastic, great shape (feels a bit larger than the usual Fender C shape), the satin finish from Rich […]

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Custom ‘Chloe’ Flying V

April 30th 2015
Following on from the success of the Explorer project and having a spare Chloe inlay, I felt I had no choice ?
Same kind of specs as the explorer:
7 ply binding on the body
White binding on the neck
Ebony board with block inlays
Ebony overlay on the headstock with 5 ply binding
TOM bridge and Stop tail piece setup
It’s again going to be Alpine White with gold hardware, pickups etc.. yet to be decided, I think Ash (Oil City Pickups) might be hearing from me again though
I’ll not bother ordering up tuners etc.. before the kit turns up, which I suspect is 6 weeks+ away, the project will be a slow burner too, I’m saving any spare money (Ha!) for a house deposit.
Anyway, this is the current mockup, I really don’t like the official Gibson Custom V look, so having a go at what I think it should look like.

The pick guard will be fully decided once the wood arrives, I’ll make my own layout again and get it made up. Same with the truss rod cover, might go more traditional V, or maybe replicate the split diamond one I did for the explorer.
Progress so far:
Kit order placed
Tone Pro’s locking bridge and tailpiece (gold!) placed
Other than mistyping my name (I’ve been called worse), the build sheet is confirmed – Current estimate is 4 weeks.

June 23rd 2015
Holy. Shit.

Due to leave Canada tomorrow
July 13th 2015
The kit has arrived (despite being delayed in France due to industrial action at the chunnel!!) – Only had a very quick look at work, but the quality is fantastic, some more detailed pictures later or maybe tomorrow, depending on when I get time:

Some more detailed shots, very impressed (again) with the Precision kits!

July 16th […]

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Pink Paisley Tele build

August 7th 2014

Always fancied a Pink Paisley, I started searching for them again after seeing the one for sale on here and found out that Allparts make a licensed PP body

More searching later, the UK price was £600+, I ordered via eBay one of the USA sellers, after paying VAT on it today, it came to just under £400, which is still a lot, but the quality is amazing!

Here it is as it arrived, next to a very special neck (it’s like a piece of art!) I got from GSPBASSES as part of a Tele thin line partscaster

Not letting my lack of skill or knowledge get in my way, I started measuring out, ready to drill the holes for the pick guard I’d sourced, bridge and control plate. After measuring / checking the pick guard and bridge layout about 10 times, I was ready for drilling (held steady with lots of masking tape)

Some nervous drilling later

Pretty happy with how it went, the control plate isn’t perfectly straight, but more than good enough!

I got the closest pink I could find mixed up in Halfords today to go on the bottom of the pick guard, but that’s not to be done until I decide what neck to use, as that will likely involve modifying the pick guard with the Dremel to allow a 22 fret neck to fit in place. More on that in a bit.

I then turned the guitar over and fitted the ferrules

So the neck, I originally planned to use an Allparts TMO-C, I bought one and a Wudtone vintage yellow kit, but sadly my impatience and lack of skill originally made a bit of a pigs ear out of it, I’ve recovered most of […]

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Monterey Pop Stratocaster build

September 19th 2015
Following on from a thread I made on TheFretboard forums (Monterey Pop Waterslide graphics), I had a bit of a ‘bee in my bonnet’ about how I could get a decent Monterey Pop inspired Strat.
The initial plan was to source a Strat body, get it painted (by the very talented Ceri Rendall) up to the pre clear layer, get it posted back, I’d get a local arty friend to paint it by hand, then ship it back to Rich to get it clear coated.
With a price for the spraying agreed, I sourced a Strat body from here, very rough round the edges, but a decent price with the bridge etc..

I got this shipped over to Rich and then started looking out for a neck, before even trying to see what was around, I pinged a message to GSPBASSES as luck would have it, he had two Strat necks available

The obvious downside (for this build) were the big headstocks, Grahame was confident he could get it to the ‘normal’ shape, so I picked neck 2 (22 fret top adjustable truss rod), Grahame worked his magic and adjusted the headstock

Neck paid for, I then ordered up the vintage yellow Wudtone kit (after posting on here for examples of it being used).
In the middle of this, myself and Rich were talking via email and he fancied having a go at doing the Monterey graphics, the original plan was to free hand, then Rich saw the graphics I’d done and we went back to the waterslide route, but with the colour sections hand painted in (so the blues would show up properly).
So, graphics sent to Rich, also bought a new scratch plate and some paint from the Warhammer […]

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Custom Explorer project

July 23rd 2014
After hankering for a Gibson Explorer again last year, (I’d had a Gibson Government Explorer on order, sadly Gibson treats the UK like the poor relation at times and we never got any (or anywhere else in Europe as far as I can tell)). I noticed this weekend that Precision Guitars have finally started to offer an Explorer guitar kit, I emailed Phil (at Precision) straight away to see if they could accommodate my Custom Explorer idea.
I’d been wanting a Gibson Explorer in the style / spec of my Alpine White Les Paul Custom since the moment I saw Lzzy Hales Signature guitar (sadly, not in production), her one is almost right, but has a bit too much gold for my tastes (inspiration as per the image at the top of this blog entry).
Phil quickly confirmed it was possible, a build sheet was drafted and money was exchanged, the build should be finished within 4-5 weeks, then shipped from America.
My order with Precision:

3-4pc White Limba body
Routed for dual Humbuckers
Drilled for TOM bridge and stop tailpeice
Wiring channels and jack hole drilled


Quartersawn White Limba neck
12″ Radius Indian Rosewood fretboard
6mm position markers
Dual action truss rod
22 Jescar medium jumbo 45/100 frets
2.5 degree neck angle
9 degree headstock angle
10mm tuner holes
Medium “C” neck back profile. (.87″ @ 1st / .97″ @ 12th)

