Glamor shots of that stunning Epiphone ES-355 from yesterday, in for a new wiring harness and a setup for 11s. This color (TV Pelham, I think it’s called) is absolutely killing me! What a player, too. #guitar #gibson #epiphone #es335 #es355 #pelham #blue #tv #seattle (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

Glamor shots of that stunning Epiphone ES-355 from yesterday, in for a new wiring harness and a setup for 11s. This color (TV Pelham, I think it’s called) is absolutely killing me! What a player, too. #guitar #gibson #epiphone #es335 #es355 #pelham #blue #tv #seattle (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

And that’s another wiring harness done, this time featuring @mojotone 223 Dijon caps and volume mod/treble bleed networks as well as CTS pots. Installation commencing in 3, 2, 1… #guitar #upgrade #guitartech #epiphone #gibson #wiring #es335 #es355 #seattle  (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

And that’s another wiring harness done, this time featuring @mojotone 223 Dijon caps and volume mod/treble bleed networks as well as CTS pots. Installation commencing in 3, 2, 1… #guitar #upgrade #guitartech #epiphone #gibson #wiring #es335 #es355 #seattle (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

This see-thru Pelham Blue finish on the Epiphone ES-355 I’m working on is one of my favorite new finishes I’ve seen in ages! Can’t stop looking at this one. #guitar #epiphone #gibson #es335 #es355 #upgrade #setup #seattle  (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

This see-thru Pelham Blue finish on the Epiphone ES-355 I’m working on is one of my favorite new finishes I’ve seen in ages! Can’t stop looking at this one. #guitar #epiphone #gibson #es335 #es355 #upgrade #setup #seattle (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

Every time we get a ’50s Harmony Stratotone in the shop, I think to myself, “Self, this is the one you’ll make your own.” And does it ever happen? No. Because I forget that money is a thing and I don’t have it. Poop. Feel free to take this one away from me, for sale on eBay and in-store at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar. #guitar #vintage #vintageguitars #harmony #stratotone #copper #1950s #seattle  (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

Every time we get a ’50s Harmony Stratotone in the shop, I think to myself, “Self, this is the one you’ll make your own.” And does it ever happen? No. Because I forget that money is a thing and I don’t have it. Poop. Feel free to take this one away from me, for sale on eBay and in-store at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar. #guitar #vintage #vintageguitars #harmony #stratotone #copper #1950s #seattle (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

http://reverb.com/item/62055-1965-vintage-fender-jaguar-charcoal-frost-single-owner Beauty, but $$$

If that were a Jazzmaster, I’d be selling everything! -Michael

onwardtothegarden asked: My girlfriend and I plan on moving to Seattle in a few years, and I would like to open my own luthiery business there eventually. Is there a good guitar community there?

There is a HUGE music community, and as such, there are also a lot of instruments that need work. When I first moved here I had the impression that the market was more or less flooded for tech work, but as I’ve found over the last five years, this is not necessarily the case. Yes, there are a lot of guitar shops, but Seattle seems to favor smaller businesses that have their own style. Since I specialize so heavily in things like Fender Offsets and the like, we have our place carved out for ourselves rather well.

I would say, if you’re building guitars, build something unique. Sure, you’ll probably sell a few guitars if you’re making Strat copies, but many people here are really after something that looks or sounds different than what you can just pull off the shelf. Does that make any sense? I hope so.

You be you and Seattle will love you for it. And when you arrive, visit the shop and have a drink. We’d love to talk shop.

joshuakg asked: Hey guys! So I'm getting my first bass this week (p bass), anything I should know setup/maintenance wise? I've done guitar setups many times but never bass before

It’s all of the same concepts, so use what you know and go for it!

ramjambamalam asked: I'm planning on taking a single-knob tremolo pedal and housing it in a wah enclosure so I can control the rate with my foot. Will this be as easy as I imagine it to be? As long as the circuit board fits and I'm prepared to resolder any wires that need to be lengthened.

I think you should be good! I can’t think of anything that would bite you in the ass, but work carefully and you should be good.

