Absolutely delighted with the fret dress and set up Tom did on my Fender Jaguar bass. There had been a problem with fret buzz/rattle for some time, making an otherwise lovely bass uncomfortable to play.
Others had tried to sort this out and I thought the 'action' was as good as possible but Tom worked his magic and turned it into a dream guitar- I can't put it down now!
Many thanks, Tom!
I'm not a professional musician just a granddad who wanted my grandson's cut down Epiphone Les Paul guitar set up. Don't take my word for it just give him a call and see for yourself why I'm more than happy to blow smoke up his arse. Excellent.
It was great to meet you and see a craft man at work.
The two guitars you set a Burns Brian May Red Special and Fender Strat both now play beautifully.
Thank you for all of your ideas regarding upgrades.
I look forward to seeing you again soon.
Very best regards
Nigel Lamberton and
Hi Tom, it was a pleasure to meet you and seeing a craftsman at work.
The set up on the two guitars you have already worked on a Burns Brian May Red Special and a Fender Strat play beautifully.
Thank you for your ideas on upgrades too.
Look forward seeing you again.
Very best wishes
Roger Bryan Goody
Thank you Tom for an absolute brilliant repair job on my Gibson semi. It really does look like it did when I first bought it 21 years ago. Will have no problems in contacting you for any more repairs I might have.
Cheers a very satisfied customer
Thanks Tom, it was a genuine pleasure to meet you, and wow, what a difference a full setup has made to my semi acoustic guitar! It’s noticeably easier to play so as a result I’m enjoying it that much more. I look forward to seeing the repair and full setup on my 12 string, because it definitely needs sorting out and a dose of tlc :) - Rob
top job on my pair of beautiful basses - thanks Tom
the neck feels great again on my MusicMan - spot on up and down the board
really happy with the job on my newly purchased Jazz too
spoilt for choice with which one to pick up first
I'll be back anytime i need something doing ...
I was really happy to find Tom and not go with a local guitar shop. He came to my house and setup my acoustic, talked me through the whole process and the guitar plays like a dream. If I left it in a shop I would never have learned how it is done. Highly recommend Tom for any guitar work, professional and really friendly.
Nice one Tom, frets sorted, and action all perfect. Thank you. Will be back with my other Burns down the line.
Tom gave new life to my Fender Jazz bass. He fitted a new Gotoh bridge, Lindy Fralin pickups, removed the old S switch configuration, fitted new strings and gave it a good set up. It’s a different instrument now. An absolute beast! All this for a very reasonable price, friendly service and pick up/drop off. Couldn’t recommend Tom more.
Tom is the best luthier we have ever had the chance to work with and he has transformed 8 of our guitars from very poor to incredible state in a day. They play like butter, sound and look amazing. We are pleased that he agreed to setup and repair all our guitars on a regular basis. We strongly recommend his services, he has extensive knowledge of all things guitars, he is a Master Builder of highest caliber.
Tom did an amazing job on a fret-dress, set-up and fretboard treatment to bring my strat back to gig-worthy life following 20 years of noodling. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend!
Tom helped me buy all the parts for my Stratocaster style guitar and then assemble it. Tom was absolutely brilliant throughout, I could not recommend him highly enough. I have ended up with an amazing instrument which plays probably better than the Fenders and Rickenbackers I have. Exactly the right balance between advice and letting me get on with it. And such a nice guy!!!!!
Tom came to my home in Essex and set up a Takamine acoustic that had a very high action. It was really interesting to see how much work goes into a professional setup. Tom explained everything as he went along and it's clear he really enjoys what he does. The Takamine is now very easy to play and it sounds much better too. So, I'm planning to get the same work done on a John Hullah bouzouki and my old Fender F3. And, it's great to talk music with Tom. I'd have no hesitation in recommending him.
Tom did a set up and fret dress on my Gibson ES355. Now plays & sounds great. Tom is a nice guy & very knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend.
Many thanks to Tom for coming out and carrying out the fret dress & set-up.
Excellent service and a great guy.
Great advice and would thoroughly recommend.
Tom is very knowledgeable and happy to pass on his expertise as well as being very friendly.
Great job, a very satisfied customer!
Once again great playing guitars!
Tom asswembled a 1956 style relic strat for me and this guitar plays better than any Fender Custom Shop Strat that Ive ever played.
