Category Archives: From the Workshop

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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Repaired Martin acoustic

This is the Martin that looked like it had been used in a few Wild West fight scenes, nearly everything broken . It was well worth restoring xx

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Doug Wilkes Martin Acoustic Neck Continued

Update from Doug on the Martin acoustic neck profile adjustment from last week.

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Some old Wilkes Guitars Factory Pictures

Here are some picture from Doug’s factory in Hanley, Stoke on Trent many years ago. These images were taken by good friend Neil Hulse.

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Doug Wilkes Quick Martin Acoustic Neck Adjustment Oct 2015

A mate of Doug’s calls in and asks him if he can adjust the neck a bit. Without question Doug grabs the rasp file and starts the job. The customer’s attention has been grabbed…. Job overseen by Billy, the workshop … Continue reading

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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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Luke Inspired Strat

Neil Hulse, owner of many a Doug Wilkes, featured one of his guitars for a photographic session. “Seemed a shame dunking my Steve Lukather inspired Doug Wilkes built Strat just for a fun studio pic, had to be done tho..” Neil Hulse. … Continue reading

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Double Twin Neck Guitar

David Fahey commissioned Doug to build him a version of the famous Rex Bogue Double Rainbow twin neck guitar. Doug has used some beautiful wood to create the guitar and has taken inspiration from the Double Rainbow, but used his … Continue reading

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Left Handed Twin Neck Headless Bass

Finally finished the twin neck, headless left handed, through necks in rock maple with poplar sides. Took a while but hand built does

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