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Hi All!

Just wanted to set up a thread to showcase my hand made vintage spec builds to anyone who may be interested.

I will be posting a few pics each time I complete an instrument, full pics, info and specs are always available over on my website also.

First off is a couple of S types.. a fiesta red '63 spec, and a sonic blue '62 spec... enjoy!

Thanks!
M.B.


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M.B. Guitars

www.mbguitars.co.uk

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  • I’m pretty sure that posting porn is not allowed here.... 

    (Amazing work, have a wow!)
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  • Nice work :)

    Also...moved to the Made in the UK section :)
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  • These look amazing. Sent you a pm! 
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  • Nice work :)

    Also...moved to the Made in the UK section :)
    Thank you! :)


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    www.mbguitars.co.uk

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  • MikeBowesMikeBowes Frets: 105
    edited December 2020
    A pair of recently made double bound T types.. a '59 sunburst and a '62 spec lefty blonde with black binding, Tuxedo style. 

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  • Phwoar those teles look great. Loving the tuxedo style blonde. 
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  • dangriffithsdangriffiths Frets: 439
    The lefty is mine and it is a cracking guitar - really pleased and am going ahead with something else with Mike too this year.
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  • grappagreengrappagreen Frets: 881
    That '59 Sunburst... wow..
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  • FuengiFuengi Frets: 2542
    That's better!



    Lovely work Mike. 
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  • MikeBowesMikeBowes Frets: 105
    Latest build.. a '59 spec hardtail 'S' in Blonde!

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  • *Aaron**Aaron* Frets: 26
    Those guitars look great. Love the hardtail strat
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  • MikeBowesMikeBowes Frets: 105
    Latest build heading out the workshop door soon! A lightly worn '55-S Hardtail in blonde.. Master grade quarter sawn flame maple neck, 9.5" radius and 6150 frets, chunky vintage C neck profile, two piece lightweight swamp ash body, super deep 50's body cuts and contours, super thin nitro finish, bakelite covers and knobs (with correct size text and numbers). A very cool guitar!


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    M.B. Guitars

    www.mbguitars.co.uk

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  • Magnificent!
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  • rlwrlw Frets: 3014
    Good grief.  There's two in there that I really like - and I hate relics :)

    Save a cow.  Eat a vegetarian.
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  • MikeBowesMikeBowes Frets: 105
    Latest build is finished, a '63-S in aged lake placid blue. Flame maple neck with vintage correct curved/veneer dark vintage reclaimed rosewood board, clay dots with correct narrow spacing at the 12th fret, exact vintage retro tremolo with Callaham saddles, Radioshop 60's pickups, all vintage correct wiring components loaded to a real NOS nitrate guard with wide beveled edge. A super cool guitar!!










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    M.B. Guitars

    www.mbguitars.co.uk

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  • MikeBowesMikeBowes Frets: 105
    Hi all, one for all the offset fans out there.. a left handed '59-JM style in aged cadillac green, the second guitar I have made for @dangriffiths ;

    This one has a qtr sawn master grade flame maple neck with my vintage reclaimed rosewood slab fingerboard with clay dots, 9.5" radius, 6105s and a vintage C profile, the body shape and contours are a direct copy of my original '59 Jazzmaster, Gotoh machine heads, Lollar pickups, left handed taper pots with correct reverse numbering on the knobs, Mastery bridge and tailpiece (incredible!), rare 9 hole vintage celluloid tortoiseshell guard with a wide bevelled edge all kitted out with vintage spec wiring and fully shielded.

    A very very cool guitar, feels and plays like butter and sounds fantastic!

    (Pics were taken before the guitar was set up so pickup height, intonation etc was set after)


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  • MikeBowesMikeBowes Frets: 105
    A few recent hand made vintage replica builds heading out soon.. a '62-S in olympic white and a '55-S hardtail in blonde with gold guard. Full spec and more pics over on my instagram page as always. 

    Thanks!
    M.B.

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    M.B. Guitars

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  • MikeBowesMikeBowes Frets: 105
    ..and a group shot showing the above two S types plus another '62-S in aged Lake placid Blue.


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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 10969
    This will sound weird, but they really are exceptionally curvy.  It's very noticeable.  No hard edges anywhere.
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  • MikeBowesMikeBowes Frets: 105
    Philly_Q said:
    This will sound weird, but they really are exceptionally curvy.  It's very noticeable.  No hard edges anywhere.
    Im glad you noticed, I spend a huge amount of time shaping my bodies, making sure all the contours are super deep and nicely rounded so they flow consistently, it really adds to the look and is something you don't see often on vintage replicas. I posted some pics on my Instagram recently of an S type body that I had just sealed after sanding and it really highlights how curvy and rounded it is. If you get a chance go and have a look. 

    M.B.


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