Category Archives: Things That Excite Us

Chris’s Christmas Wishlist

Remember when you were a kid and you waited half an hour in line at the mall to sit in some strange bearded man’s lap and told him all your secret desires? Well, you all are going to be the … 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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Remedios The Beauty at Columbia City Theater 9/29!

Not that I intend to use Leading Tone’s blog for my own personal interests, but this is too exciting to keep to myself! If you’re not busy Thursday, September 29th, have I got a suggestion for you! Remedios The Beauty, … Continue reading

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“Take a look and see what just breezed in the door.”

This guy just walked in with his new Craigslist score: A 1982-83 Gibson Challenger I in a beautifully checked Tangerine finish! As the story goes, he traded an Egnater Tweaker head- a very cool amp indeed- for this puppy, and … 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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