He also setup and carried out fret work to a made from scratch home built Tele. Even my limited skills, the guitar plays better than I ever though it could. I was expecting maybe a few quirks as it being my first build but this thing is a joy to play.
Great stuff, Thanks
I highly recommend Tom for all your guitar servicing needs. He provides an extremely reliable and efficient service at very reasonable rates and the work is top notch.... I was delighted with the results - he is now my 'go to guy' for guitar servicing and repair work..PLUS he came over to me and the work was carried out in the comfort of my own home!! 10/10.
Tom came to my house at a very convenient time for me and set up two of my guitars, both left handed. I had purchased both on the internet, one a standard Fender Stratocaster, the other a Fender CD-100 CE electro-acoustic. Tom vastly improved the action and tone of both and got rid of niggling buzzing. They are now a real joy to play. It was a real pleasure to watch and talk with Tom while he was setting them both up and he was keen to make sure I would get the playability I wanted. He even returned some days later to make minor adjustments for me.
Tom is very knowledgable and skilled, with great experience and full of anecdotes about the guitar world, also giving me invaluable advice about purchasing another guitar to complete my 'set'. He is very personable and offers an excellent service. I would not hesitate to ask him again in the future. Thoroughly recommended.
I bought a second hand Deluxe strat which needed some TLC so I asked Tom if he could provide a full stone and setup service for me. Firstly, Tom is a super nice guy who will talk through every step of the process with you as he does it from his Mobile Workshop. For someone like me who knows nothing of how a guitar is built, it was a real treat. Secondly, my ageing relic of a guitar was returned to me in superb condition - all previous signs of neglect had vanished. My 17 year old previously unloved strat was given a new lease on life and is now the best playing guitar in my collection so I can't thank Tom enough.
Also - he gave me really useful tips on future care, effective stringing methods and also sorted out the intonation on my Les paul - free of charge. Customer service of the highest level.
My guitars wont go anywhere else from now on!
Many thanks again,
Tom is friendly, professional and very knowledgeable. The service he offers, of travelling to you and setting up the guitar to your specifications is brilliant, and he is extremely technically adept at carrying out the work. My 1980 Schecter Telecaster is now a real joy to play again. I cannot recommend him highly enough.
Last week Tom did a full stone and set up for me and cured a few electric gripes on my Blade RH4. I have to say that not only were the results phenomenal - the guitar plays better than it has ever done in the 20 years I've owned it - but it was a pleasure to have him round and chat guitars over a cuppa. He listened to what I wanted and provided a tailored and very professional service.
I'd highly recommend him to you all (and I can be a picky soul!).
Tom has just set up my tele and Les Paul and they feel and play so much better.
Spent a very pleasant morning watching Tom putting his expertize to work.
I learnt a lot as well.
Very nice guy and highly recommended.
Very impressive full stone setup. Tom is a true expert and a safe pair of hands on any guitar, can't recommend highly enough.
Tom carried out a full set-up on my new Epiphone ES339 today, which now plays fantastic. The work was carried out at my home and was completed to a very high standard. He talked me through the process from start to finish, gave some great advise and answered any questions I had. I will definitely be using Tom's expertise in the future, great work and great customer service
Tom recently did a great job sorting out my old Eggle LA Pro II, which sorely needed some TLC. The bridge pickup had gone microphonic and the volume pot was a shambles. Added to which, the trem bar was lost years ago, so I'd only ever played it as a fixed bridge.
Tom sorted everything out, including a stone and full set-up and now she plays and sounds top notch. Great work and at a very fair price.
Added to which, Tom was a true delight to deal with: incredibly knowledgeable and as friendly a chap as you could ever wish to meet.
I recommend him without hesitation.
I can't recommend Tom highly enough after he spent 3 hours one night giving my burgeoning arsenal of Far Eastern instruments some sorely needed and much appreciated attention; now I just need to get him back to sort out my new Mexican toy. :)
I thought I might have made an expensive mistake, purchasing a Fender bass via an Internet only outlet. The guitar was ridiculously noisy and a struggle to play so I called Tom and asked him to take a look. A couple of days later Tom arrived on my doorstep, found the problem and fixed it. He also adjusted the neck and I’m now the proud owner of a very nice bass which sounds fantastic and has a lovely action.
I’m very fussy about who I’ll let work on my guitars but Tom’s work was outstanding and I won’t hesitate to call on him again. Very friendly and extremely knowledgeable, you really couldn’t ask for more.
