Des Parton with his Burnt Telecaster

Des Parton and his burnt Wilkes TelecasterDes 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 the body.

 

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Dougs Workshop 6th June 2016


6th June 2016. Doug is dressed like a tramp as he is working on Mark Hargeaves bass. Also Billy the dog, a new pig and various rubbish..

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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 Ontario tonight our time with only one string out of tune. How impressive is that carrier firm..!!

Doug Wilkes Answer Slut for Les Godfrey in Canada

Doug Wilkes Answer Slut for Les Godfrey in Canada

Doug Wilkes Answer Slut for Les Godfrey in Canada

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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

Carl Moreton with Doug Wilkes inspired Les Paul playing with The Neville Staple Band

Neville Staple with Doug Wilkes inspired Les Paul playing with The Neville Staple Band

Carl Moreton with Doug Wilkes inspired Les Paul playing with The Neville Staple Band

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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

Doug Wilkes Martin Guitar Repair

Doug Wilkes Martin Guitar Repair

Doug Wilkes Martin Guitar Repair

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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.

Wilkes Guitars Factory Workshop

Wilkes Guitars Factory Workshop

Wilkes Guitars Factory Workshop

Wilkes Guitars Factory Workshop

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Wilkes Guitars Factory Workshop

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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 beast who’s a lovely dog.

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Wilkes original factory workshop, Hanley, Stoke on Trent

Wilkes Guitars Original 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 guitar builders in the UK and he had orders coming from all over the world. Dave Gilmour, Stev Vai, Sting, Wang Chung. Even Big Country’s unique guitar sound has much to do with Doug’s patented sliding pick up system called The Answer.

Today Doug takes great pleasure by offering a more personal service to customers from his workshop. Whatever you want, you can have.

On this page you can see a few pictures from the 1970s and 1980s when Doug had the largest independent guitar making factory in the UK.

Wilkes Guitars Original Workshop Catalogue

Wilkes Guitars Original Workshop, Hanley, Stoke on Trent

Wilkes Guitars Original Workshop, Hanley, Stoke on Trent

Wilkes Guitars Original Workshop, Hanley, Stoke on Trent

Wilkes Guitars Original Workshop, Hanley, Stoke on Trent

Wilkes Guitars Original Workshop, Hanley, Stoke on Trent. The Slut

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