Category Archives: Guitar Repair

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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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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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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1964 Gibson ES-335 Appraisal

Happy new year! Tired of hearing that yet? Not us. Here at Leading Tone, we’re all about milking the holidays for as long as we can. Just before Decemberween hit, I was asked to do an appraisal on what I … Continue reading

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Christian’s Micro-Frets Plainsman!

Sometimes we’re fortunate enough to do some work on a truly rare and highly coveted instrument, and this one was no exception. For your edification, I bring you the Micro-Frets Plainsman. This particular instrument belongs to Christian Wargo of Seattle’s … Continue reading

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C. 1964 LG0 Restoration Pt. 4- Homeward Bound

Well, today was the day we saw a much-loved and carefully restored guitar back in the arms of its rightful owner. It’s always hard to say goodbye to instruments like this one, especially having spent well over a month with … Continue reading

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Shane’s (Badwater Fire Co.) Highly Modified Stratocaster

A while back, Remedios The Beauty (my band) had the opportunity to share a bill at the High Dive with an amazing band: Badwater Fire Company. This group of musicians sets itself apart from the pack by not only writing … Continue reading

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C. 1964 LG0 Restoration Pt. 3: Bridge Boogaloo

Since we’ve already determined the guitar needs a bridge replacement, we went ahead and ordered a pre-cut bridge. This bridge wasn’t terribly expensive, but we had no idea it would come finished, and disappointingly at that. That overly dark satin … Continue reading

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