Here is a picture from the archives. Wilkes Guitars poster from the 1980s.
Doug is not far off finishing a very nice natural finish bass guitar for a client. The client saw the original wood and was given the option of decided what features of the grain went where on the body and the neck.
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 playable. Well done Doug, it’s a beauty.
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 the body.
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..
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.
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..!!
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
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
Update from Doug on the Martin acoustic neck profile adjustment from last week.