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30th April 2014

Kits, bodies and necks...ready to go!

Here is a great custom guitar built from one of our custom kits. Shown being played by the guitarist/singer from Linda Martini of Portugal.

Also shown is a lefthanded replacement tele body in Olympic white and rosewood board neck.

The jazz bass body is finished in Lake placid blue and the headstock has been painted to match.

The Tele body is surf green nitro

Custom body, neck, hardware and pickguard kit © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
42nd street vintage build kit, modified cab © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
Linda Martini singer guitarist with his 42nd street custom guitar. blond nitro © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
Replacement tele body and neck, lefthanded olympic white nitro © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
Replacement jazz bass body in lake placid blue with colour matched headstock © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
replacement tele body surf green © 2017 42nd Street Guitars


28th March 2014

More progress on the Myjet

With the neck glued in the back and sides ogf the body and neck were grainfilled walnut, and finished in a satin nitro tint. The front was primed and finished in Dakota red with clear laquer over, to which was added some large metal flake. Decals were aplied to the headstock and we made the see thru perspex pickguard. The guitar is ready for the customer, all set up, ready for him to his own electrics/pots/wiring etc.

double cut carved top myjet  © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
double cut carved top myjet  © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
double cut carved top myjet  © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
double cut carved top myjet  © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
double cut carved top myjet  © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
double cut carved top myjet  © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
double cut carved top myjet  © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
double cut carved top myjet  © 2017 42nd Street Guitars


8th February 2014

Myjet

Once the mahogany was glued up and left to dry, it was then shaped and routed for the controls required as well as chambered to create the semi solid body. The maple was joined, shaped and glued to the top and routed for top binding. It was then hand carved. The neck was shaped and test fitted.

double cut carved top myjet  © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
double cut carved top myjet  © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
double cut carved top myjet  © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
double cut carved top myjet  © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
double cut carved top myjet  © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
double cut carved top myjet  © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
double cut carved top myjet  © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
double cut carved top myjet  © 2017 42nd Street Guitars


19th January 2014

Tiger top The sinner now finished!

A true one off custom order now completed!

The customer has now ordered another custom build from us, this time, using reclaimed brazilian mahogany which used to be an old speaker cab, for the body. We will call this one the MYjet model.

So far we have processed the timber and glued it into a guitar body sized blank.....

The Sinner, tiger striped maple cap © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
The Sinner, tiger striped maple cap © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
reclaimed brazilian mahogany © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
reclaimed brazilian mahogany © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
reclaimed brazilian mahogany © 2017 42nd Street Guitars


8th December 2013

custom build progress

The tiger top The Sinner custom build has now been grainfilled black to enhance the figuring. The neck was very carefully aligned prior to being glued in. The back and sides are painted in a dark chestnut tinted nitro lacquer and the front in see thru orange amber. We had a custom set of headstock decals made to the customers design. Once dry the paintwork will be buffed and polished to a high gloss.

the sinner tiger-top custom build © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
the sinner tiger-top custom build © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
the sinner tiger-top custom build © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
the sinner tiger-top custom build © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
the sinner tiger-top custom build © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
the sinner tiger-top custom build © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
the sinner tiger-top custom build © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
the sinner tiger-top custom build © 2017 42nd Street Guitars


13th November 2013

Beautiful guitars!!!

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11th November 2013

More custom orders

This is based on The Sinner model but has a tiger flame maple front with mahogany back and neck.

We selected some fine timber for this one, planed and glued up before cutting to shape. The customer requested that the neck was to be a little further into the body than normal to eliminate the usual gap between the end of the neck and front pickup.

After routing for the neck, pickups and control cavity we hand carved the bevels to shape.

Once the neck is glued in, we will grainfill with black to enhance the stripes. The finish will be light orange/amber with dark brown back and neck

Flame maple top The sinner custom build © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
Flame maple top The sinner custom build © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
Flame maple top The sinner custom build © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
Flame maple top The sinner custom build © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
Flame maple top The sinner custom build © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
Flame maple top The sinner custom build © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
Flame maple top The sinner custom build © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
Flame maple top The sinner custom build © 2017 42nd Street Guitars


11th November 2013

Carved top custom finished!

