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rexterrexter Frets: 123
edited December 2017 in Made in the UK
There are a lot of talented people already known for their finishing skills on the forum so I have held off plugging my services here, but I've done a few deals recently and made a few posts and don't want to feel like I'm sneakily working the Classifieds for business means... Anyway...

I'm now extremely happy to be offering a full finishing/refinishing and custom build service from my workshop outside Norwich, using pro gear and what I believe are the most accurate recreations of vintage Fender custom colours available in the UK.

My speciality is the custom colour metallics of the 1960s – think Sherwood Green, Shoreline Gold, Burgundy Mist etc –  but I can source and spray or even custom mix pretty much any colour you want. 

I shoot for NOS style factory-fresh nitrocellulose finishes, without relicing, all with meticulous preparation for a super smooth mirror gloss finish. I can offer ageing if it's desired but I keep it to a realistic minimum, using the genuine wear on my personal guitars as a reference point. Even my aged finishes are subject to the same exhaustive prep stages, so you won't see any lazy filling/priming jobs with bumps and grain showing.

I have regular stocks of UK-made CNC cut bodies in the popular 'F' shapes and specialise in Jazzmasters, Jaguars, but have a love for all guitars oozing vintage goodness! Prices for these will be starting around £240, with specials listed on ebay and Reverb and forums. I will also have a regular order with Allparts for their great quality necks and have contacts for custom neck builds. If you're in the Norfolk area I can also offer great setups and maintenance on all guitars, Fender offsets again my speciality. 

If you have any work that needs doing or are interested in any of the bodies and necks below, just drop me a message through here. Website and social etc is all in the works, but I've been devoting more time to getting the perfect workspace setup and refining my skills rather than setting up the digital side of things this year, so am a little behind on that!

Refinish jobs start at £150 for a pre-stripped/new body but drop me a message to discuss.
Available for sale after sanding and buffing in a couple of weeks I will have:

Sherwood Green alder Stratocaster body - two piece, 1.8kg, 60s routs and contours - £250
Tahitian Coral over Desert Sand Stratocaster body, 2 piece, 2kg, 60s routs and contours - ready now after final swirl removal - £225
Ocean Turquoise Metallic Tele body, again alder, 3 piece, 2.1kg - 60s style - £250
Lake Placid Blue Tele body, alder, 2 piece (i think, will check), 2.1kg, 60s style - £250
Aged Shoreline Gold Tele body, alder, 1.9kg, 60s style (light ageing) £225
Burgundy Mist Jazzmaster with matching headstock Allparts JZRO neck - £465

I also have fully sealed and primed alder Jazzmaster and Telecaster bodies (one of each) ready for a custom colour of choice, price £225-250 dependant on finish. 

and..

Unfinished alder Strat body, 3 piece, 1.8kg, ready to seal and spray in a custom colour - £225-250
Unfinished top-bound Telecaster body, 2 piece, 2.0kg, ready to seal and spray in a custom colour - £225-250

Necks: I have a few rosewood necks from Allparts in at the moment which I'm just about to start finishing. These can be finished to your spec and supplied with the fret ends dressed for £200 + shipping in the UK. Once I get my drill press back I will be able to install tuners, drill mounting holes etc.

3x TRO-FAT
1x TRO-C
1x TRO
2x JZRO - Jazzmaster

Strat, Jaguar & more Tele and JM necks on order for delivery in December probably.

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  • LebarqueLebarque Frets: 780
    edited November 2017
    @rexter ;Beautiful pictures and work, mate. What's the colour of the light green metallic tele at the front of the pic at the top? I'm guessing maybe aged blue ice metallic? Looks ace.
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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 14030
    I can see you becoming quite popular here
    ;)

    Good to have you with us officially.
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 13156
    Excellent business intro there! And those bodies look really nice!!
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  • revsorgrevsorg Frets: 355
    I get an inexplicable excited feeling when I see this colour.  What is it? image
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 13156
    revsorg said:
    I get an inexplicable excited feeling when I see this colour.  What is it? 
    Blue 