What a brilliant service! A dislodged amp input plug mended! And all within days. Thank you.
Had Tom set-up my 14 year old l/h Epiphone Dot and don't have enough good things to say about the service.
Tom is an absolutely great fella to be around, really friendly and builds a good relationship while he's doing his work, this makes telling him what changes you need to make seem like it's not a problem at all, and his attitude is faultless; stressing several times the importance of getting it right. He's also very forthcoming with tips and advice on maintenance.
The work itself was absolutely outstanding; the guitar was a state and is now as though it's brand new. I've now given it a good run-out and it's as perfect as it every has been.
Just had my sons Fender and my bass set up by Tom. His attention to detail is excellent, I wouldn't let anyone else touch our guitars but Tom.
I contacted Tom late yesterday so see if he could take a look at my son's Washburn bass as the bridge pickup had stopped working. He responded to my email very promptly, and arranged to call round this afternoon. So, within about 24 hours of first finding this website, the bass is up and running again! Excellent customer service and a top bloke too. Thanks again Tom!
Tom carried out a full set-up on my SG and Les Paul and they play much better for it. He also gave me some advice on future upgrades and answered any questions I had. I will definitely be using Tom again in the near future. Tom's Guitar's offers a superb craftsman and great customer service.
Tom set up a 40 years old Strat, a 2014 LP Standard and a 30 year old Ricky 360/12 for me and they are like different instruments - much more playable and they sound better. Oh, and Tom's a charming fella...cheers Tom, very much appreciated.
Just spent a great day with Tom learning how to do a guitar set up on my 5 string bass. Under his guidance I removed and straitened the neck, stoned and filed the frets,cleaned and oiled the neck and set up the action.
well worth a day out and makes me realise what good value a pro guitar set up by Tom really is. Cheers Paulito
Just spent a great day with Tom learning how to do a guitar set up on my 5 string bass. Under his guidance I removed and straitened the neck, stoned and filed the frets,cleaned and oiled the neck and set up the action.
well worth a day out and makes me realise what good value a pro guitar set up by Tom really is. Cheers Paulito
Another great job leaving the guitars looking like but playing better than new470
Gave Tom my knackered Fender Prodigy .After he designed a new scratch plate
changed the pick ups , controls, wiring loom and working on the action I now have a Super Strat. It now sounds great playing Dub to Rock and more. What a great job, my search for my ultimate guitar is now over at last.Many thanks for years to come . Paulito
I've just got my Tanglewood acoustic back and it looks, feels and plays really well!
I originally asked Tom to lower the action because it was quite high at first and I was struggling a bit at learning barre chords in particular (fairly new to playing guitar aha). The action is a lot lower now that it has been setup, and there isn't any fret buzz which is great!
Was a bit sceptical at the difference it would make before getting it done, but am now really amazed at how much difference to the ease of playing a quality setup makes!
Brilliant service, would definitely recommend to all interested and is undoubtedly worth the money...
Tom set up my P-Bass Lyte beautifully and successfully worked his magic on some very dodgy wiring. It plays like a dream now and the new pickup sounds amazing! Very, very highly recommended service.
Tom goes way above the call of duty to make sure we're happy with our instruments. Our guitars can take a bit of a rough ride on tour and in the studio but thanks to Tom he's undoubtedly extended the life and love of many of our instruments. His opinion is of someone you can trust and not someone in the game looking to make a fast buck out of guitarists. Whether you're a pro, a collector, a hobbyist or a novice - we couldn't recommend his services highly enough.
I have been using Tom’s services for a number of years and can particularly recommend his work on the famously temperamental Stratocaster tremolo systems. His recent work on my J45 and O style resonator has breathed new life into both instruments, which now play even better than before. Tom is always happy to discuss what needs to be done and his work is excellent.
Tom worked on my not particularly expensive Lag acoustic and now it's like playing a different guitar. He left at about half nine and still had another job to do. He's very thorough and knows exactly what he's doing. I would definitely recommend him and I imagine the work he does would benefit pretty much every guitar out there..
I have had a Jackson DX1 for around 17 years now. Although I have always loved how it played - I had never really been satisfied with the tone or definition of the sound. I therefore decided to embark upon a fairly major set of upgrades for the guitar. Not only did I want all three H/S/S pickups replacing with original Seymour Duncans, but I also wanted the Jackson licensed trem replacing with an original Floyd Rose Pro.
