Steven M. Whitmore

 

Shaper of Wood ~ Student of Guitar and Music ~ Teller of Stories

Guitars are Cool......

A few years ago, my hands started suffering the effects of a helicopter incident and trauma to my wrists. My Physician suggested I learn a musical instrument. My life changed. I found a good Teacher, and have been studying ever since.

Playing never stops challenging. The instruments themselves are art, history, aesthetics and performance. Like a racing bike, form and function. There is a guitar for every job, and a good guitar does several jobs well. Seems like players are like that too.

Of course, part of my learning process is to take a perfectly good thing and tear it apart to understand it and try and make it better for me. Pay attention, this might be fun to watch as learn the hard way.

Fender Blacktop Telecaster with Re-Issued Wide Range Pickups
Fender Blacktop Telecaster with Re-Issued Wide Range Pickups

A 2012 Fender Blacktop Telecaster with Fender Wide Ranger Re-Issue Pickups.

Fender Blacktop Telecaster with Re-Issued Wide Range Pickups
Fender Blacktop Telecaster with Re-Issued Wide Range Pickups

The starting point. The stock guitar and a complete pick guard assembly for a 1972 Fender Thinline Re-Issue.

Fender Blacktop Telecaster with Re-Issued Wide Range Pickups
Fender Blacktop Telecaster with Re-Issued Wide Range Pickups

The Pots.....

Fender Blacktop Telecaster with Re-Issued Wide Range Pickups
Fender Blacktop Telecaster with Re-Issued Wide Range Pickups

A 2012 Fender Blacktop Telecaster with Fender Wide Ranger Re-Issue Pickups.

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Fender Stratocaster Rebuild 2018
Fender Stratocaster Rebuild 2018

Standard Fender Stratocaster with Fender Custom Shop '69 Pickups.

Fender Stratocaster Rebuild 2018
Fender Stratocaster Rebuild 2018

The installation of the new pickups was done with the objective of a clean install and professional appearance.

Fender Stratocaster Rebuild
Fender Stratocaster Rebuild

The Strat as it looked when we started.

Fender Stratocaster Rebuild 2018
Fender Stratocaster Rebuild 2018

Standard Fender Stratocaster with Fender Custom Shop '69 Pickups.

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Epiphone Les Paul Plus Top
Epiphone Les Paul Plus Top

Upgrading an Epiphone Plus Top to a Plus Top Pro

Epiphone Les Paul Plus Top
Epiphone Les Paul Plus Top

Epiphone Les Paul Plus Top upgrade to ProBucker Two Pickups and Coil Splitting.

Epiphone Les Paul Plus Top
Epiphone Les Paul Plus Top

Epiphone Les Paul Plus Top
Epiphone Les Paul Plus Top

Upgrading an Epiphone Plus Top to a Plus Top Pro

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