Author Archives: LTFromel

Telecaster Partial Refret

Greetings everyone! Matthew here reporting from the repair bench. Here at Leading Tone we’ve had a good run of Telecaster repairs and mods of late. One highlight from this batch of repairs was the partial re-fret on a 80’s era … Continue reading

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Introducing Tolley Stringed Instruments

Greeting everyone! Leading Tone is pleased to introduce archtop guitars and mandolins by Tolley Stringed Instruments.  Tolley Stringed Instruments are handcrafted locally in Seattle by Leading Tone’s house luthier, Matthew Tolley. The instruments pictured (left to right) include: -A 17″ … Continue reading

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Fixing the slots of a bone nut

Matthew here and greetings from the repair bench! I’d like to take the opportunity to share a luthiers trade secret on how to repair over cut slots on a bone nut. This fix is extremely useful and fast to perform … Continue reading

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1946 Fender Woody Deluxe Model 26

This amp came into the shop a few weeks ago for a restoration. What a sweet joy to have in the shop the very first production amp that Fender ever made. A true piece of Rock and Roll history. The … Continue reading

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Exciting Changes at Leading Tone

I am pleased to introduce Leading Tone’s new in-house luthier, Matthew Tolley.  He will be taking exceptional care of all shop and customer guitars needing setups, repairs or modifications.  He is also capable of making you an incredible custom guitar. … Continue reading

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Introducing Wallingford Guitars

Come in and check out two new guitars hanging on the wall of fame from Wallingford Guitars, created by luthier Scott Paul Johnson. They play and sound as good as they look. 100% hand crafted in Seattle. Come in and … Continue reading

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Jack Black is the Frigg’n Man.

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The Skyemaster: Our Custom-Made Jazzmaster for Skye of Fleet Foxes!

Isn’t that neat? I was just discussing with my wife the fact that when I first moved to Seattle, I’d have never dreamed that two years later I’d be working on guitars for real-live touring bands, let alone actually building … Continue reading

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Strymon TimeLine and Blue Sky Reverb available

I have 5 of each. They will not last long so contact us if you want one.

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Converting to Baritone? Read This!

This week a customer came in wanting to have his Telecaster set up for baritone strings and tuned to A. He had bought a few sets of D’addario strings for baritone guitar .and was hoping all it needed was a … Continue reading

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