June 28, 2019

There has been a lot of talk about a certain large guitar company and their recent threats of lawsuits to, well, everyone. The conversation has gotten kind of out of control and the internet chatter is relentless. We have joked around about it so much on the weekly pod...

April 5, 2019

Repair work is a tricky business and getting good at it should never be done with a customer’s property. Further, and to that end, restorations and modifications should always be done with apprehension as some guitars will increase in value if left alone or go down in...

February 26, 2019

I’ll go ahead and say it… I’m sick of talking about this!

It’s the sort of thing that guitar players geek out about in internet forums. There might not be as much written about this as say… Ford vs. Chevy or 9mm vs. 45 but as you know, these endless (and pointless) de...

January 5, 2019

I think replica guitars have always fascinated me. They must, because there are a number in my bucket list to build.
There are lots of great guitar builders who like to make something that is indistinguishable from the real thing. There are even several famous guitars...

November 27, 2018

I’m sure y’all know the story of the 1959 Appetite For Destruction Les Paul... and how it really isn’t a 1959 Model and really isn’t a Gibson! But one of the most controversial electric guitars, in my minds eye, is the 1958 Gibson Moderne. I’ll spare you the details as...

October 17, 2018

One of the most popular, and misunderstood things we do here at Texas Toast is the fabric covered guitar.

Now, I am not, nor have I ever, claimed to be the first guy who did this. Lots of independent shops and even big companies have used fabric to cover electric guit...

October 3, 2018

The more of these blogs I write the more I learn to edit myself. I don’t want to sit down to the computer and start bitching, though most of these things start out that way. Upon some reflection I realized I was ripping off the King of guitar ranting… the late Ed Roman...

September 25, 2018

If you had to choose 50 tools to get you through the rest of your life as a guitar builder what would they be?
I have thought about this list for a long time and I’m still not 100% sure about all of them. I’m positive that y’all won’t agree with all of my pics so I wan...

September 4, 2018

I can say this because it is my website and I can do whatever I want and because I am pretty sure I have heard it all.
My YouTube videos have given me further insight into what silly stuff people believe. I get comments all the time from viewers telling me how stupid I...

August 15, 2018


As many of you know I have been working with and even rejuvenating my love affair with guitars that had their heyday 30 some years ago. I have even threatened to jump the shark by building a replica of the nipple pink Steve Stevens SS1 Hamer. That should come as no su...

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