WE HAVE MOVED FROM OUR LOCATION ON BEAVER STREET. DETAILS BELOW. This post provides info about what Custom Sound has done in response to the covid pandemic. We now operate by appointment only! My new office location is only a few blocks from the old store. • NEW PROTOCOLS & BUSINESS CONDUCT- If you can't make it up the stairs, just let me … [Read more...] about RESPONSE & TRANSITION
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Dealers for TV Jones Pickups!
Announcement: HALF OFF INSTALLATION: read below* We are now dealers for the renowned TV Jones pickup company! TV Jones is known for their specific tone, classic and often retro voiced humbuckers and single coils. They offer a variety of sizes to fit anything from Gretsch to Gibson, and single coils in between. If you need to mod … [Read more...] about Dealers for TV Jones Pickups!
Custom Sound in the News
Check out this article about the shop published in the AZ Daily Sun last Sunday, September 21st. Learn more about our history and our founding. --- Thank you Suzanne and Taylor, for a great article. --- … [Read more...] about Custom Sound in the News
Puzzle Solved on a Vintage Martin F-1
First, a quick history lesson. Allow me to introduce you to the infamous Martin F-1, an hollow-body jazz box briefly made by the C.F. Martin company from 1940 - 1942, at the tail end of Martin's foray into archtop guitars. The F-1 and other archtop models by Martin weren't able to compete with the more popular jazz boxes made by Gibson, Epiphone … [Read more...] about Puzzle Solved on a Vintage Martin F-1
Gibson J-45… continued
This is a continuation from Part I, which can be found here. After the new bridge plate was glued, it was time to reattach the top and install new binding. After prepping the edges of the top and the sides to meet up once again, I decided to do … [Read more...] about Gibson J-45… continued
Gibson J-45 Reconstruction
Notice anything strange? This was a very interesting project. Some time ago a customer came through Flagstaff on vacation with his family and we got to talking about a can of worms he recently opened. He had come across a messed up 1970's square shoulder Gibson J-45 that needed work. Being the engineering type, he thought it would be a … [Read more...] about Gibson J-45 Reconstruction
It’s Dry (again)
I just realized how dry it's getting after checking on some plants and flowers I'm taking care of-- and almost killing some of them! It hasn't rained in how many days?... and the high desert is dry again. So, just a reminder after all that beautiful rain and perfect guitar humidity for weeks and weeks... it's now dry again! Make sure you are … [Read more...] about It’s Dry (again)
A Formidable Challenge on a Taylor 814c This all started when a customer in Sedona emailed me out of the blue. He included an eBay link and asked my opinion, "Is this fixable?" He wanted to buy this guitar, but only if it could be restored-- and he needed a fairly solid quote to gauge whether or not this was a good investment. … [Read more...] about Side Reconstruction