In Assen, Drenthe - Holland


Workshops Build a Stratocaster, Telecaster or a Precision Bass

At a standard workshop participants select a body, neck, (loaded) pickguard and hardware from my stock, while I explain what to watch out for if you would buy the parts on the open market. We then start to assemble the lot, string'r up and spend about one hour on setup, and another hour on intonation. As shown below i now can provide complete kits for takeaway as well!

For workshop details, tariffs, location etc in Dutch- see further down this page.

Workshops take place in Assen, The Netherlands and last four hours.


Building a Stratocaster or Telecaster kit at the workshop - to take away.

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More and more participants want to go home from the workshop with their own, self built guitar.

Recently I found good quality Strat and Telecasterkits suitable for assembly during a 4 hour workshop (tested them to be sure its doable in four hours). The Strat kit will set you back 115 euros, the Telecaster kit 120 euros plus of course the 75 euros for the workshop.

These kits are also suitable for inexperienced beginners, all necessary holes are drilled, the nut is in place and the connection between pups and jack is by means of small connectors - soldering is reduced to an absolute minimum!

All kits have a nasty habit,they come with the socalled paddle headstock. Ugly. I will give each neck the basic Strat of Tele shape as many starters dont have the necessary tool. You may want to do some more work on the headstocks, but at least it looks like a Strat or Tele.

The kits are sprayed with a thin coating, so you must be prepared to take the instrument apart again at home and spray the final layers. No problem because at the workshop you learned how it all fits together.

Customers also asked me if the result is a real, playable instrument or something for decoration on the wall. The kits I now have will result (provided a good setup is done) in a real guitar, quality better than the Squier Affinity. The real point is of course that you know how it all works, so you can for example experiment with a different set of pups.

Workshop price 90 euros excluding materials.

Building a Stratocaster orTelecaster at the workshop with original parts.

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Construction of a frankie Telecaster is explained in more detail on the telecaster page; click the picture or the menu on top of the page.

Here a Tele in progress using my own parts, where the tilt of the neck is a bit off, that must be corrected with a socalled shim.

A shim is piece of plastic placed in one of the side of the neckpocket, depending on the direction of the incorrect tilt. This problem can occur when you make recycled or frankenstein guitars where necks and bodies from different sources are combined. If you dont shim getting the action correct is difficult or impossible. On the other hand, it is not a serious problem. Dont try to route out the neckpocket or to shave off of the neck heel - simply shim.

Workshop Price 90 Euros per person.

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Here also a set of original parts as used during the workshop for a Strat (these parts are not for sale though).

Building a Precision bass with original parts at the workshop.

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Click the picture to go to the page that explains PBass construction in more detail.

In the picture here, the example set of parts for a complete bass contains a very nice Squier body routed for hybrid precision/jazz bass pup configuration. A great RI 63 Fender neck and a set of Bartolini pups and of course the necessary hardware. That makes a great instrument. These are my own parts, so after the workshop I have to take the instruments apart again; for this set I always feel a bit sorry.

Price workshop 95 Euros per participant

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Lekker winkelen zonder zorgen - Gratis verzending en retour


The following text is in (double)dutch, as its not very likely that you guys from the USA and further away would cross the big water just for a 4 hour workshop in a rural corner of a small country! Just in case you are here on holiday or whatever, you're very welcome!

Workshops (drie varianten), iedere zaterdag van 13.00 tot 17.00, maar andere dagen/tijden kunnen ook; op afspraak.

Leuk om te doen en de deelnemers zijn altijd enthousiast en niet zo'n beetje trots als ze het gebouwde instrument in een versterker prikken.

De workshops zijn bedoeld voor beginnende bouwers, maar voor deelnemers met wat meer ervaring kunnen we de inhoud aanpassen. 

Ik heb twee Stratocaster sets, twee Precisionbas sets en twee sets Telecaster onderdelen.  

Je zet één keer  in 4 uurtjes een instrument in elkaar en dan heb je voldoende vertrouwen om het de volgende keer zelf te doen.

Inhoud van deze workshop:
Ik gebruik originele Fender- en Squier onderdelen.
- Uitleg over de onderdelen, waar zitten de verschillen en waar moet je echt op letten
- Iedereen kiest een set onderdelen uit (hals, body etc)
- We bouwen en doen de setup (intonatie, actie etc.) in maximaal 4 uur, als er tijd is kunnen we even jammen.
- We doen de basis bouw en daarna set-up van een standaard vintage type Fender. Bij de bouw doen we alleen noodzakelijke aanpassingen (evt gaatjes boren)
- We kijken ook naar de beginselen van de gitaar elektronica, solderen, aansluiting van de pups, de schakelaar etc.- Vragen staat vrij!
- Het gebouwde instrument (dwz alle onderdelen) blijft eigendom van Guitars Recycled. Nodig voor de volgende workshop

Tarief 90 euro per deelnemer. Maximaal twee deelnemers (bij uitzondering drie).

Op afspraak is het in principe ook mogelijk om een wijziging op je eigen gitaar te doen, of je eigen bouwpakket te bouwen. Vaak is het niet mogelijk om zoiets in vier uur klaar te krijgen - dat heet een voorbehoud. Dat spreken we van te voren af.

Ik kan nu ook goede bouwpakketten leveren, zodat je met je eigen gitaar naar huis gaat. Strat 115 euro, Tele 120 euro. Merk van de kits is Harley Benton, kop in Fender vorm gezaagd.

Locatie workshops: Assen, Drenthe (route beschrijving en adres worden toegestuurd)
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Alle prijzen inclusief 21% BTW., boekjes 6%

Voor de Precision bass workshops geldt een toeslag van € 5,-- vanwege de dure snaren die maar 2 keer meegaan.

Hieronder als voorbeeld het resultaat van een van mijn Strat sets, in elkaar gezet tijdens de workshop:

Body Fender USA, hals MIM, loaded PG ook MIM, hals Fender USA, Schaller tuners - gaat na de workshop weer uit elkaar!

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Below a workshop in full swing.

Fitting the neck to the body.

I prefer two participants, although one or three is fine; more than three becomes easily chaotic.

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bert at guitarsrecycled dot com

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