What's happening?......


Sept 2017, update

posted 27 Sep 2017, 15:47 by Graeme Mennie   [ updated 27 Sep 2017, 15:50 ]

As you may have noticed not much is being posted here, most things are now being posted on my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/gjguitars/) . Anyway, just to say finally my new toy should arrive this month, a band saw. Been saving up for a couple of years for it, so i hope its all worth it when it arrives. Better count my finger before AND after each job......
Went online today looking for wood blanks for new instruments, only bought one as the prices have rocketed. It now costs (seemingly) £221.00 to buy a license and between £37.00 and £78.00 to purchase a buying and selling certificate for rosewood and some other types of exotics. But hey, swamp ash 1 piece a nice grain £278.00.... Come on, that's robbery. So i'm trying to source locally but hey we get last weeks TV programs here so not much luck so far.  

New GJ endorsee.

posted 14 Jun 2017, 06:16 by Graeme Mennie

Most of the updates etc. are now written on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GjGuitars/

GJ guitars would like to welcome Liam Creedon from "Wish you were Floyd" on board as a GJ guitar endorsee. His new weapon of choice was GJ #67 aka Zebra along with 3 x Allt Dubh mini blade noiseless pickups. Thanks again Liam and a very warm welcome.


Update June 2015

posted 26 Jun 2015, 02:02 by Graeme Mennie

Been working on a few new instruments including a new one for myself as I sold #19, a Strat I've been using since it's build in 2005. My new one is #72 an Ash Strat body with a neck I commissioned in 2011.


posted 24 Sep 2014, 14:28 by Graeme Mennie

Well it's September, the op is past. I am still a bit sore and the new tablets make me dizzy around 2.30 - 4.00 everyday. Still I have been busy, busy, busy. I made 5 or 6 bodies in Swamp Ash before I went in and I'm starting to build with them. So far I have made 2, # 60 & #62. The one in between, #61, is a Strat type Black with Wilkinson vintage pickups, black scratch plate, chrome hardware. Unfortunately I bashed it against my ladder when I was removing it from my workshop (the loft). Photos of all 3 to follow soon.


posted 8 Jul 2014, 11:53 by Graeme Mennie

I received word last week about my operation, it has been scheduled for the 5th August. They reckon I will be in for 3 days and off work for up to 6 weeks. It is keyhole so may not take as long as they say.
I will keep everyone updated on the times etc. for repairs or builds.

GJ #54

posted 17 Mar 2014, 16:35 by Graeme Mennie   [ updated 25 Aug 2016, 09:18 ]

GJ #54 - Strat style, Poplar body, maple/ maple neck, vintage tremolo, 3 x alnico V "KGS" (number 13, 14 & 15) single coils pickups. Lovely "Quack" to them.

GJ #53

posted 18 Feb 2014, 13:38 by Graeme Mennie   [ updated 25 Aug 2016, 09:19 ]

"Strat" style with alder body, maple/ rosewood neck, my own (#3 set) HSS pickups, splitter switch, chrome hardware.
A lovely "quilt" effect appeared while sanding the top. It was not intended, but lovely just the same...

2nd Lezzer.

posted 29 Nov 2013, 12:13 by Graeme Mennie   [ updated 25 Aug 2016, 09:20 ]

This one is finally finished after 2 yrs.?. This was cut at the same time as #47 SG and #42 LP. Since these were my first set neck instruments, I thought better to be safe than sorry and make a couple. The first LP (alder) was the blueprint and was used for the sizes and angles. This one #52 has a mahogany body and neck, chrome hardware, Korean pickups and is actually sold. The client has requested a "KGS" piezo blend system to be fitted, but it will look the same as now .It's finished in a dark sunburst with black covers.

2 new L.P. models

posted 29 Nov 2013, 12:00 by Graeme Mennie   [ updated 25 Aug 2016, 09:21 ]

I've always believed that you don't need fixed neck in a L.P. or SG style as there are so many Strat, Tele
players out there. I decided to make a bolt on. The body is made from mahogany, finished in black with a overwound bridge pickup thru body stringing and a volume control. Silly me finished everything but got the neck wrong. Originally it was a mahogany neck with
a rosewood board and walnut head stock. It didn't fit intonation wise. As panic ensued I reckoned a 24 fret scale would fit. I picked up an Aria (Japanese) neck and ..... perfect.
Here is the proof in the pudding as they say...... 

Gj #50

posted 17 Sep 2013, 05:44 by Graeme Mennie   [ updated 25 Aug 2016, 09:24 ]

The last of four Tele's. 3 piece swamp ash body with "Strat" contours and a "PRS" bevel, Dr Parts maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard. Chrome hardware, 3 way selector switch, Alnico 2 Tonerider pickups.

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