A portfolio of some of Mick’s guitars.
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THE BUDDY HOLLY SERIES
Mick has been commissioned by the Buddy Holly Foundation to build a number of replicas of Buddy’s 1943 J45 to then be presented to some of the biggest stars in music.
To find out more have a look at the specials page.
335 Mini – Mick johnson
It’s really a 254 !
Les Paul – Mick johnson
Firebird – Kevin Twelvetrees
A real rockers guitar.
Solid mahogany body with a bookmatched flamed maple top, step carved like the original.
The neck is honduras mahogany with a solid ebony abalone inlayed fretboard and the headstock is faced with ebony to compliment the fretboard.
Tuning machines are inverted locking gold Spertzels and the pickups are Bareknuckle Mules.
Rock on Kev !
Read what Kev has to say on the testimonials page
Dreadnought – John Wrightson
Guitar made for an old friend John who influenced me a lot when I was a 15 year old guitar wanabee.
John has written some great music, check out his website www.johnwrightsonmusic.co.uk
Classical – Mick Johnson
And here’s another one by Mick and for Mick. This time a nylon strung classical guitar. Construction is rosewood back and sides, spruce top and a cypress neck.
Bruce Welch Guitar
Copy of Bruce’s 59 Strat.
Alder body, one piece birdseye neck with Bruce’s initials at the 12th fret. Fitted with custom wound Bareknuckles pickups.
A great sounding solid Koa Tenor Uke with Waverley tuners.
PBass – Brian Hodgkinson
An early PBass sometimes called a Telecaster Bass due to the headstock shape
Made for Brian Hodgkinson (Matchbox, The Ruttles, Albert Lee Hogans Heroes.
Alder body, flamed maple one piece neck, Seymour Duncan privately wound a noisless vintage pickup for Brian.
See testimonials page for Brian’s comments
Teardrop – Sergio Pizzorno
Made for Serge from Kasabian.
He fancied a copy of Brian Jones’s Vox Teardrop.
Duly made with Alder body, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard.
The neck was profiled however to reflect the contour and feel of Serge’s favourite red Rickenbacker SF.
Check the band out at kasabian.co.uk
Custom – Kieren Irving
A beautifully appointed Johnson Jaguar with Swamp Ash body, birdseye Maple neck and Bareknuckle pick.ups
Custom – Kieren Irving
Kieran checked out most of the guitar shops/suppliers in the south of England and decided he wanted a Johnson custom OOO.
The guitar has solid rosewood back and sides, with a Bearclaw Spruce front. A Honduran Mahogany neck was made using salvaged wood from the Royal Berkshire hospital, where Kieran was born!
Bound ebony fingerboard with Waverley tuners, slotted headstock with Celtic one piece Abalone inlay and Fishman electronics.
Kierans self designed ‘ Japanese script’ initials adorn the 12th fret and the inside of the top was given a cryptic message by Kieran prior to assembly
Custom Bass – Di
A unique bass designed by Di. She wanted a flame look on both headstock and body.
Alder body with a quilted maple handcarved top, maple neck with ebony fretboard, shell inlay position markers.
The Guitar back is ‘scalloped’ to give maximum body comfort when playing.
Bartolini pickup and Schaller bridge
Unusually the bass sports FOUR Hipshot drop D machineheads.
What a monster!
Twin-neck 6-12 – Torstein Fredriksen
Made for Torstein lead guitar with the Norwegian group The Saunters.
Swamp Ash body, one piece maple necks, Shadows red colour.
J45 Cutaway – George Twydell
Made to mirror George’s Les Paul, this J-45 has a very interesting spec:
Gibson style neck with triple abalone crown inlays.
Rosewood body with maple binding.
Spruce top laquered ‘tea-burst’.
Cocobolo rosette with abalone inlay mirrored on the end of the fingerboard. Honduras mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard.
Grover keystone tuners.
Bone nut and saddle and ebony bridge.
Fitted with Fishman Matrix infinity electronics
Selmer Maccaferri – Howard B More
An authentic Selmer Maccaferri made in the old Selmer style.
According to Howard it’s a loud punchy guitar which makes it stand out in the company of other guitars.
See the testimonials page for Howard’s comments
Custom J200 – Rick Bardsley
This wonderful Cutaway J-200 style guitar was custom ordered by Ric Bardsley.
Spruce top, Rosewood back & sides with a Honduras Mahogany neck.
The fingerboard is ebony with an ivoroid binding. Inlays are three piece abalone and pearl crown.
You can read Ric’s appraisal of the process on the testimonials page.
Custom OOO – Charlie Luffrum
This little beauty was crafted for Charlie Luffrum.
The unusual Port Oregon yellow cedar top was a first for Mick. The guitar has rosewood back and sides and a Honduras mahogany neck. Curly koa is used for the bindings which extend to the ebony fingerboard and headstock veneer. Purflings are maple and ebony. Other appointments include mother of pearl diamond inlays, brass bridge pins, Waverley ebony tuners and a Fishman Matrix Infinity pickup. The guitar sounds as good as it looks with a depth of tone that belies the OOO body size.
Travel Parlour Guitar – Charlie Luffrum
Another guitar built for Charlie – this one however has the unique attribute of a detachable neck!
Charlie wanted a guitar he could travel with as hand luggage, and this was the answer.
It’s a parlour sized instrument with Cedar top and Rosewood back and sides, Bloodwood binding and Mahogany neck.
In order to comply with hand luggage dimensions, the guitar has a super-small headstock with Gotoh stealth tuners.
Charlie pictured in Cyprus with the guitar
A fine sounding small bodied guitar modelled on an early Martin design.
Quilted maple back and sides coloured like an early Hofner as part of my nostalgia trip, sitka spruce top, mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard.
