Jazzaxe 2003

In 2003, I embarked on a journey to create my very first custom-built guitar, which I proudly named the Jazzaxe. Drawing inspiration from the iconic offset models of the sixties, the Jazzaxe exudes a vintage charm with a modern twist. Its design is both visually striking and ergonomically pleasing, making it a standout piece.

The Jazzaxe is not just about looks; its sound is truly exceptional. The guitar produces a rich, versatile tone that is both unique and captivating. At its core are two high-quality humbuckers: a Kloppmann at the bridge and a Mojotone at the neck, offering a perfect blend of warmth and clarity. Additionally, a Dummy-Single-Coil-Pickup is ingeniously installed in the electronics cavity, adding another layer to its sonic palette.

One of the standout features of the Jazzaxe is the ability to split the neck pickup via the CTS One Meg volume pot, providing an impressive range of tones from a single instrument. This feature allows for seamless transitions between full humbucker power and the crisp, clean sound of a single coil.

Enhancing its superior playability and sustain, the Jazzaxe features Sperzel Locking Tuner, a through-neck construction and a one-piece ABM Bridge. This design choice ensures maximum resonance and stability, making every note you play richer and more defined.

Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, the Jazzaxe is a testament to both its aesthetic and auditory excellence. Whether you are playing smooth jazz, gritty blues, or high-energy rock, this guitar delivers with precision and style. The Jazzaxe is more than just an instrument; it’s a masterpiece that invites you to explore new musical horizons.

New Specs for Mary Goore

The Mary Goore Guitar was already a sensational sounding guitar. But do you know that feeling that the last bit of excellence is still missing? So here’s a new experiment: the ’62 neck instead of the Scheuer neck, the ’70 pickguard with ST62 pickups from Kloppmann with a Custom circuit (270 kohm Volume Poti & No-Tone-Mod for the Neck-Pickup) instead of the ’54 pickguard with Mojotone pickups. I am very impressed with the result. Only the look of the body is still too shiny, too less distressed. Let’s see what else I can do.

Blackbird refret

I was fascinated by the Blackbird right from the start. On the one hand, the playing traces testify to the fact that this guitar has been intensively worked on musically for decades and, on the other hand, that this is a Black Over Sunburst version. But especially the sound and the way this guitar can be played are proof that seventies Stratocasters aren’t all bad. At the beginning there was still the idea of selling the guitar again after the reworking, but it is clear that this horse is staying in the stable. To ensure that the guitar is fully operational again for the next few years, it needs a new fret job. A good guy from Delmenhorst has taken on this task and will refret the neck of the Blackbird. I’m already looking forward to the result.

Fender Stratocaster 1966 Restoration

Following its restoration, the body is now being refinished by Matthias von Bassart. Until then, the rest will be extensively tested with my 62 body. Kloppmann has rewired the pickguard and rewound a pickup to match the two other original pickups. An absolute dream guitar and perfect in every respect. A sensational sounding Stratocaster for players!

Fender Stratocaster 1966 Restoration

Frank and Dirk, the guitar bros, revive a heap of antique and matching guitarparts wreckage. The previous possessor had extensively tampered with this gorgeous ’66 Stratocaster over time, temporarily reconstructing the body into a left-handed guitar resembling a PRS.

# The neck is visually perfect, maybe even “outstanding perfect.” That’s how it should look. (11/10)
# The decal is original. (10/10)
# The tuners are not original, but visually contemporary and of decent quality. Could be replaced with originals without damage. (7/10)
# The tuner holes are not enlarged. (10/10)
# The string retainer is original. (10/10)
# The nut is still usable but could be replaced. (7/10)
# The truss rod works. (10/10)
# The neck attachment screw holes are not stripped. (9.5/10)
# The neck plate is original. (10/10)
# The screws are original. (10/10)
# The frets are quite worn but still functional. (6/10)
# The tremolo is original, although without the arm (8/10)
# The tremolo arm is new (3/10)
# The strap buttons are no longer present (0/10)
# The pickguard is possibly original, although I doubt it because there’s a missing cutout. It’s also trimmed and visually questionable. I would replace this with a contemporary pickguard with accessories and include the supposed original in the case. (4/10)
# All other plastic parts are either not present or not original (3/10)
# The pickguard screws are not original but old (6/10)
# The neck pickup is original (10/10)
# The cover seems original. (8/10)
# The middle pickup is original (10/10)
# The cover seems original. (8/10)
# Bridge pickup is not present (0/10).
# Kloppmann needs to work on this and wind a new pickup (6/10)
# Two of the three pots are probably original. (6.6/10)
# The volume pot is 270 kOhm! (10/10)
# The cables are partially original. (6/10)
# The jackplate is not original, neither is the jack socket. (4/10)
# One capacitor is original. (10/10).
# The other capacitor can be replaced (6/10).
# All parts are functional (10/10)!