Well-proven methods with years of experience
The Sgt Doom Guitars Custom Shop is based in the south part of Sweden, in the countryside of Småland. We create our unique guitars—using good old reliable woodworking machines, mainly from the 1960s.
We build our instruments based on the same standards as the pioneers from California back in the 1950s. The only exceptions are fretboards and inlay work that we rout out using a CNC machine.
The old way is the right way. We are convinced that building guitars with traditional machines, paired with years of experience and outstanding craftsmanship, makes an Sgt Doom instrument perfect.
WACO Vertical router
The beast that produces the necks. We produce necks for all our builds using an Sgt Doom, custom-designed neck and headstock template. No matter what scale, length, or bridge the guitar features. This machine will make the construction base with ease and provide consistent quality. The cutter leaves an almost perfect surface for continuous work.
Valentini Macchine Overhead pin router
This overhead pin router is perfect for every outline contour, pickup, and electronic cavity. This kind of work is done in many workshops using a CNC machine instead. Using a manual router has upsides, like constant visual control over our work. In addition, the machine’s weight and size provide stable reliability.
Every Sgt Doom goes through the PLEK process before delivery to get the most out of your guitar.
The PLEK process:
-Scanning of the guitar with strings on and tuned to accurate pitch.
-The data is then visualized on the computer screen.
-At Sgt Doom Guitars, the process is divided into two steps. The first step is without frets to ensure the fretboard is perfect. If there are uneven spots, we plane the fretboard surface before fretting the guitar.
-After fretting, we install the guitar into the machine once again and even the frets. Minimal differences create perfect playability.
-The profile cutter in the PLEK machine also crowns the frets, making the fret’s highest spot perfectly centered, resulting in better intonation.
Ejca band saw
Used primarily to bulk away material before routing, this is one of the most crucial machines in building and producing our instruments. We cut as close to the final contour as possible with this band saw to guarantee an easy routing process.
Bench pillar drill by STRAND
At STG DOOM Guitars, we use a drill press that fits our manufacturing demands perfectly. We use it to drill holes for tuners and bridges. This smooth and easily accessible machine can do various jobs with ease.
Tormek grinding stone
The Swedish-made Tormek sharpens the hand tools that we use. Depending on the wood’s density, the blades’ angle might need to be adjusted. Sharp tools are a must, and the Tormek gets the job done.