Tom was superb - he undertook all of the work requested without any worries. The guitar was completely rewired, new pickups installed, bridge replaced (including some necessary repairs to the body where it had started to crack over years of use) and a complete clean down and set up.
In all honesty, the guitar now plays better than it ever has - not because of the components we have added together, but mainly because of the work Tom has done to clean, file, and perfect the fretboard. I now have the action super low and there are no dead spots and no buzz wherever you move on the neck.
Tom is a fantastic guy and a pleasure to meet - he clearly loves what he does and he is very good at it. I will be a customer for life now and that's all down to the care and attention Tom pays to both his customers and their instruments.
Well, what can I say about Tom.......
I have a Dean Electro Acoustic "Performer" about £350, and a Burns "Apache" about £1250, both of which I had tinkered with and taken a file to some of the frets.
Having decided that I was not a guitar tech and that the action was still not right, I found Tom and threw the problems of sorting it all out at him.
He amazed me by being happy to travel all the way to Deal in Kent to do the work at my home, which I thought was a great service.
It was a joy to watch him as he gradually transformed both guitars to perfect condition again and undid all the horrible things I had done to them.
The frets were dressed and I was given the opportunity to try the guitars many times throughout the process, finally getting the perfect setup.
I am so happy that I met Tom, he's a really nice guy and has the patience of a saint.
Nothing was too much trouble and I would not hesitate to use his services again.
Thanks again Tom.
David de Braunche
Tom thanks for a great job, see you next time for sure!
fantastic bloke and service...
i needed my socket fixing epiphone 335 and new saddles and neck change on my strat... he set it up and it plays brilliantly now..
Tom provided a full set up for three guitars for me recently and after his work on them, they play just beautifully.
I would very much recommend Tom's work to anybody looking for a great guitar tech.
Well what can i say about this guy (tom) just magic brought a Tanglewood TW55 acoustic guitar on e-bay beautful instrument B-U-T completely useless to play action so high you could drive a eddie stowbart truck between the strings and the frets he come around to my house set to work on it and it was transformed from a pigs ear to a swan if you have any problems with your axe or axes this is the man i can't recommend him enough what a beautiful guitar this is 'NOW' many thanks Tom
What an amazing transformation! Tom rewound the bridge pickup for my Rickenbacker 12 String. It is the early 80s issue with the high gain rather than the toaster PUs model. The guitar now sounds just like those 60s Rickenbacker 12s. I could not be more pleased with what he has achieved. There are Luthiers and there are Luthiers like Tom. Very many thanks indeed.
What a great service Tom gives as well as advice.I had 2 telecasters and an aria elctro acoustic to be serviced and set up.He picked them up and brought them back and I couldn't be more pleased.Playing now and only put the guitars down to send this message.Get your guitars properly set up at Toms Guitars and you'll really notice the difference.
Well after getting the ES335 copy home last night I plugged it in and started playing around 8pm. Didn't finsh until 10.30! It really plays well now and the intonation is perfect.Thanks for your swift and professional service. Let me know when I can come and see your new spray booth!
Tom has carried out an installation of a tone choke on my Yamaha guitar. After my initial enquiry Tom explained benefits of the tone choke to me and I decided it would be a great upgrade. The result was with altered volumes on my guitar I didn't lose tone and it remained remarkably constant. So if this is what you are looking for I can highly recommend you get Tom to carry out the work. The installation was neat and for a fair price. Highly recommended.
Hi had tom round to my home to set up my guitar which is a nice touch and gave him the chance to set up the guitar as the player wants it.My guitar was buzzing a fair bit and sounded dead all over and needed a bit of work and after Tom had ground and polished the frets and put on a new nut and set it up it sounded alive again and am over the moon at how clear chords now sound and notes sustain and feels so much better to play so would highly recommend tom and the added bonus he can carry out work at your home many thanks great guy
Found Tom via Google - Top Bloke !! had a problem with my high E string sounding dead.. Tom sussed it straight away and fixed it whilst I waited.
would defo recommend and use again
I contacted Tom, on recomendation from a fellow guitarist, about a problem with my 1976 Fender Jazz Bass, Tom soon diagnosed the problem over the email.
As I live in Lincolnshire I made arrangements to take the instrument to Tom. On arrival at Tom's workshop I was greeted in a courtious and friendly manner and he soon resolved the problem with the pick-ups, without devaluing the 'original' status of the instrument. He also spent some considerable time setting up and cleaning the guitar, which now looks and plays as it did when it was new.