Abalone purfling and neck trim.
Slotted headstock with Waverley tuners
Slot Head J-45 – Clive Richardson
The timber for this beauty came from an old bar, evidence of which you can see in some of the photographs. This guitar enjoys a drink – which is just as well as so does Clive!
Clive thought the guitar was a bit of a Pheonix rising from the ashes and he christened the guitar after another famous birdie by the Beatles, Blackbird!
It is of course another absolute cracker in Mick’s ongoing series of J-45 style instruments.
J200 Custom – Mike Pass
A truly handsome beast is this spruce and rosewood J200 – custom built for Mike Pass, who wanted the large bodied guitar without the brightness associated with its customary maple back and sides, and christened Dear Prudence.
So – a spruce top with rosewood back and sides and a neck of Honduras mahogany. Bindings are curly koa, purflings are maple and ebony. The fingerboard is rosewood with a curly koa binding and mother of pearl dot markers. The head-stock has a rosewood facing and is beautifully set off by the Grover Art Deco. ‘Imperial’ machines. The bridge is a rosewood moustache . . . “like my grandmother’s . . .” says Mick!
Th guitar is equipped with an under saddle Fishman Matrix Infinity pickup.
A fabulous package – and Mike is delighted.
J-45 Custom – Pete Lincoln
This beautiful take on Gibson’s J-45 was made for Pete Lincoln.
The guitar has a spruce top finished in a stunning tobacco sunburst and very rare flame mahogany back and sides – left very natural to show off the grain. Ivoroid binding to the body, neck and headstock. Ebony fingerboard, bridge and veneer to front of headstock. Waverley ivoroid butter bean tuners . . .
Pete says – ” I couldn’t be happier – this guitar simply plays and sounds just right. Mick’s absolutely nailed it!”
J-45 Custom Hugh Dunford
And another cracker, this time made in Left Handed form, built for Hugh Dunford.
An absolute beauty, this instrument is made form a matching set of timber identical to Pete’s guitar above, though with the mahogany back and sides finished in a high gloss rich chestnut colour.
Subtly different, with a Gibson-style headstock and position markers, it plays like butter and sounds sublime.
Upon picking up the guitar and playing it for the first tine, Hugh said with a big grin – “This is the guitar I’ve been waiting for all of my life.”
Compliments don’t come much better than that!
Baritone – Charlie Luffrum
This guitar is a monster. Custom built for Charlie Luffrum with a Cedar top, complete with burred Walnut arm bevel and Rosewood back and sides.
The guitar is tuned down a 4th from B to B with octave strings on 3rd and 4th. (Mick thinks it’s a bugger to play!!)
Custom – Steve Valentine
A stunning example of Mick’s Strat builds – this one was made for Steve Valentine and features a swamp ash body capped with a beautifully quilted maple top and a birdseye maple neck.
Pickups are Seymour Duncan Alnico Pro 2 – later replaced with Custom Shop 54s.
The gold hardware adds an extra touch of class.
Arch-top Jazz – Mick Johnson
Mick loves a challenge – something to push the boundaries – and he more or less built this just out of curiosity . . . to see how it would turn out.
Well – to say it turned out rather well would be a gross understatement. It’s a thing of rare beauty and both sounds and plays great.
Every ‘jazzer’ who has played this guitar loves it. There is some doubt however that Mick could be tempted to build another . . . watch this space!
Custom – Detlef Kötter
The neck on this guitar is not for the heavy handed. Mick originally made it at the request of Bruce Welch – hence the ‘BW’ initials at the 12th fret – however the profile proved a tad too slim . . . so it changed hands and went to another chap who likes a slim neck, Andy Scott of The Sweet . . . and it was found lacking that bit of girth, even for him. Detlef, however, loves it – and is delighted to be its final owner.
in his own words . . .
Lieber Mick, als ich auf deiner Website die “Bruce Welch Stratocaster 2003” gesehen hatte, war der Traum geboren, eine genaue Kopie dieser Gitarre zu besitzen. Jetzt, fast ein Jahr später, hat sich dieser Traum erfüllt. Du hast sie für mich gebaut. Und das Sensationelle dabei, du konntest den Hals der “Bruce Welch Stratocaster 2003” dafür verwenden. Den Hals der Gitarre meines großen Vorbilds Bruce Welch mit den Initialen BW. Die Gitarre ist perfekt, die Bespielbarkeit und der Sound sind einzigartig. Es gibt nichts was es zu verbessern gäbe, es ist die beste Gitarre die ich in meinem Leben spielen durfte. Ein großartiges Instrument von einem echten Fachmann und einem außergewöhnlichen Menschen. Danke Mick, das werde ich dir nie vergessen. Dein Freund Detlef
12String – David Cripps
Custom – Pete Lincoln
Fretless Bass – Erik
Custom Bass – Pete Lincoln
Made for a good friend and consummate musician, Pete.
Master musician and nicknamed The Human Jukebox currently touring as a solo artiste and member of Sweet and Frontm3n.
Check Pete out on petelincoln.com
Custom – Tony Liotti
Made completely to Tony’s specifications;
Solid piece of mahogany hollowed out to form the body and capped with flamed maple. Mahogany classical size neck with ebony fingerboard.
Equiped with mini jazz humbucker and undersaddle Fishman pickups.
Each pickup can be selected individually or blended together.
Custom 12 – Peter Renn
A stunning 12string acoustic commissioned by Peter’s wife as a Christmas present.
Selected rosewood back and sides with a master grade sitka top.
Interlocked abalone headstock inlay depicting Peter’s initials.
The guitar has a super pow action and plays like an electric , quoted by Kevin Twelvetrees pictured in the gallery playing the guitar prior to delivering it to the Renn family.