Guitars and pickups by Derek Phelps

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The Most Memorable Repair Job Ever…

9 September 2010 3 Comments

Imagine being told that you are going to be doing some work for the most pioneering guitarist to date. In 1985 I heard these words, and then the most recognizable guitar in the World was delivered to Tom Anderson’s shop. Our job was to bring “Frankenstein” back to life. While in our care we would end up moving the bridge to where it belonged, and fabricating a custom neck to fit in the 0.050″ oversized neck pocket. Additionally, we matched the paint scheme with the same Schwinn bicycle paint Edward used to paint the body. One of the coolest things I remember was being able to play the guitar daily through Tom’s vintage ’57 4×10 Bassman (thanks Ed). Edward and Valerie drove out to the shop early one Saturday morning in one of their prized Lamborghinis, followed by a sedan to cart Frankenstein and the custom Ripley Stereo guitar we built (note to guitarists: there is not enough room for your wife AND your guitars in a Countach).


  • SteveL64 said:

    I thought the guitar was supposed to ride in the Lambo!

  • DavidL said:

    Who IS that youngster playing that guitar????

  • stuart said:

    cool beans man!!!!

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