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One of the biggest contributors to the sound of your guitar is the pickups - our preferred pickup brand is Monty’s, although there are a multitude of great pickup builders doing excellent work out there.

- Monty’s Retro Wind Jazzmasters
- Monty’s Retro Wind P90s
- Monty’s Retro Wind Firebirds
- Monty’s PAF Humbuckers


Choosing the right wood for your body and neck can heavily shape not only the tone, but also the feel and look of your instrument. There are plenty of comprehensive guides online, such as this one.


The neck is where most of your interaction with your instrument happens, and each of our necks is hand carved, shaped and sanded to your preference. We love to take the finish on the back of the neck down for a super smooth, fast playing guitar.

A good rough guide to material choices here


We often use ebony boards, and hold a stock of exotic ebony if you’d like a unique grain pattern on your board. Rosewood is also a great choice for a classic, softer feel. Fingerboard and fret ends will be rolled and rounded for a vintage, unhindered playing feel. Our preferred fretwire is Evo Gold, which falls somewhere between nickel and stainless steel in terms of hardness. We love the feel and look of it. Lots of info on fret materials here


Choosing the right bridge is integral to your build. Whether you choose the unrivalled accuracy and tuning stability of a Mastery vibrato kit, the classic feel of a Bigsby or a more solid option like a tune-o-matic or wraparound bridge, the bridge plays a massive part in the character of your instrument.

A good general guide to bridge types here