Friday, September 13, 2013

Working from home

I've been working from home for a little over a year now. If you need repairs done I'm in Charleswood.....Roblin and Perimeter area. The old store number 204 783 2542 is my mobile number now. The email address still works and will for  few more years. is my new email address, is essentially a guitar repair blog.


John Sharples

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Rita MacNeil

Rita MacNeil "if you have a dream, don't waste your time"

I did some work for her bass player and some of the artists that were on her show. I met her through these people and wished I'd had the opportunity to meet her in person. She toured relentlessly (played the Horseshoe Tavern ) and won many awards, her show hosted a remarkably diverse cast of guest artists, she did a guest appearance on Trailer Park Boys, (I love that) Farewell Rita MacNeil.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Creative clamping 101

Sometimes you need very specific clamping pressure. This needed to be clamped from 3 directions. There are 2 small carbon fiber rods acting like a go bar inside the guitar holding a 3" piece of kerfing in place while the modified violin clamp and the spool clamp push back and down.

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Danelectro head stock restoration

I had a Dbl Neck Danelectro come in needing new machine heads and a logo. The water decal ordered from the internet was problematic and not authentic. Danelectro silk screened their logo. After a few hours of research, several Youtube videos and a trip to the local art store and a print shop..... I got a screen made, did a couple practice runs and the headstocks were relogoed.


Thursday, April 04, 2013

MacWiesen neck

Bolt on neck with tilt adjustment

Headstock roughed in 

The back of the headstock will be covered in walnut

Tuesday, April 02, 2013


I've decided it's going to have 6 strings, the first 2 will be double courses. Could be tuned D,G,B,E or G, D, A,E.  I'm thinking black with white binding and a snake head stock.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Can this be fixed?

This guitar came in with a broken bridge plate, loose and fractured braces and of course a lifting bridge that included a portion of the top. Time was spent staring at it, pulling it out of the case, putting it back in again.....

Ignoring the overall damage, fixing it, one problem at a time, it came together. The structural issues were resolved and the top flattened. It plays well and is a nice sounding guitar.