Category Archives: Fix it up!

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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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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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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C. 1967 Fender Villager XII w/ DeArmond Pickup

One of our customers, Kirk, came to us with this Villager 12-string in less-than-ideal condition. The top, cracked in multiple places and liberating from the neck pocket, needed serious attention, and the neck had its own set of fissures as … Continue reading

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Gibson ES-355 + THD Quintet = SHAZAAM!!!

I mentioned in a post last week that I was in the midst of installing/modifying the THD Quintet, a self-contained replacement for the Gibson Varitone. Well, it’s installed! We’ve also taken the trim pot off of the board and wired … Continue reading

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Warwick Thumb Bolt-On

I know, I know. It’s been a while since I posted anything related to guitar maintenance. I’m sorry. I’ll do better! We took in a Warwick bass that had been left in a basement for 4-5 years, and had certainly … Continue reading

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Recently…

This beauty came in last Saturday for some slight adjustment, and we all had a blast taking turns strumming dulcet chord after dulcet chord on this beauty, with the owner looking on. We’ve got some great guitars in the shop, … Continue reading

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Shaping a new saddle for a Taylor Acoustic

When someone asks us about the best “bang-for-buck” tonal upgrade to an acoustic instrument, it’s almost always the same answer: replacing the stock, usually plastic (or another type of synthetic) nut and saddle with bone. “But, why?”, asks the generalized, … Continue reading

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