Tag Archives: Wilkes Guitars Workshop

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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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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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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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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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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5 string bass for Josh Furnival

Here’s a lovely 5 string bass commissioned by Josh Furnival

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Mark Bennett custom build

It’s all coming together now..!  

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