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Sales: parts and tools

I can supply a full range of necks, bodies, pickups, machines, scratchplates and other parts to order from companies like WD Music Products, Warmoth Guitar Products and USA Custom Guitars. I also deal with specialists in vintage parts. I am happy to fit parts you've bought if you prefer to acquire them directly.

I regularly order from leading luthiers' suppliers like Stewart-MacDonald and Luthier's Mercantile and can supply tools and equipment for guitar-making projects at competitive prices.

I'll list a few interesting bits and pieces here - usually things I've been looking for and which represent an improvement over what's easily available. I'm not going to list everything I stock or can obtain here, so please feel free to contact me if you're looking for something.

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  Elixir strings

John Pearse strings

Blue Chip picks and thumb picks

Rotosound Clawpicks


Elixir strings

If you like a coated string, these are the best. They are not over-bright, and the Nanoweb coating is not over-thick and doesn't kill tone like some coatings can do. And of course they last and last. I stock just a few of the most popular gauges but can get the full range to special order.

80/20 Bronze offers a brighter tone than phosphor bronze. The windings are 80% copper, 20% zinc. Phosphor bronze strings use 92% copper 8% zinc windings and offer a rich tone, slight warmer 'out the box' than 80/20 Bronze.

 

Elixir Nanoweb Phosphor Bronze Light 12-53 strings Nanoweb 16052 acoustic guitar set
Roundwound phosphor bronze, light gauge
012 016 024W 032W 042W 053W


 
Elixir Nanoweb Phosphor Bronze Custom Light 11-52 strings Nanoweb 16027 acoustic guitar set
Roundwound phosphor bronze, custom light gauge
011 015 022W 032W 042W 052W


 
Elixir Nanoweb 80/20 Bronze Light 12-53 strings Nanoweb 11052 acoustic guitar set
Roundwound 80/20 bronze, light gauge
012 016 024W 032W 042W 053W


 

John Pearse strings

I've been using John Pearse strings for a long time now. They're not over-bright when new, and deliver warm, bright, long-lasting string tone. If you're not impressed by the 'leading brands' these may well be worth a try.

There's a very wide range of John Pearse strings - I stock some of the most popular gauges and can get the full range to special order.

 

John Pearse 600L strings 600L acoustic guitar set
Phosphor bronze, light gauge
012 016 024W 032W 042W 053W
8.50
 
John Pearse 700M strings 700M acoustic guitar set
Phosphor bronze, medium gauge
013 017 026W 035W 045W 056W
8.50
 
John Pearse 700M strings 700M acoustic guitar
3 sets
Phosphor bronze, medium gauge
013 017 026W 035W 045W 056W
21.00
 
John Pearse 1400L 12-string guitar strings 1400L 12-string guitar set
Phosphor bronze, light gauge
010/010 014/014 023w/010 030w/012 039w/018 047w/027w
12.00
 
John Pearse 450 tenor guitar strings 450 tenor guitar set
80/20 bronze, light gauge
013 020w 030w 042w
7.95
 
John Pearse 2050L mandolin strings 2050L mandolin set
Phosphor bronze, light gauge
010/010 012/012 024w/024w 036w/036w
10.00
 
John Pearse 1700L 5-string banjo strings 1700L 5-string banjo set
80/20 bronze, extra long, light gauge
009 010 013 020w 009
7.95
 
John Pearse 1800M 5-string banjo strings 1800M 5-string banjo set
80/20 bronze, extra long, medium gauge
010 012 016 023w 010
7.95
 

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Blue Chip picks

Blue Chip picks are produced from a very high grade, self lubricating composite material specially formulated for great playing qualities. These one of a kind picks cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The patent pending material has great tone and speed like tortoise with none of the drawbacks. Blue Chip picks are precision machined, hand bevelled and laser etched. They never need polishing because they do not flake at the corners like tortoise shell picks do. Their self lubricating properties make them extremely fast. If you have been using tortoise picks to get that special tone and speed, try a Blue Chip and you will never go back.

I've been using Clayton Golds, Red Bears and Wegens for a number of years (the usual quest for the perfect pick!) but these are really impressive. I'm sold! Shockingly expensive - but they do deliver! Check out the forums for more opinions.

I stock some of the most popular models and can get the full range to special order. And left hand versions are available to order.

**NEW**

I've just started using a Blue Chip thumb pick as well - very impressive, combines accuracy with clarity of tone - plus a lot of volume! Also surprisingly comfortable - I've spent years trying find a comfortable thumb pick that won't slip off at key moments or make my thumb turn blue, so this is very welcome. As with the flatpicks, I'm now stocking the most popular models and can supply the full range to special order. Blue Chip thumb picks are constructed using a custom designed stainless steel band and a .050 or .060" (1.25mm or 1.50mm) thick BlueChip pick. These picks are laser etched, professionally machined, and hand bevelled to create the best thumb pick available.

 

The TD is Blue Chip's standard teardrop shape pick with two rounded corners and one sharper playing corner. A little narrower than the TP. Right-hand speed bevel.