I would recomend Tom to anyone with a guitar problem, he is a very knowlegeable man, at both repairing and making guitars. I would have no hesitation in using his skills again, despite the long distance to travel to him. Well worth the journey.
Keith Green. (Spalding, Lincolnshire)
Tom turned, what was firewood, into a gigable and great looking P-Bass. The replacement neck was setup perfectly and played like a dream. I took the guitar to a job to just test it out for a couple of songs, I ended up playing it for the full gig. Thanks Buddy!
Tom had previously done a fabulous job on my Takamine acoustic, lowering the action and sorting out its intonation. Now he has done another fantastic job on my Fender Strat. He dressed the frets, adjusted the neck, truss, picups and has got the action just how I like it. Tom does an amazing job and really listens to you to set your guitar up how you like it. Having been underwhelmed by other guitar techs in the past, I would not dream of going anywhere else. Thanks again Tom.
Tom has been working with my band for some time now and we had we all agree his work is outstanding.
He was our guitar tech at the Hop Farm Festival last year and he was fantastic. The fact that he now comes to you with his new mobile business is brilliant!!!
He also saves guitars my guitar got ruined at a concert and Tom has made it look and sound like new what a legend.
From the first contact Tom has been quite brilliant... It was probably a simple repair to my acoustic but I would not hesitate to recommend him to any guitarist if they needed a luthier.
The repair was completed very quickly at a very reasonable cost to my complete satisfaction. A very friendly and pro-fessional service(and little Molly is delightful, not to mention the biggest puppy I have ever seen!)
Tom is a really inspiring person to be around (and this before we even come to talking about guitars!).
Trustworthy, polite, always goes the extra mile and has a heart of gold that even Neil Young would be proud of.
The guitars used in Electric River regularly take a serious pounding and Tom is the only person we know and trust who is able to give them a proper resurrection from all the blood, sweat & beers in studios or on the road.
He has been an integral part to the sound of our band, and dug us out of many a sticky situation with some of our more temperamental instruments.
We're very blessed to have him behind the scenes, and can not recommend his service enough to all guitarists of all abilities.
Tom, spent most of the day setting up 5 of my guitars. He was very knowledgable and told me many things I did not know about guitar setup. He carried out a very thorough job on all my guitars. All had different things that needed doing which he explained to me as he carried out the work. I have spent money previously on setups and to be frank, they were rubbish. Tom left my guitars playing beautifully and I am completely satisfied with the work carried out. I would recommend him to any guitarist.
I recently checked in my Gibson Flying V for a full setup. I bought the guitar second hand from a friend and although I was pleased with the sound, the feel wasn't quite right. Plus it also had a few buzzy frets that were really annoying me. Thankfully a friend recommended Tom and I am very pleased he did. Tom worked his magic and now my V is playing and sounding better than ever!! Tom is friendly, knowledgeable and a highly skilled guitar tech who I highly recommend.
I've been playing a Musicman Stingray for about 12 years now, and it's been a good instrument, it sounds and plays ok, but just not that great.
And then I took it to Tom.
And now it's a great instrument! The action has been vastly improved, the instrument plays and stays in tune, the frets are even, the neck is faster, it's like playing a completely different and greatly superior instrument.
Not only is Tom a highly skilled craftsman - the day I was there he was performing major surgery on a Martin D45 that cost more than my car - but he's also friendly, helpful and good company.
I'm delighted to recommend Tom to anyone looking for top quality guitar repairs.
Thanks very much Tom!
I recently contacted Tom about a neck I had bought off an internet auction site that unfortunately arrived with fairly badly indented/worn frets. As the neck was intended for an ongoing project guitar build I only wanted a fret level and profile, rather than a full setup (although Tom offered great quotes for both options). Tom levelled and dressed the frets perfectly and cleaned and oiled the fretboard so that it looked like new, and turned round the work incredibly quickly with great communication throughout. Would not hesitate to recommend Tom, and will certainly be using him again!
Awesome ! I had a busted switch on a very rare vintage guitar and needed it done that day , Tom done an awesome job and left it better than when I first got it! He fixed it whitest I water in his work shop , great job !!!
