Category Archives: Guitar Repair

Fleet Foxes’ ’67-ish Martin 12-string!

We’re extremely fortunate here, to have worked on a few instruments of select prestige. This one is doubly so, not only being one of the “last of the Brazilians”, as good friend Joel Tepp put it, but being a touring … Continue reading

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C. 1964 LG0 Restoration Pt. 2

Hey! Sorry for the extreme length of time between updates. We’ve been so busy in the shop lately that while I’ve done some work on this guitar, there hasn’t been time to write. I plan to remedy this now. Having … Continue reading

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Installing a Lap Steel Pickup for Skyler of Fleet Foxes

Isn’t that the greatest sight in the world? A super heavy-duty road case with “Fleet Foxes” written on day glow green tape on the lid hinting at the treasures within. My bestest buddy and coworker Mike Ball has had the … Continue reading

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Jazzmaster/Jaguar Tips and Tricks Part 1

One topic of much debate amongst guitarists, builders and aficionados is the care and feeding of the Fender offset guitar. In the Jazzmaster and Jaguar guitars Leo gave us some of his most treasured- and in some cases, confusing- refinements … Continue reading

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C. 1964 Gibson LG0 Restoration Part 1

Yesterday Brent came in with his grandfather’s instrument, having acquired it some years ago. When he opened the case we could see that it would be no small task to bring it back to fitness, but I for one was … Continue reading

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Joshua’s Custom Built 5 String Electric Mandocello

Our new friend Josh came in a week ago to try out some of our fancy Strymon and Fromel pedals and ended up taking a few home. Before he left, we struck up a conversation centered upon this uniquely interesting … Continue reading

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Chris Mulder’s Ibanez Conversion

Here at Leading Tone, we love to make guitars play and sound better than they do when “factory fresh.” What I mean is that almost any guitar can not only feel better than when you bought it, but they can … Continue reading

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1949 Gibson L-7

This L-7 is a real winner, but it came in the shop looking pretty miserable. Though structurally sound, the guitar was literally covered in nicotine from years of dive-bar play. I’ve seen dull finishes before, but when I touched this … Continue reading

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Breedlove Saddle Fix

The other day, Nick- a worship leader at Mars Hill’s University District- brought his Breedlove acoustic back to the shop in hopes that we could rectify the volume imbalance he’s been experiencing. His high E string just wasn’t cutting through, … Continue reading

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Fender 400 Pedal Steel

This late 60’s- early 70’s Fender 400 comes to us courtesy of our good friend Chris Bowden of Seattle band Other Desert Cities. In addition to being a top-notch musician he’s also a top-notch photographer, so check out his work … Continue reading

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