dave farmiloe

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old box repairs

A small departure from the norm, with this very nice victorian box in satinwood, inlaid with tunbridge ware stringing. I was asked if I could fit some new ebony pieces to the edges. Well why not. Back to business. Jimmy Crowley bouzouki repair works are now completed, this included a new sitka top and green fish …

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march madness

It seems the last couple of months have shot past and now low and behold its March. As if to confirm the fact I nearly ran over a hare that shot out into the middle of a local lane. March madness. And its full steam ahead in the workshop as usual; A reissue Les Paul recording; …

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Om guitar

In the design stages is a new version of Gareth Whittocks Om guitar. An inspiring instrument played with deep musicality, great technique and control. The new custom instrument will feature increased scale length for the drone strings. Here is Gareth demonstrating the current Om guitar on Youtube

a new year, a new machine

A happy new year to one and all! On the go, between regular repair and custom jobs are the restoration of a ES175 and the zouk, which I mentioned in an earlier post. This pretty old ES175 had a badly split and damaged side. The option was to either glue, internal patch and make good or to replace the …

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the refret inspector

Refret using Jescar wire to this vintage SG; 3 SG’s through the workshop this month, two with damage to the area around the controls. This nice 1964 SG had a previous repair where a large piece of mahogany had been replaced. Unfortunately the piece of wood chosen was not a good match so I replaced …

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5 string mandolins

I have two nearly finished 5 string mandolins coming up for sale soon. Pretty much everything on these instruments is made here in the workshop…the spec is; Solid swamp ash lightweight body, string through body ferrules Hard rock maple neck with adjustable truss rod Nickel plated 4 bolt neck plate with serial no. Indian rosewood …

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return of the zouk

Here is a bouzouki I made back in 1993 for troubadour Jimmy Crowley in Cork, Ireland. Jimmy’s been getting a fair amount of use out of it over the years and now its back in for a few ‘tweaks’ and a green fish eye inlay. It has a strongly defined sound and a type of …

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a few recent repairs

a few photos of some jobs going through the workshop in august;    

thin twin K161

neck pickup rewind on an interesting ‘old kraftsman’ thin twin 161 guitar  ‘big boss man’  jimmy reed with Kay 161 thin twin

spot the difference

album cover artwork workbench cover art no comments please!