Welcome to Wilkes guitars
Wilkes Guitars is a small business which I run from home, building bespoke instruments and carrying out repairs on acoustic and electric instruments from violins to double basses. I pride myself in providing a bespoke service that is second to none. No job is too small, or too big.
Doug Builds a beast of a Flying V for the band Breed 77
To see a video of the Flying V, either click the image about or click here - Breed 77 Flying V
If you have a vision of an instrument you want me to build, whether it is something as relatively straightforward as a 6 string bass, a twin neck like this one, or as outlandish as a violin or guitar made in the shape of your initials such as the one I made for Robbie Williams, I can build it....!
I also provide instrument servicing such as guitar / bass set ups, including checking and setting the intonation, restringing and stoning of frets to name but a few of my many services.
Maybe your instrument has had an accident and you think it is beyond repair, think again..! I have restored many ‘hopeless cases’ back to their former glory. You would be surprised how many guitars that have been stood on, crushed, or had the neck snapped, that I have invisibly repaired to the delight of the customer. Click here to watch a video of my progress in repairing a 1930s Maccaferri acoustic guitar.
I pride myself on the quality of my spraying, where a minimum of 20 coats of paint and lacquer – all sanded down and flattened between coats - ensures the hardest wearing and highest lustre finish.
I have a small personal workshop and my main concern is attention to detail which is most impoortant to me, and that is what I provide. If you have any queries about repairs, rebuilds or new builds, I would be only too happy to talk through any concerns or ideas you may have and try to resolve them. I can be contacted after 12pm from Mon - Fri.