I bought a cherry red Tanglewood 335 copy a beautiful looking guitar, I plugged it in and the sound that I got was out of this world, nothing like a guitar should sound. There was do variation tone wise, the volume control was nil, it didn't matter if you were on number 1 or 10 it was full on.
I asked advise from a number of repair men and was told that I would need new and expensive pickups. But then I found Toms guitars. Well Tom listened to me. sugested a few options, one of witch was to rewind the pickups that were on the guitar, fit push pull tone control pots and Hey Presto I now have a guitar that can have single coil pickups or Humbuckers.
The guitar now plays as good as it looks.
If you have a guitar problem and you need an ear that will listen to what you want your guitar to sound like Tom is your man 100%+
He's Majic. Total recommendation.
My CORT acoustic bass had more fret rattle than sound before Tom got his hands on it last week. It now sings again like a thing of beauty following a full set up.
Tom has fixed a number of my guitars over the years and I travel from Essex to get him to carry out my repairs...I think that says it all about Tom's service.
My Takamine acoustic guitar had developed a bridge related buzz and furthermore suffered from a high action and intonation problems. Tom did a fantastic job. The action is superb now, buzzes all gone and the intonation is now spot on. On top of that he dressed the frets and oiled the fretboard. It feels like a totally new guitar. I wish I had taken it to him years ago rather than putting up with an instrunment which was out of shape.
I would definitely recommend Tom - I will be taking my Les Paul to him in the New Year to get it properly set up as the factory set up from Gibson is far from perfect.
I was looking for a luthier that could be trusted, countless times tried but failed. It was just by chance that I was looking on the net and found "Toms guitars". It was, just another web site until I contacted Tom himself.
My Epiphone had a crack on the neck and the action and playablity was not good. we eventually meet at my house, as he offers that service which gives him the upper hand "he collects and drops it off". We disscussed indepth of all the opptions that was available... The knowledge that this man has, its quite remarkable.
Feeling good, he departed withmy pride and joy !!!! nervous and scared, he Kept me update of aspects and turn this around in less then a week. I got it last night gleming and just ready to be Rocked. A few minor adjustments to my playing style and that was that.
The crack repaired, coil taps fitted, new pots and wireing, new bridge with graphtech saddles and a complete fret dress...Now Let me tell you, it is Superb. A new guitar that has even more "tonal possabilities" the action is the best I have ever played and I have played some very exspensive guitars in my time. I cant thank him enough I will recomend "Tom King" to anyone. I will have him as my guitar tech any time. Thanks Tom. Jules Quinn
Well I took my Epiphone Les Paul to Tom with a faulty selector switch, when Tom returned it complete with new switch since brand new it has never sounded so good, this within 24hrs excellant service and quality repair. Certainly would reccomend
Just a quick note to say thanks for doing such a good job with my custom strat. For a 10 year old guitar I can honestly say it plays better than it ever has, chords and lead work is so fluid, it even flatters my playing!
Ill be back!
Wow! I am grinning from ear to ear!!
In desperate need of an upgrade and a repair, respectively: I handed over my two favourite guitars to Tom- both of them Gibson Les Pauls: a 1998 Studio in black equipped with humbucker-sized P90s, and a 2002 sunburst Standard.
I requested a Bigsby B7 to be installed on the Studio (with a tone cap swapped on the bridge P90 from a .047 to .022), and the neck BurstBucker pickup to be repaired on the Standard (with coil tap push pots to be added to both pickups).
Tom listened carefully to the requests and was willing to accommodate any specifications mentioned.
In addition to this, Tom telephoned regarding the ability of the parts- and only picked up the guitars once the parts were in stock: he also telephoned to ask whether or not I wished to have the existing neck pickup repaired, or if I would prefer a new Gibson ’57 Classic pickup (which was the tone I asked for), and was prepared to perform only the tasks he was asked.
He telephoned me to know when the guitars were completed, and- after dropping them off- let me play both of the guitars to check that the work, and tones, I requested were what I wished for before taking payment.
How about that for customer service?
Not only was I impressed with the first rate service, Tom really knows what he is talking about- and anything is possible when it comes to guitars!
The Bigsby on my Les Paul Studio plays beautifully (and looks amazing!) and is exactly what I was looking for; and the new tone cap has given the P90s are a new, sparkling lease of life. Fantastic!
The repaired neck pickup (and the coil taps) on my Standard open up a plethora of tones, and the guitar is like receiving a brand new one. It is so versatile!
