Kevin Chilcott
Luthier
Guitar Designer, Maker & Restorer
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KAHLER TREMS NOW AVAILABLE  IN THE UK
We can supply New Guitar & Bass Kahler Trems and a Retro-fitting/Installation service
We also have a
limited stock of Original Kahler Spares

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NEWS: The New  'ROYALE GUITARSWebsite is now up
including the new 'Merch' section
New Royale Swordstress Custom Review on Harmony Central

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LAST UPDATED : - Tuesday 12th September 2007  (09.12.07)

Email : - kev_royale@yahoo.co.uk

New News !

May 2007

New Royale Models

Royale Swordstress Special III
£2000

Other Swordstress models available to order:
Swordstress          Junior
Swordstress     Special II
Swordstress         Deluxe
Swordstress   Standard II
Swordstress  Standard III
Swordstress XS   I, II & III

CLICK FOR MORE INFO

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Speaker Cabinets
We are now producing a range of custom built speaker cabinets.
Initially 1x10, 1x12, 2x10 & 2x12.
Pix and info to come

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December 2006

SHOP

Soon there will be a small online shop on this site for  Royale Pickups, Kahlers, Vibrolas and other
'bits and pieces' of hardware. Click on links above.
If what you want is not listed - drop us a line anyway because we can probably get it within
a couple of weeks !

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NOVEMBER 2006

KAHLER TREMS

We can supply New Guitar & Bass Kahlers and a Retro-fitting service.
(Also Kahler fixed bridges)

We are starting to stock new Kahler trem units from this month...
Initially the new 7200 stud mount Hybrids which we currently have in stock, followed by
7300
flat mount Hybrids along with Standard Arms, Pro "finger tip" Control Arms
and Palm Handles and both Standard and Pro Quick Release string locks.
We will also be stocking the 2200 Stud Mount Series and and 2300 Flat Mount Pro Unit Series.
All parts will be available in Chrome, Black and Gold.
If you want any Kahler units or info about them.....
.....please drop us a line by clicking the e-mail link at the top of the page.
We also have a limited stock of Original Kahler Spares.
 

3 Kahler 7200 trems units - Gold, Chrome & Black.
Kahler 7200 Hybrid stud-mount.

CLICK FOR THE NEW KAHLER TREM SHOP

We will be arranging pix of all the Kahler products we will stock as they come in and will have a
special Kahler section on this site as well as on the new "Royale Guitars" website :
This will include Kahler Guitar & Bass Tremolo units, Guitar & Bass Fixed Bridges & Accessories.

Cuánto cuesta instalar un calentador de gas natural. Servicio 24 horas y muy económico. Contacta con reparación calentadores de gas Barcelona ahora mismo. Marcas: Junkers, Cointra, Beretta, Ariston, Vaillant…

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August 2006

ROYALE PICKUPS by GEMINI

Royale Guitars are launching a new range of pickups this month:
We are bringing out a range of Pickups that are custom hand-wound for us by
Gemini
There's a link to Gemini in the "Links" section.

These include Single coils, 'Fat' Single coils and Humbuckers.
Currently the range is:
VP-54 Kite, VP-54H Red Kite, VP-54B White Kite & VP-54R Black Kite - "S-type" Single coils.
VP-52 Falcon and VP-52H Fire Falcon - "Fat" Single coils.
VP-36 CC & VP-36 TB - Specialist Jazz "Fat" single coils.
VP-57 Merlin, VP-59 Kestrel, VP-60 Raven, CP-86 Eagle, CP-87 Buzzard,
MP-97 Vulture
, MP-97 King Vulture & MP-98 Vulturine - Humbuckers.

Additionally the VP-47 Hawk & VP-48 Harrier single coils are 'in the pipeline'
along with the VP-58 Condor, CP-86 Screaming Eagle & CP-86 Imperial Eagle - Humbuckers.
Later in the year we are also reintroducing the Classic Cream Dream & Dirt Box Humbuckers that
we originally made back in the mid 1980s.
We will have more information up about all these pickups as soon as we can.
If you do have any questions - please drop us an e-mail.

