Guess the Scan

The Plek is an incredible tool that we use to get a very accurate picture of the fret plane, which directly affects the playability of the instrument. We’ve seen bad fretwork on both expensive and inexpensive guitars. The inconsistency is always a surprise, so we have decided to make it a game!

For our first Guess the Scan, we have two similar Telecasters. One is a Made in Mexico Tele and the other is a Korean Squier. The scans show the fretboard plane along the G string indicated by the black line. The valleys would be the board and the hills would be the frets. The red line show the plane of the fret tops and the green line represents the ideal fret plane.


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Squier Tele:IMG_7861




11621Guess which scan belongs to which guitar!

Answers will be posted on Thursday.

Two Setup Workshop dates added at our Petaluma Location

Be one of the first to join us for a Setup Workshop at our Petaluma location. Two dates were just added to the calendar—Saturday, September 28 and Saturday, October 19th, both from 11am –3pm.

Sign up for the September 28th workshop by September 20th and Get $25 off the registration.

To read more about the workshop, see our Setup Workshop page. For more information and to register, call us at the SF shop: 415-865-5424

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Announcing our second location—Sonoma Farm Guitarworks

Do you live in Northern Marin, Sonoma County, Napa or any point north? We are now taking appointments for pick up and drop off Friday through Monday at our new Petaluma location. Same great quality and service you expect from SF Guitarworks but closer to all of  you north bay players.

To schedule an appointment, call Geoff:

• Tuesday through Thursday  at the SF Location 415.865.5424

• Friday through Monday at the Petaluma location 707.559.3095



Electric Banjos and Zircote Explorers?

Last month I took a trip up to Arcata, or more specifically Samoa, and had the good fortune to meet Ian Davidson, a heck of a nice guy, who’s making some interesting electric banjos.  Bela Fleck is among his clients, as well as Todd Fink of The Giving Tree Band.  Ian called me to get a couple of banjos Plek’d and in the course of the conversation I learned that he’s in Manilla, CA which is about 3 miles from Samoa so I dropped in on my trip.  He’s got a great little shop at his house, very clean and well organized, and he also works with Kenneth Lawrence who has shop space at Wildwood Manufacturing.  For a little area it’s a really dense with quality luthiers.  Kenneth makes beautiful basses, and has become well known of late for making some Ziricote Explorers for James Hetfield, among others.  His shop was small but absolutely dialed, and it was a great thing to see how well one can use a limited space.  Last person I spoke with was Bruce Hamilton of Wildwood Manufacturing.  His company is a CNC production house who makes bodies and necks for a bunch of companies you have heard of.  The production facility and philosophy was top-notch, and I wouldn’t hesitate to use them if my elbow ever finally gives out!  Thanks to Ian, Ken and Bruce for the hospitality.