Custom Extras

Ebony fretboard with Block markers
7 ply binding on the top of the body (the option was available for the back too, but decided against it)
7 or 5 ply (TBC at time of writing) binding on the headstock
White binding on the neck

The next steps are to start ordering parts, the shopping list comprises of, pickups (TBD), black pickup rings, selector switch, pots x3, multiply pickguard, bridge, stop tail […]

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A history of Angry Badger – 2009

We enter January with the final ‘badger line-up, the only thing that’s really changed is that Phil has started to bring a guitar along.
I bought the camera along one practice in January to get some new photo’s for the website and Facebook:

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We carried on practicing, writing new material and getting gigs booked up, the first one booked was at The Horn Reborn. We were well rehearsed and the poster was even made:

Sadly the weather took a turn for the worse and thick snow fell on the 3rd of Feb so we pulled out of the gig.
The next gig we had lined up was Club 85 on the 7th of March

The gig went well, the lineup was a bit more inline with our style of music instead of putting us on with the usual lot of terrible indie bands with bad shoes and cravats

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Rob managed to find a Boss recording device at home and bought it along to one of the practices, this is the band on the 16th of April, in preparation for our next gig

This brings us to the Green Room gig, definitely Rob’s Angry Badger ‘career highlight’

On the run up to the gig, I’d managed to speak to Chris Evans on Radio 2 (drive time), told him and the listeners about the gig and then requested ‘The boys are back in town’. Further to this, I’d also got in contact with the Welwyn and Hatfield times and got an article […]

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A history of Angry Badger – 2008

We finished the end of 2007 recruiting a new bass player, after Phil F decided he just couldn’t find the time any more, back to our familiar haunt of Forming Bands we met Keith. We wasted no time getting Keith up to speed adding some funk from Keith’s slap bass stylings to some of the original tunes, and crafted a new one called “The Dentist” a lovely song about pervy dentists.

We decided to record an E.P at London Road Studio’s, we recorded 5 tracks in total and named the E.P “Robot Love”
Here’s me doing the scream intro to “Stop The Bells”

Here are those 5 tracks:

We actually had Prey played on BBC 3 Counties radio – Quite a cool moment, we heard them play it live whilst we were at London Road Studios in the middle of a rehearsal!
Some photos from Feb 2008:

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With some new songs ready to go, we got our first gig booked for Club 85, the poster this time was inspired from the “The Man Who Eats Badgers and Other Strange Tales from Bodmin Moor” Arthur Boyt.

This also made it as a t-shirt design (not that anyone bought one).
The gig went well (we got invited back later, so it can’t have been that bad!).
I can’t embed videos from Facebook, so here’s a couple of links to two video’s from the Angry Badger page:
I don’t think it was long the Club 85 gig that Keith decided that our music was getting heavier, where he hoped it’d […]

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A history of Angry Badger – 2007

The lineup remains the same, for now anyway!

I don’t remember exactly what we did at the start of the year, but in February I put together the Badgercaster, basically my already mutilated SQ Series Squire (if you know what these are, I’m sorry) got changed to a one pickup rock machine with a built in homemade Fuzz Factory clone pedal. In truth I only used it live a coupe of times, mainly to end a set with some serious noise before ‘Strange Case’.

Moving along to the 13th of March, we played the first heat of a Battle Of The Bands competition at the Horn Reborn in St. Albans, this was the first gig where I thought people actually ‘got us’, people we didn’t know were getting into our music, in the video you can see some people head banging along, nice!

We got a fair amount of people along to this gig to support us, was a good turn out, we have photos and videos from this event. You’ll notice some t-shirts I’d made up and given out to our friends:

This was the gig we debuted Stop The Bells, which seemed to be well received. I’d even made up a couple of specific logos for that and Iron Clad, for the MySpace MP3 player I believe.


We actually won the heat (they announced this around 1 am whilst we were loading up our cars). We then had to perform in the semi-finals, but more on that later.

In parallel we were recording our second E.P, not sure what inspired it, but I came up with ‘Undercover Death Funk’, I think I was trying to start my own genre.

This E.P was done round a friend of Mark’s house, he […]

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A history of Angry Badger ? 2006


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A history of Angry Badger – 2004 / 2005

My first band and longest serving one so far was Angry Badger. For no other reason than I have lots of MP3’s, pictures and some videos, I thought I’d document the history of the ‘badger.
Originally started by myself, a mad unreliable punk drummer called Dan and a guy from works brother called Egor some point in late 2004, we were initially nameless, toying with all sorts of names, including the Dead Zebra’s (just imagine the logo!). We recruited another guy from work to sing for a while called Tristan, but he was more doing it to stop us from keeping on at him, we played some covers (badly) just for fun, myself and Egor regularly swapping guitar and bass duty’s depending on the song (I could play slap bass, Egor was better at guitar solo’s!). Dan became increasingly unreliable, so we recruited for a drummer online and met a fantastic player (who’d even played in front of Chad Smith at drum school) called Adam.
Once Adam was recruited, we needed to find a permanent singer, who could sing more than Green Day covers.
It was during this time, the name Angry Badger was chosen, it actually came from a story a guy at work (Flan) told me, about how one drunken night, on the way home from the pub, they decided to ‘hedge hop’ their way home, to save time (as you do). A few gardens in, Flan was confronted by ‘a big f*ck off badger’ that was snarling and swiping at him, the name was chosen!! Adam being quite the artist sketched up the logo:

Back to ‘Forming Bands’ and we auditioned a guy called Phil C (the C is important, more Phil’s later), the audition was […]

By |July 15th, 2013|Music|0 Comments