Getting back to normal times at Solberg Guitars

Well its been awhile since I have posted as things have been moving slowly here due to Coronavirus-19 lock down. The is post slower than normal and wood suppliers closing down during the lock down phase of this dreaded virus has lead to delays in the work. Anyway, I hope all are OK ? Have just been messing around with some tunes and writing some songs which I never seem to get around to finishing ! Click on the Instagram or Facebook icons for more info or to listen to some recent tune. The guitars are on this website and facebook page.

Just a wee cowboy country tune I am working

This track was recorded at Solberg Studios with my own purpose built country style guitar featured below. This has the Seymour Duncan 4-2 Nashville pickups which give a very distinct sound.

This track was recorded with the Solberg Nashville Telecaster with Seymour Duncan 4-2 Nashville pick ups.

So will things be getting be back to normal soon ….hopefully… we will be able to start up as normal soon and get some guitar necks finished for the new model bodies. Have posted a wee country tune here that I started writing the other day Just a bit of fun really 🙂 but like every thing else hope it develops into some thing. I think a trip back to Sweden is on the cards shortly and some more studio work to get the next album out on Spotify.

So I am thinking of posting some lock down walks from around the East Nuek where I live, especially on the coastal path. This has been my daily exercise route for the passed 4 months…See ya soon. Stay safe !

Beautiful yellow Gorse on the east Neuk coastal path

Still in the paint shop

Just been waiting for the paint on the guitars to cure …that 4 weeks minimum for Nitro. So soon I can start the sanding and then lacquer them. Been a bit slow recently with all that is happening but hope you all are good !

This what it looked like earlier now scraped and cleaned.

The paint is Nitro cellulose and it will get a few licks of the same nitro lacquer. Will be back soon ..hopefully

Studio News and other things

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It was also high time to clean the workshop from odd bits of wood, old paints and general mess. Need to say that is still on going, but there is a real sense of achievement when the space looks clean.

Jazz tune ‘The A Train’ and guitar body close to finish

Well the days are getting longer and nights shorter here in the north and life is easing up … a bit. Been working mainly on guitar tunes recently and my on line Jazz course with Jens Larson, check out video below. Also some country pop tunes !!! Nope did not plan that but sometimes you start a tune, it develops and you find yourself going down a route you did not know was there ! You can hear more of my songs and guitar stuff by checking out the social links above.

As for the guitars just finishing the body of a spalted beech model, tested for pickups …that they fit and what it looks like. This one has the sonic 60’s pick ups, I really like these, and ebony double bindings. Must start work on the neck and get this finished soon.

I have also taken the tune ‘The A Train’ a standard Jazz classic and made a backing track with drums, bass and piano. Its is in the original key Cmaj7 but a bit faster than usual, 120 bpm. Have tried to use arpeggios, passing notes and chromatic envelopes to make a different melody line. The first AABA pattern is with the guitar melody and the second AABA section is with comp guitar with a trumpet playing the melody.

So this was just a short post but will be back soon with more original recordings and posts on some new software in the studio and may be a review of Guitar pro and BIAB. I have been looking at upgrading to Ableton 11 anyone any thoughts on this have Live 9 at the moment.

Progress on new guitars for 2021

The guitar has a specially treated inlay cut into the body made from Maple. This was achieved using 2-3mm single cutter routers. The inlay (Maple) is injected with a green coloured acrylic polymer at high temperature and pressure. Where there are open pores, the polymer will penetrate the Maple it giving colour but also hardening it. That does make it more difficult to work with but you get a very individualistic effect to add to your work. I think its great and well worth the time.

Well the first new model for 2021 is well on its way now. It is still in progress and I need finish soldering the electrics in and finishing and staining the neck and head. It will be interesting to see and hear the final product.

Jumble jazz and a wee video

So ! not posted in a while as I have been working on some new guitar bodies and testing water based stains and lacquers. Will post on this subject when I have the desired result. But I thought as nature is testing us all at the moment a wee video with the four seasons may be a reminder of how beautiful nature can is when its not attacking us.

This track was recorded some time ago so I have just remastered it . Its not the best if honest but you have to start somewhere and this was the first jazz tune I had ever wrote, you can probably hear that . In any case, I decided to learn more jazz guitar so signed up with Jens Larsen, a jazz guitar teacher at the music conservatory at the university, Den Haag, Holland. Oh boy am I learning. If your a guitarist you can check out Jens You tube channel, he publishes weekly and has lots of videos on how to learn Jazz. It is difficult and having to learn a completely different style tests your concentration but its fun.

This track was recorded with the first ever guitar I built. It was made as a simple guitar just testing new tools woods and some suppliers too. I used the Solberg Sonic guitar as this guitar has Sonic 64’s pickups known for there sweet sound (see pics below). Its funny but many seem to think that only semi acoustic guitars should be used for jazz but I think you hear it here that this is not the case. Indeed I have heard many good and credible jazz guitarist use Fender telecasters. Its all about what tone you dial up on the guitar and amplifier. Any way hope all are well and I will be back with more guitar stuff next week when I hope the new guitar will have been sanded buffed and pickups etc screwed in place.

Spalted Beech top and ‘Skinny mids’ pickups

Well its been clean up day and checking that the specifications are correct on this guitar and as required for the model. Had a few inquiries about this guitar but unfortunately it has an owner now 🙂 Just set pickup pole heights on the skinny mid pickups and a general clean to make sure no edges anywhere. Its a chunky guitar not to everyone’s liking. The neck is a nice maple flame with an Ebony fretboard and boat form profile on the neck

There are some tunes on my Instagram page with sound bites from some of the guitars. There is a facebook page and you tube channel too. I will be making more videos soon too.

Spalted beech

The pickups are custom made so called ‘Skinny Scooped Mids’ lots of base and treble but the mid frequencies’ are scooped out so to say. The Tremolo is a Maverik trem, which is the only tremolo for telecaster style bridge pickups. I do not think you retain the telecaster style if you put on a Stratocaster type of tremolo. It just looks odd to me but at the end of the day its about what you like so…..

The body is ash with a 5 mm thick spalted beech top. This is hardened to stop the wood moving. Spalted beech has a tendency to do that and crack if it is not stabilized properly first. The top is then treated with Nitro lacquer and polished. I have only painted the sides, black, and it has black and white pearl bindings front and back. The capacitor in the electric circuit is a 0.02 uF cap and all pots are CTS. If you have any questions mail me at

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