To be sure, this is a mod I’ve always wanted to do! It’s fantastic.

chrisold asked: I'm very excited to see the finished backline! Can you post a list of everything required for the blue strat please?

I’ll be doing a full-on post for each of the instruments soon enough, wherein we will make lists of all of the ‘proper’ parts to make spot-on recreations.

Keep your eyes peeled!

chrisold asked: That rivers tribute strat is the raddest thing I have ever seen!

ahhhhhhhhhh thank you so much! I am endlessly excited about that guitar, and I put in about 20+ hours into research and 15 more into finding parts, ordering, plus fretwork and all of that. So good.

Just wait until the Matt Sharp and Brian Bell guitars are ready! Not to mention my mock 8x10…

Phase one of my Rivers Cuomo tribute Strat is complete! Now that it’s fully assembled, I couldn’t be happier with its loud, lovely personality; the pickups both sound exactly as I’d hoped, giving me plenty of crunch and grind for my needs. Additionally, that bridge is a massive, beastly piece of hardware that makes the guitar acoustically brilliant and gives distorted notes a lot of heft, particularly filling out the low end. All I need now is a Black Ice… All in all, I’m thrilled with this thing, aside from the paint, which seems to flake off in places without any hesitance. I’ll be covering it in electrical tape soon enough, so I’m not too worried about it. (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

Phase one of my Rivers Cuomo tribute Strat is complete! Now that it’s fully assembled, I couldn’t be happier with its loud, lovely personality; the pickups both sound exactly as I’d hoped, giving me plenty of crunch and grind for my needs. Additionally, that bridge is a massive, beastly piece of hardware that makes the guitar acoustically brilliant and gives distorted notes a lot of heft, particularly filling out the low end. All I need now is a Black Ice… All in all, I’m thrilled with this thing, aside from the paint, which seems to flake off in places without any hesitance. I’ll be covering it in electrical tape soon enough, so I’m not too worried about it. (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

A little Easter Sunday pickguard making. One Elvis and an old, scratched-up Johnny Cash. Mmm hmmm. #guitar #pickguard #vinyl #record #tele #fender #recycled #DIY #handmade

A little Easter Sunday pickguard making. One Elvis and an old, scratched-up Johnny Cash. Mmm hmmm. #guitar #pickguard #vinyl #record #tele #fender #recycled #DIY #handmade

sinkingfastintotheabiss asked: hey mike, what is the cheapest way to ship guitars and amps. I moved from Vegas to st louis, just for a change of scenery, and the only regret was, i didn't bring any of my gear with me. I wasn't planning on staying long, my parents have my gear at the moment. I'm just trying to figure out a cheap reliable way to ship it.

To be honest, I wouldn’t worry so much about cheap shipping, since your main goal should be to have your gear arrive safely. Always insure, always overpack. Our shop has its own FedEx account, and most of the time I can ship an instrument to myself from whereever I am for around $70.

claramydear asked: I'm looking to buy a MIJ/CIJ Fender soon and I have in mind a Jaguar or a Jazzmaster (that JM-66B with block inlays and matching headstock in particular). Which one would you pick and why?

I’d tell you to go with which every guitar feels better, since that’s the biggest difference between the two models. The Jazzmaster with its 25.5” scale feels vastly different from its 24” counterpart.

Whichever model you choose, budget some extra money for swapping pickups. It’s of utmost importance with the Jazzmaster as the pickups on Japanese guitars aren’t even real Jazzmaster pickups, so you’re not getting the right sound to begin with. The Jaguars at least sound closer, but both guitars are known for having cheap pickups in general.

As always, Lollar, Novak, The Creamery and Duncan Antiquities are our recommendations.

Someone brought feathers to #Easter and I jumped at the chance. #guitar #fender #jazzmaster #offsetguitars #feathers (at Sanctuary Church)

Someone brought feathers to #Easter and I jumped at the chance. #guitar #fender #jazzmaster #offsetguitars #feathers (at Sanctuary Church)