Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A new addition to the Creosote guitar collection

Over the last several years, my friend Brother Ray Lemelin commissioned me to build a series of guitars with a particular design and all with neck wood from a large chunk of wood that he provided me with from a 100 year old telephone pole from British Columbia. God knows where he found this stuff, but the maple is flamed, dark, and has veins of creosote running through it. Thus it was named the Creosote guitar series. The very first one I built was called the Creosote Slide. It was simple. A maple neck, mahogany body, and maple top cap. I transplanted a 1950's Supro lap steel pickup , bridge and controls right into the body. It had banjo tuners and was set up for slide and chording. Ray loved it, and so did his friend and fellow bluesman, Tim Williams.
The next one I built was for Tim and it had some modifications to it per his request. Two vintage Teisco pickups from the '60's, a Bigsby, a roller bridge, and six drop-d Schaller banjo tuners. You can view pictures of it if you go back further on my blog. Tim loved it, still loves it, and has toured with it as his main electric guitar. As a matter of fact, I haven't been able to see it since he was given it over two years ago.
Fast forward to today and I have a brand spankin' new five string bass. My first, and maybe only, bass I've ever built for longtime friend of mine and Ray's, Bob Richardson. Bob has been patiently waiting for his bass for longer than I would care to admit. This year though, Bob must have been VERY good, because Santa brought it for him. Same body idea as the guitars but for a bass. Same woods. A fine set of Hipshot tuners. Bartolini pickups, and an Ultra Deluxe heavy duty bridge. CTS pots, Sprague Orange Drop capacitor and lots of love. Unlike the recent guitar projects I've been doing from some pre-made bodies and necks, this bass was handcrafted from scratch starting with raw blocks of wood. It was worth it, and lots of fun.








Monday, December 06, 2010

New Guitar


I'm on a tele kick...here's a new one. You can see more on my new blog dedicated to my new line of relict guitars,

Monday, October 04, 2010

New Blog

James Fry Guitars announces the beginning of "Relica Guitars". A creative line of aged guitars.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Martin Guitar Factory Trip

I just got back from a trip to the Martin Guitar Factory. Visit my dedicated Martin blog to get the details...



Cheers,

James

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Taylor Guitar Event

Hey folks,

This Saturday, July 31 from 10am-5pm I'll be doing free restrings for Taylor Guitar owners at the Guitarworks newest location, CrossIron Mills Mall. Steve Parr, Taylor Guitars regional manager for Canada will be there from Taylor headquarters in California to be part of the event. If you own a Taylor Guitar and need a new set of Elixer strings put on your Taylor or hadn't had the chance to see the new Guitarworks then come on by, we would love to meet you!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

New Guitar

This is my latest addition. It's a totally simple and straight forward guitar. One pickup, one volume, that's it. It was also my first stab at a relic. For those of you who are wondering what a relic is, it's taking a perfectly fine guitar that's brand new and then beating the crap out of it until it looks old. I know it's crazy, but I can't tell you how good it feels to bang up a guitar when I all I do every day is take every precaution to not put a scratch on one!
Here's the specs:

Musikraft Fat "C" neck, one piece of maple. 9.5" radius with Dunlop 6105 medium frets.
Sperzel custom open gear tuning machines, chrome with pearloid buttons
Two piece light weight alder string through body supplied by Musikraft
Callaham Vintage Hardtail bridge distressed
TV Jones P90 pickup. This pickup is fantastic. It sounds killer through a Vox amp as well as others but that's my preference. It's got some fat tone and it doesn't muddy out when you dig in.
250K CTS control pot
The neck and body I ordered from Musikraft. It's my third time ordering from them and they do a great job. The neck/body joint was super tight and the guitar just rings and sustains like a darn. Everything just came together so well with this guitar and I know that it's the quality of parts that I used that made a huge difference.
Very thin nitrocellulose finish on the body and neck. The neck I used a satin lacquer to give it a worn in feel.












Thursday, February 11, 2010

Change of shop location announcement

Hey folks, I am moving to Guitarworks on Macleod Trail beginning Tuesday, February 16th where I will be doing all of my repairs. You can reach me at 403.216.8525. I'm in Tuesday through Saturday.