Now finished, wired up with push pull coil split Bourns pots and ready for the owner  to add some electronic gizmos! Schaller Hannes bridge and cutaway heel make this a rather special guitar. Finished in striking grey/black flame and set up to perfection.

custom carved top, flame maple nitro © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
custom carved top, flame maple nitro © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
custom carved top, flame maple nitro © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
custom carved top, flame maple nitro © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
custom carved top, flame maple nitro © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
custom carved top, flame maple nitro © 2017 42nd Street Guitars


8th October 2013

Custom orders

The carved top is now nearing completion with all the woodwork finished. We have grain-filled the ash back and stained the top with black water based dye carefully avoiding the edge with is to remain uncoloured to look like a bound edge much like on a PRS. The body is now sealed and ready for translucent black.

carved top custom © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
carved top custom © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
carved top custom © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
carved top custom © 2017 42nd Street Guitars


31st August 2013

more bodies, necks and custom orders....

Replacement body for La cab medium aged black nitro with neck and hardware kit.

We've rolled the fretboard edges and added clay dots to this replacement neck finished in a light tint nitro.

Currently making a carved top offset custom body in swamp ash and highly figured sycamore.

 © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
 © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
 © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
 © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
 © 2017 42nd Street Guitars


24th July 2013

2 more builds completed and available from Vintage and Rare guitars Bath

Just delivered this G cab and The sinner model to Vintage and rare guitars in Bath for you to try and buy.

The G- cab is finished in see thru Gretsch orange and has checkerboard purfling and binding. The Sinner is in heather metallic nitro. Both are our popular "aged not worn"  finish.

G Cab, Gretsch orange nitro © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
G Cab, Gretsch orange nitro © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
G Cab, Gretsch orange nitro © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
The Sinner, aged not worn heather nitro © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
The Sinner, aged not worn heather nitro © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
The Sinner, aged not worn heather nitro © 2017 42nd Street Guitars


24th July 2013

Slab Precision bass replacement body, bound

This was an interesting body to make.....Precision bass slab. Premium swamp ash which we bound in tortoise-shell and added  checked purfling. See thru blond nitro, and tortie pickguard. We supplied it as a complete vintage build kit with Allparts Fender licensed P bass neck which we finished in a light tinted satin nitro and high quality Gotoh hardware.

Precision slab bass body, see thru blonde nitro tortie binding © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
Precision slab bass body, see thru blonde nitro tortie binding © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
Precision slab bass body, see thru blonde nitro tortie binding © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
Precision slab bass body, see thru blonde nitro tortie binding © 2017 42nd Street Guitars


14th May 2013

A customer built kit

This was ordered as a vintage build kit by one of our customers. As you can see he has made an excellent job of assembling it and setting it up for optimum playability.

Alder body in aged but not worn surf green nitro, aged mint pickguard, aged nickel hardware throughout and a tinted maple neck with rosewood board to which we fitted clay dots....Nice work David!

surf green strat © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
surf green strat © 2017 42nd Street Guitars


15th April 2013

G-cab with a twist!

We made this one a bit different, lovely 2 tone green with bound top, snakehead guard and 51 bass control plate.

Just made these 2 strat bodies and finished them in surf green.....the one on the left is sold along with a nitro finished neck,  the other is available and can be aged to taste!

La Cabronita body, snakehead guard G-Cab © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
La Cabronita body, snakehead guard G-Cab © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
La Cabronita body, snakehead guard G-Cab © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
La Cabronita body, snakehead guard G-Cab © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
Replacement body for stratocaster surf green © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
Replacement body for stratocaster surf green © 2017 42nd Street Guitars


7th March 2013

A very special "kit" order

Premium red alder body, double bound and finished in nitro, lake placid blue over black. The customer wanted some medium body wear much like Brian Fallon's Telecaster. Maple Fender licensed neck with rolled fretboard edges and clay dots, we levelled the frets and shaped a bone nut prior to shipping. All our neck, body and hardware kits have the same attention to detail as our fully built instruments. We pride ourselves in being able to offer so much more than painted up bodies and necks. Looking forward to the customer photos of this once built.

Double bound body kit Brian Fallon © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
Double bound body kit Brian Fallon © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
Double bound body kit Brian Fallon © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
Double bound body kit Brian Fallon © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
Double bound body kit Brian Fallon © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
Double bound body kit Brian Fallon © 2017 42nd Street Guitars


7th March 2013

The latest 2 tone G-Cab now finished and SOLD!

We had this idea veering a little more towards a Gretsch flavour for this build!

Using our Alder replacement La Cabronita body and Allparts Fender licensed neck and all nickel aged hardware set , a unique one off guitar.

