Bring it back to life.

Here at Foulds Guitars there’s nothing we love more than a good restoration project.

Way back BC (before covid) we were asked to resurrect a very tired and loft damaged 1962 Fender Stratocaster.

Years of expansion and contraction have taken its toll on the finish.

This poor guitar had spent around 30 years neglected in an attic. One of the worst places you can possibly store an instrument. Next to a cold damp garage.

Why is that I hear you say?

We’ll, Guitars are made of wood and metal and covered in varnish and paint, all of which react to changes in temperature and humidity.

Most houses fluctuate in temperature and humidity but nowhere as extremely as the loft space above your house.

Have you ever been in your loft in the height of summer or the depth of winter? If you have them you’ll know just how variable the temperature is. And it can change rapidly.

Flaking paint

Consider the expansion and contraction from hot and humid to cold and frosty for years and years. It plays havoc on the timber and causes metal and electronics to corrode.

Tired frets and cheap replacement machine-heads.

The varnish cracks, flakes and peels and the protection it offers lessons as time goes by. When this 62 came in it was flaking off in places, the paint was over 1.5mm thick as this wasn’t the original paint. When we had a close a look in it had somewhere in the region of 6 layers of historic paint jobs. Revealing the original colour Daphne blue.

Cleaned and rewired scratchplate

So we got to work on it. If actual fact it was a team effort. The Body went off to our Friend Colin Keefe who stripped and re sprayed the body. The neck went to John Hough for a full refret (the originals were so worn and damaged it needed help) And the pick guard and pickups went to Ash at oil city pickups in London for restoration.

All rebuilt and ready for strings and setting up.

When everything finally came back to Foulds guitars (covid -19 played its part in the longer than usual process) it was reassembled by Jason all parts were cleaned, replaced or repaired with original fender parts (some had a little gentle ageing work to stop them looking out of keeping with its age), then finally the original Selmer hard case was restored and after a good stint in the shop got returned to its very happy owner.

All restored and ready to go home.

The reward of seeing an unplayable guitar restored to its former glory is fantastic. Not to mention the smile on the face of the customer.

If you have a restoration project or modification that needs work. Drop in and see us, let’s make your dream a reality.

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