mick johnson guitars

changing the world, one guitar at a time…







A selection of guitar repairs and refinishes. If you're of a sensitive disposition some of the photographs may make you wince . . .
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Headstock replacement for Adam's Framus

When Adam Baker brought his beloved old Framus to Mick it was without its original headstock. The replacement was crudely screwed in place and the screws had started to come through the fingerboard.

Mick made a replica of the original headstock which was grafted on to the neck by stripping it back to expose the truss rod.

To complete the illusion, Mick even added some dings and distress to the lacquer.

Major surgery!

Click on the image to reveal a step by step gallery of the repair.
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Lakland Bass - Total rebuild . . .


Definitely not one for the squeamish!

Rick Graham brought this casualty of the road to Mick to see if anything could be done to save it.

Be amazed by the transformation! . . .
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Headstock repair to Epiphone

Headstock totally snapped off but not for long . . .

Click on the image to reveal a step by step gallery of the repair.
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Hofner Verithin Refurbishment

Mick completely restored this '60s classic to its former glory. Check out the before and after shots in the gallery
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Kasabian Firebird Bass

This Gibson Firebird bass was completely destroyed on a Kasabian tour of the USA.

Mick does tons of work for the band and in this case completely rebuilt and refinished the instrument.

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Parlour Restoration

When Vaughan brought this pretty little Parlour guitar to Mick, the neck was split, bowed and warped with no truss rod, the rosette inlay was shattered, binding was missing and the headstock was broken!

So - remove old finger board and install truss rod, make new ebony fingerboard with new inlays and fit, repair rosette with lacquer and mother of pearl inlays, repair broken headstock and fit Waverley tuners, make new 'pyramid' bridge and fit and Bob's yer Monkhouse!

Check out the gallery for the sequence of before and after shots.
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Lowden Classical Model


Severe headstock damage to this Lowden beautifully repaired.

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Taylor 12 String

This Taylor had received damage to the top in the form of a large hole on the lower bout.

Mick made and fitted a splice as shown in the photos.

The owner then decided to have Mick enhance the repair further by adding the butterfly inlay.