As if that weren’t enough- Tom also adjusted the action on both guitars and buffed out any scrapes and dings that he could on the finish.
I am not easily impressed but this is top class workmanship: many thanks to you Tom- you did a truly great job!
If anybody needs any work done to their guitars, I wholeheartedly recommend giving Tom a ring: trust me, you won’t regret it; and he is a pleasure to speak to as well.
Tom has worked on my.....
Gretsch Custom 5120
Antoria jazz star
Fender 57,62 and 70s hardtail strats
and is on going with my new projects
His work is " TOP FLIGHT "
Its good to know that your "pride & joy" is in great hands.
I entrusted my Martin to Tom for a fret dress and setup. It now plays better than it did new, he has cured the dreaded fret buzz but also achieved a lower action. Great service, and very quick turnaround. Highly recommended.
Tom did a wonderful setup for my Precision Bass. Feels, plays and sounds better. Knowledgeable, friendly, personalised service. If its a 4 or 6 string electric or acoustic I have no hesitation in recommending.
I would just like to say what a
fantastic job tom has done to my
yamaha pacifica.The fret dressing and
set up are just perfect it now plays like
a dream. I will definitely use toms
service again. Once again thank you very
My son Jamie has gone travelling in india for a few months and left me his 1999 epi les paul and fender tele custom to look after. The guitars definitely needed some attention after living in student digs ... so over to Tom to work his magic. Wow, what a result. They both now play like a dream.
He has done it again. I took my Ibby 1570 to Tom to have two new Kent Armstrong pickups fitted. A ‘Rocker’ in the neck and a single coil, dual rail mini humbucker for the middle. I am very happy with the whole range of new sounds I have to play with. As always a superb job with the guitar coming back with the ultra low action I like, absolutely spot on, the trem perfectly balanced and the neck feeling like silk.
Having found toms guitars by chance, I trusted him with my vintage bass which has a lot of sentimental value but was totally unplayerble.
When I picked it up from Tom, he had transformed it beyond belief! It now plays with a true beautiful sound and looks the part too.
I wld highly recommend his work, service and care he takes with attention to detail.
Finding a guitar tech with experience, skill, knowledge and who genuinely treats your guitar/s with as much care as you do are few and far between. With Tom King you get all the above. Tom set up two of my guitars and I can honestly say they have never played better.
PROBABLY THE BEST GUITAR WORKSHOP. I WOULD RATE 10/10 FOR THE GOOD CUSTOMER SERVICE I EVER HAD. WHAT MORE CAN I SAY JUST TRY THEM ONCE AND YOU WILL FOREVER REMEMBER THE GOOD SERVICE PROVIDED BY THEM. THANKS A LOT GUYS. I WOULD PERSONALLY LIKE TO THANK MR TOM FOR TAKING ALL THE TROUBLE.
Bought in a fairly poorly Telecaster that needed some serious work, I came away with a dream. I would not hesitate to recomend these guys to anyone. The standard of work is amazing and the knowledge freely avaialble is great. I'll be back soon to have my " Rick" Tele set up. Thanks Guys
I had Tom wire a DiMarzio Evolution Bridge pickup into my Fender Jag-Stang. He did a great job, it sounds exactly how I want it and I'm thankful for his work. I would use him again and recommend him to anyone :)
I recently bought a guitar from Tom as an ebay auction for an insanely cheap price.
I honestly believe that is not possible to get a better guitar for the money i paid.
the guitar had much heavier strings than i am used to but i think i may have been converted to light 11's as it plays so well.
I first used Tom for the setting up of my acoustic guitar. He has also recently wired in two Kent Armstrong pick ups into a kit-form guitar that I assembled myself and he did the final set-up and finishing touches to make it play well. I have been very pleased with the turn-around time and service and would highly recommend his work.
Excellent customer service and fast turn around!! My Gibson Les Paul had not been serviced for 17 years, lots of fret buzz,collapsing bridge and looking sad. After Tom worked his magic its like playing a new guitar and looks fantastic again. All done within 24 hours and at a great price.
Many thaks for fixing both the Strat and the BC Rich. They are now both playing so well the Les Paul is gathering dust. The Strat's action is great with no buzzing all the way up to 21st fret. The new pick ups sound brilliant. My son has been divebombing with the wammy bar on the BC Rich and it is staying in tune. Great job.
