Category Archives: Electric Guitars

1980s While Slut refurb

A 1980,s slut that I’ve recently refurbished , there was quite a bit damage to the body, I had to add lots of mahogany, then I cut a tremolo hole before spraying with a metallic white nitro finish , as … Continue reading

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Carl Tele Re-fret

Doug starts working on re-fretting Carl’s Tele inspired Wilkes guitar, shows us where he’s at with Mark Bennett’s acoustic and various other nonsense.

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Workshop update July 2016

Doug is working on a Gretsch, finishing the cello for Jane and Billy, the workshop manager, is trying to demolish the place with his cone.

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Tele for young Keri

Doug has finished a lovely tele style guitar for young local guitarist Keri.  Keri specifically chose this colour whilst in the workshop with Doug and it looks fantastic.  The maple fretboard also has a matt finish which make it very … Continue reading

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Des Parton with his Burnt Telecaster

Des Parton, of Sad Sweet Dreamer fame, called in to collect his Wilkes Telecaster.  This guitar was burnt in the workshop fire and when Des saw it hanging up he said he wanted Doug to make a guitar out of … Continue reading

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Les Godfrey playing an Answer ‘Slut’

Guitar builder and cool dude Les Godfrey from Canada, shows us some fancy moves on a Doug Wilkes Slut with an Answer pick up system.  Great stuff Les.

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Answer ‘Slut’ guitar for Les Godfrey in Canada

Doug is very pleased to have finished an Answer ‘Slut’ model guitar for Les Godfrey in Canada. The guitar was picked up at Doug’s workshop in keele on Tuesday Lunchtime by fed ex, and it’s actually arrived at Les’s home in … Continue reading

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Neville Staple and a Les Paul

Here is Carl Moreton with a custom Les Paul inspired guitar I built for him at soundcheck with The Neville Staple Band.  All mahogany, Maple top, Mahogany fretboard and Bare Knuckle pick ups

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Wilkes original factory workshop, Hanley, Stoke on Trent

Doug started building guitars in 1972 and soon expanded to a factory in Bottleslow Street, Hanley, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire. It was in the 70s and 80s that Doug quickly made a name for himself as one of the best … Continue reading

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The Original Answer Strat

Here are some great pictures taken recently from an original Strat style Answer guitar built approximately 30 years ago.  It’s still in fantastic condition and plays great.

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