The making of John, Paul and George Burns: July 1996 – November 1997
English White Oak fingerboards were used for John and Paul. A Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard was used for George Burns. Fortunately I had in stock over a hundred Brazilian Rosewood fingerboards bought in the 1980s which were stable, dry and usually very beautiful looking and sounding. George Burns’ fingerboard with its spectacular chocolate and caramel swirls was one of the best from my stocks.
Fret slotting was done at Chris Kinman’s Brisbane factory. Chris Kinman, who has become well known around the world since the mid 90s with his innovative noiseless guitar pickups, has been a friend of mine for many years and has always been a very creative thinker, always left of centre and very good fun to be around. Chris was one of Australia’s best electric guitar makers in the 1970s and 80s but has put that aside now to concentrate solely on making guitar pickups. Fortunately for me, in 1996 Chris still had a factory full of guitar making equipment and didn’t mind me using his fret slotter.