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The following features come as standard on all electric guitars:
630mm scale length
Choice of timber
Choice of one or two pickups
Double action truss rod and key
Hiscox hard case
Da Vinci schaller tuners
Nitrocellulose finish (choice of finishes)
Limited lifetime warranty to original owner. Click here for more information.
Choosing a timber is all about what looks great, combined with the effect it will have on the sound of the guitar. I offer comprehensive advice on suitable timbers for your instrument. The following choice of woods are available. However stock is always growing so there may be other timbers available upon request.
The wood used for body of your guitar adds colouration to the amplified sound of the guitar in a way that is less obvious than with acoustic instruments, yet still significant. Although it is probably the pickup that most greatly charcterises the sound of the guitar, good quality timber will provide more harmonic content. The weight of the finished instrument is dependant on the density of the hardwood selected.
Only the finest-quality quartersawn timber is used for the neck of your instrument to ensure maximum stability. Denser timbers such as maple help to reflect sound vibrations back into the body of the instrument. Whereas softer woods such as cedar are lighter.
Wenge (centre splice for three-piece necks)
Other options available
Colour and contrast are the main points to consider for the binding of your guitar. Rosewood or even darker ebony can be used to draw a border and lead the eye around the curves of the body. They work especially well with lighter woods such as maple or cherry. Maple on the other hand can elegantly stand out with walnut or rosewood oftening exhibit interesting figure patterns. There are also many other options beyond the typical tonewoods too, such as snakewood, bloodwood and purpleheart.
The headstock veneer reinforces the neck join in all my guitars. Thin veneers can be used well as using ebony or roswood as a single plate of wood in order to create the effect of purfling lines, or to make use of especially beautiful burr veneers such as madrona or elm.
All pickups are handmade by local pickup maker David Fliski (Heavy Air pickups), with whom I work closely, and fitted to my electric guitars as standard. Guitars may be fitted with a choice of one or two pickups. Pairs of pickups are voiced especially for your guitar allowing any combination:
A third pickup can also be added as an optional extra (see below). A multitude of wiring options are available.
Personalise your instrument with unique features ranging from side soundport monitoring to bespoke inlays.
ABG Electric Guitar - £2200
Third pickup - +£200
Bound fingerboard - +£105
Body contouring - from +£70
Three piece neck - +£90
Five piece neck - +£140
Carved top - +£280
Custom inlay work - from +£80
Bigsby tremolo - +190
Please use the enquiry form to select your preferences to express your interest in commissioning a new instrument. For extra inspiration check out the featured guitars page. Feel free to call or email to discuss your preferences in more detail.
Where are you based?
I spend most of my week building guitars at my workshop in Bristol, UK.
I'm thinking about buying an Alex Bishop guitar, but I'd like to try one first. Is this possible?
It depends - my output is very small (about 6 guitars per year) and if I have been building on commission then it is possible that those instruments are in the hands of the players who bought them. However, occasionally I build guitars alongside other projects that are destined for shops, and sometimes these instruments are in the workshop for some time, so it's worth asking and popping down to the workshop.
How long does it take you to build a guitar?
Once I start it's about 3-6 months before the instrument is completed. A lot of that time is waiting for glues and lacquers or polish to dry. It's very approximately 120 hours worth of work in all.
Do you make left-handed guitars?
Yes, all my guitar models are available left handed at no extra cost.
How do I order?
You can order a guitar from me via email, over the telephone, or in person by making an appointment to come to the workshop in Wiltshire. Some instruments may be available through a dealer, and where applicable this will be indicated on the For Sale page.
Do I need to pay a deposit? When do I pay the balance?
For commissions, normally a conversation takes place regarding what the customer would like, followed by a quote for the work if necessary. If that quote is accepted a 20% down payment is required for work to begin. 40% of the cost of the instrument is payable once the instrument is completed 'in the white' (i.e. before polishing or lacquering) and the remaining balance is payable upon completion, before the instrument is collected or delivered.
How can I pay for my guitar?
I accept Visa, MasterCard, Amex, PayPal (with added 5% surcharge), BACS transfer, cheque or cash.
When does work on the guitar begin?
It depends - at my busiest times there has been a 1 year waiting list, and occasionally there is no waiting time, and work begins as soon as the deposit has been accepted.
What is covered by the warranty on a new guitar?
Every guitar sold is covered by a limited lifetime warranty to the original owner, which includes 'bronze' level set up work, and any possible (though unlikely) manufacturing defects. Installation of alternative 'like-for-like' pickups or hardware at a later date is free of charge, not including the cost of the pickup.
The warranty does not include damage caused by humidity or temperature where the instrument has been incorrectly stored. Your guitar should be stored in an atmosphere of 40-60% relative humidity, inside the Hiscox case provided. Dry environments (below 40%) should be especially avoided.