Tom's sorted out a couple of my guitars now. Absolutely brilliant, big improvement in how they play and sound. Really pleased with the results and won't take my guitars anywhere eles now. Thanks Tom!!
I had sold my Taylor 110 and replaced it with a new Guild DV6, a better solid wood design. It sounded good but something was missing. After a set up by Tom the instrument now knocks the spots off of my old Taylor. I would avise anyone to invest in a set up. It is a few quid well spent that you won't regret and will give you pleasure for many years!
cheers for re wiring my telecaster pickups tom it sounds fantastic, wanted to write on here sooner but kept forgetting. but the pickup sounds wicked really twangy and the bridge is nice and bluesy.
Excellent, friendly, speedy service. Had two guitars repaired and a full set up on one which came back better than new. A very noticeable difference and it's now that much more a joy to play. Very reasonable prices as well.
Will definitely be my first choice whenever i need more work done :D
I've entrusted my Gibson Les Paul Studio and Epiphone Firebird to Tom for full set ups and fret dresses. He's done a fabulous job and what with being a very friendly chap and offering very reasonable prices, I can very happily recommend him. Thanks buddy!
Thanks tom you did a great set up on my guitar you were very helpful and friendly and gave me some helpful advice i would recommend to anyone thanks once again shane.
Tom King provides a very professional and friendly service to his customers. It would appear that a lot of us become his friends and proud we are to. Thanks for all your help Tom,
Bob (the hof)Goodsir
After a long search I found Tom hiding in Seal. I have an Ibanez 1570 that needed setting up. I had finally found a luthier that was prepared to listen to what I wanted rather than tell me what I needed. I was looking for a fret job and full set up to get an ultra low action for shredding. Tom very patiently over a three sessions setup, then tweaked the guitar and its now perfect. I can recommend Tom without hesitation for his skill, patience, professionalism and for being exceptional value for money. He will be doing all my guitars in future.
I called Tom to discuss my Epiphone SG cracked neck problem and I found his advice and service extremely professional. I will not hesitate in contacting Tom again for all of my future guitar needs.
First time I've use Tom's Guitars. Really friendly guy and quick turnaround. Had my Brian Moore i9f fret stoned and dressed and floyd rose general setup. Will definitely use Tom's service again. My guitar plays great now. Thanks
Thanks, Tom. My 339 now plays more sweetly thanks to your work on the nut and the machine heads. For anyone thinking of having work done on their guitars: Take it to Tom - for fast friendly and reasonably priced service. What more could you ask!
I found Tom on a Google search and took a relatively old mid-price guitar to him for a minor repair and a setup as I needed it as a spare. For a very reasonable price it has come out of his workshop as a more playable and better sounding guitar than I could remember it having been for years, if at all, and I'll be using it a lot more. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Tom's repair services.
Tom just made my 12 year old Gordon Smith sound and play better than new. Nice one : )
I would just like to say thanks to Tom for the custom guitar you built for me , I am amazed with the sound quality it produces,
To anyone who reads this ,I fully recomend
Tom for any work on your guitars or even (in my case) custom work as he is both professional and reasonably priced . Again thank you tom ,I look forward to doing buisness with you in the future .
Tom was recommended to me by a friend, who knows guitars, to get some work done on mine. He was fantastic, he phoned me up to talk and walk me through everything he was doing, it was the personal touch that really did it for me because like most musicians your instrument is everything, it really let me know it was in good hands, i have the upmost confidence in Tom, the job he did on my Fender Jazz was fantastic, it sounds incredible and looks amazing! I will definately be returning to him for work on my other guitars. Daniel Mackey (23yr's old, bassist/singer of The Startover).
I wouldn't trust my guitars with anyone else. Tom has an attention to
detail far superior than anybody I've trusted my guitars with before not
to mention a genuine enthusiasm for working with guitars. Great after
care and a pleasure to work with. Cheers Tom, you're a legend!
I had spent month's and month's taking my Les Paul to various local shops. No matter what they had tried it still buzzed, rattled at the action was still high and unplayable.
After all this bad luck, a friend of mind recommended Tom's Guitars to me. I have to say I have had no regrets, I turned up and with in minutes the problem was discovered, I left my guitar with Tom. Two days later and one fret-dress later I received a phone call. I went and collected it, it's fantastic for first time in years I'm actually gigging with it.
Great fast, and friendly service. Thank you Tom. Shall definitely be using this service again.