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Get to Know Us! Part 4: John Fromel on Albums

This week we finally get to hear from the man, the myth, the legend: John Fromel himself. The business started in 2008 when I started building pedals and mod kits in my garage. The business quickly grew and my wife … Continue reading

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Get to Know Us! Part 3: Matthew Tolley on Albums

Matthew is the house luthier and fretted instrument technician at Leading Tone. Matthew has been designing, building, repairing, and restoring fretted musical instruments for over 13 years. After graduating from the Roberto-Venn School of Lutherie, Matthew went on to work … Continue reading

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Get to Know Us! Part 2: David Curtis on Albums

David is the buying, selling, trading, in-store and online sales guy with nearly 30 years of guitar playing experience and over 10 years of music retail sales experience. He loves making deals and long-lasting relationships with happy customers. With over … Continue reading

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Get to Know Us! Part 1: Chris Mulder on Albums

This is the first installment of a new series of posts where we get to know the folks that work at Leading Tone. We’ll ask them a series of questions on a particular topic with some random ones thrown in … Continue reading

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1982 Gibson Victory MVX

Greeting! Every once and a while an unusual guitar comes in for repair and we all gather round to ooh and ahh. This 1982 Gibson Victory MVX in twilight blue is no exception. These were built by Gibson, in both … Continue reading

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New Hours

We have new hours at Leading Tone. We are moving our by appointment day from Thursday to Tuesday. Meaning we will be open regular hours on Thursday and if you want to stop by on Tuesday just give a call … Continue reading

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1973 Telecaster Refret

Greetings from the Leading Tone repair bench! We’ve been continuing our run of cool Telecasters coming in the shop for setup and repair. This 1973 butterscotch example is no exception. This is certainly a players instrument with all the wear … Continue reading

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Introducing Naughty Little Monkey Guitars & Ukuleles

Leading Tone is pleased to announce the arrival of Naughty Little Monkey guitars and ukuleles. Naughty Little Monkey instruments are handcrafted in Olympia, WA by luthier Will Eikleberry. Will is a graduate of the Summit School of Lutherie in British … Continue reading

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Making a compensated bone saddle

Greetings from the Leading Tone repair bench. We get lots of requests for installing compensated bone saddles in steel string acoustic guitars. The bone saddles sound much more articulate than the plastic material commonly used on today’s guitars, not to … Continue reading

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Leading Tone Custom 5E3 Amp Build

Greetings! We recently completed a custom 5E3 amplifier for a customer and we couldn’t have been happier with the results. The Fender 5E3 amp, commonly referred to as a Fender Deluxe is a very simple and common amp know for … Continue reading

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