    :D
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  • LebarqueLebarque Frets: 780
    revsorg said: no
    I get an inexplicable excited feeling when I see this colour.  What is it? image
    @revsorg ; Lake Placid Blue
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  • @revsorg ;
    at least you can't say it's lake flaccid blue

    Cracking paint jobs mate!
    www.jacksinstrumentservices.com 
    Anything with strings - preferably with frets!
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  • rexterrexter Frets: 123
    Lebarque said:
    @rexter ;Beautiful pictures and work, mate. What's the colour of the light green metallic tele at the front of the pic at the top? I'm guessing maybe aged blue ice metallic? Looks ace.
    Thanks very much! Been setting things up since late March and now think I have the workspace right for getting some great results... yes, you're right - aged Ice Blue Metallic - instead of using tinted clear over the IBM i actually dropped a few spots of yellow pigment into it. Was hoping to get it a bit more teal green, but I'm happy - that's my own thinline and I'm dying to play it again!
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  • rexterrexter Frets: 123
    I'll try not to spam this thread too much, but here's another Charcoal Frost Metallic Jazzmaster I finished today. The guys at offsetguitars.com cleared me out of this colour in just over a month!

    https://i.imgur.com/CnGlBFs.jpg
    https://i.imgur.com/gThZAuS.jpg

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  • LebarqueLebarque Frets: 780
    Spam way, dear fellow, spam away!
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  • rexterrexter Frets: 123
    Have this Allparts TMO-FAT on ebay at the moment - but need some funds in my account for a large order of pickguards in the works. Can do a forum price of £190 shipped in the UK.

    It's brand new with a lovely subtle vintage tint nitrocellulose finish, sanded and buffed to a smooth gloss and the frets have been dressed at the ends.

    If you've got a spare Telecaster pat pend ashtray bridge I would love to do a partial trade! Need one for my Thinline which is losing the Bigsby when it's back together.










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  • Pity that wasn't rosewood ;) Good luck with everything Jon I'll be in touch when I get my s#it sorted!
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  • rexterrexter Frets: 123
    edited November 2017
    Pity that wasn't rosewood Good luck with everything Jon I'll be in touch when I get my s#it sorted!
    Like these Jim?
    Three chunky rosewood tele necks in this batch, early stages of finishing today.




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  • rexterrexter Frets: 123
    Excited to be working on a Jazzmaster in one of my absolute favourite colours... Ice Blue Metallic, non-aged this time. This will be paired with a nice matching headstock neck and is heading to Germany when it's done. Just two light mist coats of clear after spraying the colour this afternoon. Already looking delicious!







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  • rexterrexter Frets: 123
    edited November 2017
    Something different today - a Shergold six string bass body that I’m finishing in competition orange for a customer from Prague. Two heavy coats of sealer on and it’s showing a cool kind of flame in the wood.





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  • impmannimpmann Frets: 7017
    rexter said:
    Something different today - a Shergold six string bass body that I’m finishing in competition orange for a customer from Prague. Two heavy coats of sealer on and it’s showing a cool kind of flame in the wood.


    https://m.imgur.com/RZyXhf7?r


    NICE!!!!!!!


    Never Ever Bloody Anything Ever.

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  • sawyersawyer Frets: 156
    Lovin all this! Keep it coming man:)
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 13156
    Cor. I've got a custom 51 P bass thinline body on the way that would look great in a sparkly colour.. 

    ..I'd planned to stain it amber and do a tru-oil finish..

    But sparkly... sparkly....
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  • rexterrexter Frets: 123
    Cor. I've got a custom 51 P bass thinline body on the way that would look great in a sparkly colour.. 

    ..I'd planned to stain it amber and do a tru-oil finish..

    But sparkly... sparkly....
    That sounds like a tasty prospect! Would love to help out if it’s crying out for a custom colour metallic, still need to reassemble my own p-bass that I painted burgundy mist a few months back. Drop me a message anytime!
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 13156
    rexter said:
    Cor. I've got a custom 51 P bass thinline body on the way that would look great in a sparkly colour.. 

    ..I'd planned to stain it amber and do a tru-oil finish..