 
Blue Chip TD35 pick TD35
0.035"
(0.89mm)
39.95
  Blue Chip TD metric rule
Blue Chip TD40 pick TD40
0.040"
(1.00mm)
39.95
 
Blue Chip TD50 pick TD50
0.050"
(1.25mm)
39.95
 
Blue Chip TD60 pick TD60
0.060"
(1.5mm)
39.95
 

The TP is Blue Chip's classic triangular pick. I stock the regular version and also the -1R with one rounded corner, giving a variety of playing options. Right-hand speed bevel.

 
Blue Chip TP40 pick TP40
0.040"
(1.00mm)
39.95
  Blue Chip TP metric rule
Blue Chip TP50 pick TP50
0.050"
(1.25mm)
39.95
 
Blue Chip TP60 pick TP60
0.060"
(1.5mm)
39.95
 
Blue Chip TP40-1R pick TP40-1R
0.040"
(1.00mm)
39.95
  Blue Chip TP-1R metric rule
Blue Chip TP50-1R pick TP50-1R
0.050"
(1.25mm)
39.95
 

The TAD-1 is another great triangular pick - a little larger than the Blue Chip TP. I stock the TAD-1R, which has one rounded corner, giving a variety of playing options. Right-hand speed bevel.

 
Blue Chip TAD40-1R pick TAD40-1R
0.040"
(1.00mm)
39.95
  Blue Chip TAD-1R metric rule
Blue Chip TAD50-1R pick TAD50-1R
0.050"
(1.25mm)
39.95
 

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The CT55 is a pick custom designed by the great mandolinist Chris Thile for his personal use. It is very similar in size and shape to the TAD line of picks. However it is only manufactured in 55/1000 of an inch(1.4mm) thickness and has a custom bevel per his specifications.

 
Blue Chip CT55 pick CT55
0.055"
(1.4mm)
39.95
  Blue Chip CT metric rule

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The Jazz pick is very similar in size and shape to the Dunlop Jazz 3 pick. There is also a larger model if you like the shape but need something a little more substantial (see below).

 
Blue Chip Jazz 40 pick Jazz 40
0.040"
(1.0mm)
39.95
  Blue Chip Jazz metric rule
Blue Chip Jazz 50 pick Jazz 50
0.050"
(1.25mm)
39.95
 
Blue Chip Jazz 60 pick Jazz 60
0.060"
(1.5mm)
39.95
 

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The Large Jazz pick is similar in shape to the Dunlop Jazz 3 pick, but is a little larger. Ideal if you need something a little more substantial.

 
Blue Chip Jazz 40 Large pick Jazz 40 Large
0.040"
(1.0mm)
39.95
Blue Chip Jazz Large metric rule
Blue Chip Jazz 50 Large pick Jazz 50 Large
0.050"
(1.25mm)
39.95
 
Blue Chip Jazz 60 Large pick Jazz 60 Large
0.060"
(1.5mm)
39.95
 

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This is Blue Chip's standard thumb pick, available in large medium and small sizes, which equate to the standard sizes of most leading brands. It is constructed using a custom designed stainless steel band and a 50/1000 of an inch (1.25mm) thick BlueChip pick. These picks are laser etched, professionally machined, and hand bevelled to create the best thumb pick available.

 
Blue Chip BCT-1L large thumb pick BCT-L large thumb pick
0.050"
(1.25mm)
44.50
 
Blue Chip BCT1-M medium thumb pick BCT-M medium thumb pick
0.050"
(1.25mm)
44.50
 
Blue Chip BCT1-S small thumb pick BCT-S small thumb pick
0.050"
(1.25mm)
44.50
 

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These thumb picks were designed by by the legendary JD Crowe and constructed to his very exacting specifications. They bears JD's initials on the inside between the rivets. They are a little shorter and broader than Blue Chip's standard design and are my personal favourite. They are constructed using a custom designed stainless steel band and a 50/1000 of an inch (1.25mm) thick BlueChip pick. These picks are laser etched, professionally machined, and hand bevelled to create the best thumb pick available.

 
Blue Chip BCT-JDL JD Crowe large thumb pick BCT-JDL JD Crowe large thumb pick
0.050"
(1.25mm)
44.50
 
Blue Chip BCT-JDM JD Crowe medium thumb pick BCT-JDM JD Crowe medium thumb pick
0.050"
(1.25mm)
44.50
 
Blue Chip BCT-JDS JD Crowe small thumb pick BCT-JDS JD Crowe small thumb pick
0.050"
(1.25mm)
44.50
 

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Rotosound Clawpicks ***Sorry, SOLD OUT ***

Many people's favourites until they were discontinued in the early 1980s. I regularly get asked about them and have just conducted a turnout of my workshop. These are the last few I have - and the only ones for sale on the internet. Some are NOS (New Old Stock), others show light use.

NOS 9.50 each
Used 7.50 each

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Rotosound Clawpicks