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I commissioned John to build me a Telecaster in 2001 for stage use, just a standard model, honey blonde finish. I was suprised to get a stunning grain pattern ash body that was yellow stained! John explained that the selected wood was too good to cover with opaque paint, as Fender do, so left all grain visible. Brought lots of comments on gigs. Excellent job. He also fixed my Twin Reverb that was giving me problems on stage.
Peter Winstanley. Rotherham, Yorks.

Visiting a guitar fest in Sheffield in 2003 with my good lady, I saw a see-through Stratocaster and see-through Twin Reverb being played by Tommy Emmanuel. A tremendous amount of interest in these, but my eyes were drawn to a gorgeous Telecaster, in blue stain that showed all the grain, with a solid sabah ebony neck that I fell in love with on the spot. My lady said she would buy it on the spot if it was for sale, and I had not even heard it. Playing it through the see-through Twin, it was very impressive, especially with Johns M7 switching that gives two extra sounds. Superb!
Steve Watts, Sheffield. (This guitar is the sister one to the Honey blonde above - John)

Got a Deluxe Tele plus custom made for me by John in 1999, trem and Fender-Lace pickups with a lovely Mexican rosewood neck. He even managed the special switching that was a feature on the Fender model. All details authentic. I am quite delighted.
Morris Simms, Sheffield.

John has serviced my stage guitars and amps for a while now, and I have asked for some unusual combinations of pickup/bridge/switching etc that has always been of high quality and excellent finish. I have just taken delivery of a beautiful Start in sunburst finish with everything I asked for: noiseless pickups, 70's details with 70's tuners, and neck plate, 70's cast Tremolo system, the lot. Even tinted maple neck as they were back then. He is the man!
Andy Holleran, Chesterfield, Derbys.

Stratman has restored the wonderful punchy sound of my Fender Hot-Rod amp. Got to hear it to believe it. he was recommended to me and has certainly delivered the goods. Showed me a 12 string in solid blue stained flame maple with special switching. Amazing.
Clive Sayers, Chesterfield, Derbys.

Stratman put my Marshall amp head back in working order, Good service all round.
Carl Lamb, Sheffield.

Have you seen this guys workmanship? Great guitars and a builder of pickup winding equipment that is all we need in our factory. made two machines for us that allows us to resurrect pickups that were destined for the scrap bin. Turned out a cracking finish see-through Strat and 60's Twin reverb. Nice guy. Great sense of humour that even us Americans appreciate.
Bill Fells/Douglas Montgomery, Guitar factory, Orlando, Florida. 
 

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