    But sparkly... sparkly....
    That sounds like a tasty prospect! Would love to help out if it’s crying out for a custom colour metallic, still need to reassemble my own p-bass that I painted burgundy mist a few months back. Drop me a message anytime!
    Once I've got it I'll have a look and see what will suit it :)
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  • rexterrexter Frets: 123
    Ok, someone said keep it coming - let me know when I should stop!

    I need to revisit this tomorrow and finish levelling and buffing the sides and back but this thing is already looking so crazily luminous I had to post a (non-glamourous) picture... 1964 Jazzmaster Candy Apple Red (silver basecoat). This one took a lot of time and work so glad to see it working out.



    Also got more clear on the IBM JM (I love acronyms) and the headstock painted and some clear on the neck.




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  • rexterrexter Frets: 123
    Finished the 1964 Jazzmaster today. Starting to like CAR now...



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  • SaszSasz Frets: 5
    Oh my lord. These are just beautiful!
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 13156
    rexter said:
    Cor. I've got a custom 51 P bass thinline body on the way that would look great in a sparkly colour.. 

    ..I'd planned to stain it amber and do a tru-oil finish..

    But sparkly... sparkly....
    That sounds like a tasty prospect! Would love to help out if it’s crying out for a custom colour metallic, still need to reassemble my own p-bass that I painted burgundy mist a few months back. Drop me a message anytime!
    I've had a different idea ;)

    I am going to do the P bass in a stain and tru oil, but.. I now have a Stingray body on the way. And for that one, well.. I really do want a sparkly finish. Fancy doing it? ;)
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  • rexterrexter Frets: 123
    ^^^ By sparkly do you mean metal flake? That can be done but I probably need to create a separate booth for that as those bloody flakes get everywhere! Had to spend about 3 day’s cleaning after last time! But yeah, would love to help!
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  • lonestarlonestar Frets: 1727
    Cracking stuff @rexter ;

    Its great being able to flex your creative muscles :)

    I did a blue metal flake strat in a separate room months ago. I moved it to the drying area about 2 hours later and hung it next to one of my test bodies. The test body ended up with metal sparkles all over it! Horribly messy stuff. For the love of god, use a separate gun too!
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 13156
    rexter said:
    ^^^ By sparkly do you mean metal flake? That can be done but I probably need to create a separate booth for that as those bloody flakes get everywhere! Had to spend about 3 day’s cleaning after last time! But yeah, would love to help!
    Actually I'm not quite sure what I do mean ;)

    I suspect it might be a case of I send you some pics of ideas and you let me know how feasible ;)
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  • rexterrexter Frets: 123
    lonestar said:
    Cracking stuff @rexter ;

    Its great being able to flex your creative muscles :)

    I did a blue metal flake strat in a separate room months ago. I moved it to the drying area about 2 hours later and hung it next to one of my test bodies. The test body ended up with metal sparkles all over it! Horribly messy stuff. For the love of god, use a separate gun too!
    Likewise man thanks! Really loving seeing how your bursts are getting so good! Yeah... the metalflake I shot covered my booth with flake and lost me a LOT of time in cleanup. I use the Fuji HVLP system which is amazing, but somewhat limiting in terms of buying new guns as they're about £250 a pop. Cheapest 3rd party one is about £95 of which I have a couple. Definitely need to quarantine the flake to one, yes!!

    At least it looks pretty, but I still harbour such a grudge against this one that I haven't cleared it yet!



    I've got a couple of personal projects coming up which will have a bound sparkle top which won't be so bad to do. Heavy coat of clear on the top over the basecoat and then 'dry flake' them I think. All in a giant box to catch the mess!


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  • rexterrexter Frets: 123
    rexter said:
    ^^^ By sparkly do you mean metal flake? That can be done but I probably need to create a separate booth for that as those bloody flakes get everywhere! Had to spend about 3 day’s cleaning after last time! But yeah, would love to help!
    Actually I'm not quite sure what I do mean ;)

    I suspect it might be a case of I send you some pics of ideas and you let me know how feasible ;)
    Sounds great  - send them over when you're ready!
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