Steve Clarke’s Famous Frets

Welcome to the Famous Frets Website!

The site is split into 2 sections:

1. Famous Frets: takes at look at some of the recognisable guitars Steve has worked on and in addition gives us a cheeky peak at the reviews Steve does for The Guitar magazine. He attempts to find out why the iconic guitars favored by famous historic musicians sound the way they do and to establish whether custom parts were fitted. Over the decades, the guitars issued by Fender and Gibson changed, sometimes due to shortages of materials, other times the change was down to new manufacturing technologies. The outcome was not always for the best!. Hence 1959 Fender’s sound different to 1970’s.

2. Steve’s Blog: will be populated with articles which are not about famous guitars, but cool or quirky jobs Steve encounters when setting up guitars (which is how Steve earns a crust). One such story is of the Russian made guitar which was fitted with accordion buttons because the parent company made accordions!  Or the emergency repair neck break which had to be turned round in 24hrs because a gig depended on the guitar being fixed.

Steve Clarke has been a guitar tech for over 30 years and during this time he has re-fretted, repaired, altered, customized and created Relic look-a-like guitars. He is totally passionate about what he does and this is reflected in every job he undertakes. Based in Manchester, UK, Steve has been a guitarist, songwriter and producer playing guitar in bands  such as The Drones and Taxi. Although no longer gigging, Steve’s passion for playing, writing music and sorting out the tech side of things helps him to communicate with his customers as he understands exactly what they need.