2 tone green La Cabronita body. G cab model © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
2 tone green La Cabronita body. G cab model © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
2 tone green La Cabronita body. G cab model © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
2 tone green La Cabronita body. G cab model © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
2 tone green La Cabronita body. G cab model © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
2 tone green La Cabronita body. G cab model © 2017 42nd Street Guitars


13th February 2013

Vintage build kits a popular choice!

We've just finished these 2 build kits, one features our replacement La cabronita body with a special snakehead guard and control plate layout, a full aged nickel hardware kit and Allparts Fender licensed neck with a 10" radius board. The customer wanted a lightly aged butterscotch blond finish. Works well with the custom guard.

The 2nd  kit was required as a heavy aged replacement Esquire body along with one piece vintage neck and nickel hardware. He chose a white pickguard for his project.

All that is needed to complete the builds are pickups and electrics.

replacement body neck and hardware for La Cabronita/snakehead © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
replacement body neck and hardware for La Cabronita/snakehead © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
replacement body neck and hardware for La Cabronita/snakehead © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
replacement body neck and hardware for Esquire, heavy relic © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
replacement body neck and hardware for Esquire, heavy relic © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
replacement body neck and hardware for Esquire, heavy relic © 2017 42nd Street Guitars


17th January 2013

2 more builds completed

These 2 newly completed builds are off  to Vintage and Rare for you to try and buy!

TV yellow La Cadette © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
TV yellow La Cadette © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
TV yellow La Cadette © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
Fiesta red S 6 © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
Fiesta red S 6 © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
Fiesta red S 6 © 2017 42nd Street Guitars


17th January 2013

Custom build orders coming in!

We will be starting on these 2 custom ordered kits shortly, an Esquire replacement body, neck and hardware kit in heavily aged butterscotch blond. Also a La Cabronita kit in the same colour.....Progress pics soon



9th January 2013

Builds in progress!

The following builds are now nearing completion and will be with Vintage and Rare in a couple of weeks.

La Cadette in aged TV yellow

Carve-top jr. in classic "aged-not worn" goldtop gold

 series - 6 in faded Fiesta red

G-Cab II in a rather special 2 tone green with bound top, aged not worn.

La cadette in tobacco stained nitro cellulose TV yellow © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
La cadette in tobacco stained nitro cellulose TV yellow © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
series - 6 aged fiesta red © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
series - 6 aged fiesta red © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
Series 6 fiesta red © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
Series 6 loaded pickguard, Bare Knuckle Irish tour © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
G-cab 2, 2 tone Gretsch green nitro © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
G-cab 2, 2 tone Gretsch green nitro © 2017 42nd Street Guitars


13th December 2012

2 More British Masters guitars built and ready to go!

Today we delivered 2 more models to Vintage and Rare, Bath, The Sinner in TV yellow and a Broadway - 6 in Lake Placid Blue over inca silver....Check them out, and more, here.
http://www.vintageandrareguitars.com/guitars/42ndstreetguitars

We have a few more builds underway....Progress pics soon....

The Sinner, TV yellow, Broadway - 6, lake Placid Blue © 2017 42nd Street Guitars
The Sinner, TV yellow, Broadway - 6, lake Placid Blue © 2017 42nd Street Guitars


22nd November 2012

Vintage and Rare London and Bath......approved stockists of 42nd Street "British Masters" guitars.

We are pleased to announce Vintage and Rare Guitars as stockists of our "British Masters" guitars. They currently have some of our models available for you to try and buy. They will have details and pics on their site soon, or contact us directly for what's currently available and specs.



14th November 2012

Bristol Guitar Show

We had some great feedback from the Bristol guitar show visitors regarding the build quality, playability and authenticity of the aging on our guitars, bodies, necks and kits. We took a firm order for a custom build Series-5 model and sold several necks and hardware kits on the day!



10th November 2012

Online shop for bodies, necks, hardware and kits.

The UK's premier luthier suppliers Rothko and Frost are now stocking our finished range of bodies, necks, hardware sets and vintage build kits. To see what's currently available visit their dedicated 42nd street online shop pages here. Worldwide shipping is available along with various payment methods.

Soon they will be adding our custom options in an easy format where you can build up various combinations helping you create your own high quality dream relic guitar.



5th November 2012

42nd Street website relaunched

Great news! The 42nd Street website has just been relaunched...

Take a look around our new website to see our fab new custom-made guitars and kits!