Here’s a picture from Kerrang of Meatloaf guitarist Bob Kulik playing a Wilkes Explorer.
Doug has made guitars for David Gilmour of Pink Floyd. Doug was commissioned to make a bass guitar and also an Answer guitar which is currently in the Christie’s David Gilmour Guitar Auction in New York.
The auction is due to be held on 20th June 2019.
WILKES GUITARS, STOKE-ON-TRENT, 1986
A SOLID-BODY ELECTRIC GUITAR, THE ANSWER, 5Z2A75
Bearing the logo Wilkes Guitars on the headstock and pick-up cavity, with hardshell case bearing a label inscribed WILKES STRAT w/SLIDING P.UPS CANDY APPLE RED w/RW Neck DG1119; accompanied by the original warranty registration card, a promotional flyer from Wilkes Guitars, and installation instructions for the Dive Bomber tremolo system
Length of back 15 5/8 in. (39.8 cm.)
I called at Doug’s workshop last week to pick up an old Ibanez guitar he’d re-fretted for me, eat some biscuits and to have a general ‘total nonsense’ chat about this and that.
The red one is for Carl moody, he’s treating himself for xmas, it’s got Seymour Duncan pickups on . Light poplar body . Rock maple neck with an Indian rosewood fingerboard on . Good sound .xx
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 you can see it’s turned out rather lovely …
In this workshop update visit, Doug talks about fitting the struts in Mark Bennett’s custom acoustic, his last walnut telecaster inspired guitar is finished and various nonsense as now expected.
Doug has finished a lovely Telecaster inspired custom guitar for Martin. The top of the guitar features a beautiful Walnut veneer that was actually destined for the Bentley factory in nearby Crewe, Staffordshire, UK. Martin just happens to own a Bentley.
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.
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.