LeVoi round logo John Le Voi Guitars Le Voi headstock logo
Established 1970







John outside the workshop

Inlays

Tail Pieces

Bridges

Headstocks

Machine Heads

Pickups

Inlays

Standard Le Voi inlays are pale green and black but customer's own designs and choices of inlay can usually be accommodated.

Standard Inlay

Standard pale green and black inlays

Custom Inlay

Custom inlay example

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Tailpieces

Most players prefer the standard Selmer style tailpiece. This is made in solid brass with a plastic decorative plinth and the LV logo in relief. It accepts either ball or loop end strings. I can supply it nickel or gold plated to match the machine heads in either of these finishes.

I also offer :-

  • A model which is a replica of the Bilardi tailpiece which accepts either ball end or loop end strings.
  • Wooden tailpieces of various designs. I started making these back in the 1970's when there were no Selmer repro tailpieces available, but I still get asked for them by those players who like something a bit different. They accept only ball end strings.
Brass tail Ebony rounded tail piece Ebony tail piece
Steel inlaid with wood tail piece Steel inlaid LV logo tail piece
LV wooden tail piece Ebony tail piece

A selection of tailpieces of various styles available

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Bridges

Selmer bridge Pyramid Muostachio

Standard Selmer bridge in Ebony

Fancy pyramid style moustachios

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Headstocks

My standard Selmer style headstock is very similar to the original, and I can offer an exact reproduction if required. Also available, is the Eddie Freeman style headstock, which Selmer used on some of the transitional model guitars in 1934/5. The face veneer is matched to the fingerboard material - usually Ebony.

For flat top guitars you can have the design of your choice in either solid or slotted designs with a variety of decorative design facings and bindings.

Standard Selmer headstock Eddie freeman style

My standard headstock
with brass machine heads

Eddie Freeman style headstock

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Machine Heads

As standard for Selmer style guitar I use Schaller open gear machine heads, which are brass plated to match the tailpiece. They have proved to be accurate and reliable and have the advantage that they can be repaired in the event of accident damage, as they are easy to dismantle to their component parts - I keep a stock of spares. I offer the option of hand-made Ebony or Rosewood buttons at extra cost.

Closed gearcase machine heads are also available. They are more expensive and in general not easy to repair - accident damage can require the replacement of the complete set.

For flat top guitars with solid headstocks there is a wide choice. Both Schaller and Gotoh have well made, stylish models.

Schaller heads nickel/ebony Schaller heads gold/ebony Schaller heads gold/ebony

Schaller nickel machine heads
with hand-made ebony buttons

Schaller gold machine heads
with hand-made ebony buttons

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Pickups

For Selmer Maccaferri guitars, I fit the Bigtone pickup as standard. It is embedded in the bridge (with no slip fit saddle), and has no effect on the acoustic performance of the guitar. As a simple 'plug in and play' system, I like it. It has good feedback rejection, is faithful to the original sound of the guitar and the signal strength is such that no pre amp is needed. Most players of this style of guitar don't want to cut holes in the body for battery boxes etc., and the size of the oval hole makes mounting the battery on the top block on the inside of the guitar a difficult proposition. Should you wish to use a pre amp there are several belt or floor mounted models available.

Other pickup systems are available including microphone types - some players are using such systems together with a Bigtone. The Bigtone adds depth and power.

Bigtone pickup Bigtone pickup

Bigtone pickup in a Selmer bridge

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