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March 2006

BENTLEY MOTORS

Kev & Lyn had the honour of being invited to Bentley Motors in Crewe, UK to have a tour around the factory.
It's a long story, but we're hoping to get write-up about the visit up on the website a bit later.
It was an awe-inspiring experience including a drive in the New Bentley Flying Spur !  AMAZING!!!

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March 2006

MUDDY MANNINEN

Muddy Manninien with a Vintage Royal 'SCS' Junior.
Muddy on stage at The Limelight in Crewe. Photo by Lyn Chilcott 13.03.06

Muddy from Wishbone Ash is now using a 'vintage' Royal 'SCS' Junior on their UK tours
through Matamps alongside his Gibson Les Paul and Fender Strat.
Below: A Royal on the left with Muddy and A Royale on the right with Andy - In Harmony.

Muddy with Royal Junior & Andy with Royale Angel.


February 2006

KAHLER TREM UNITS
We have been in contact with Kahler USA since NAMM:
The really good news is that New Kahler units are finally now available and spares for old units likewise.

We are not currently keeping any in stock, but they are available on request and we can get them.
We are hoping that this will change in time if there is a big enough demand.
These are stunningly good units and are the best trem system in our opinion.
We do have a few spares we acquired ourselves - so, if you do have any requirements please drop us a line.

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January 2006

The Custom Royal Medusa Deluxe from 1989

Custom Royal Medusa Deluxe.

 Click the pic above for some more pix and info.

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A recent picture of a Royal 'Quilted' Electra made in 1988

Quilted Maple topped Electra MkII made in 1988.

Click the pic above for some more pix and info.

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Pix and News from The Wishbone Ash Convention on 29th October 2005
ASHCON 2005
~ Click Above ~

A display of Royal Guitars at Ashcon 2005.
Photograph by Bob Greaves ©2005

A collection of Royal Guitars displayed at Ashcon 2005.
We now have a selection of merchandise available including the T-Shirts as seen in the picture.
To see details of these please click on the 'Merch' link above which will take you to the new
Royale Guitars website.

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New Pic of an Electra Bass as seen in : 
Bass Guitar Magazine Issue 18 - May / June 05

Electra Bass.
Click above for a Bigger Pic.

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A New Royale Guitar Model for 2005:

The Swordstress

There is more information and pix (to come) in the Royale Guitars Section.

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Specialist Custom Inlay Work

We're planning a special section on Custom Inlay work and to extend the "Inlay" Section.
I've had quite a few enquiries now from both sides of The Atlantic and also other parts 
of The World regarding having Custom Inlays done, including Custom Designed Inlays 
for different types of instruments and using different materials: 
Mother-of -Pearl, Abalone, Paua plus other Shells and Metals like Brass.
Please Note 
I'm afraid that All Inlay work at this level is very time consuming indeed
so I am only able to take on a limited number of projects each year !

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Royal Razorback Guitar & Bass

Apart from a Razorback Guitar , a Razorback Bass from 1989 has recently 'turned up'. 
We're hoping to get some pix soon. 

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Hardware

Kahler 2300 Tremolo Units !  Plus 'limited' spares.
Please email for availability.

If you have any Specific Hardware Requirements 'in general'..... Please email.

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Original Model Electra & New Model Elektra

There has recently been a great deal of interest in the 
Original Electra Guitars and Electra Bass Guitars from the 1980s...
...therefore, 
New Royale Elektra models of both Guitar and Bass are being planned
and are currently on the 'drawing board' for final 'tweaks'.

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Chilkev   'Bitocaster'©  Guitars
Section

Andy Powell with his S-Type Chilkev Bitocaster Guitar

Andy Powell with his S-Type Chilkev Bitocaster

Bitocasters© are 'variations' on the more "Standard" Type Bolt on neck Guitars

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The New
Royale Blue Angel Flying V Guitar
should be up and running later in the year.

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Old Pictures of 
The Original Angel V 

Royal Angel Flying V Guitar.

and 
The Crystal X-plorer

Royal Crystal X-plorer Guitar.


New Pix of a 
1988 Pink Royal Electra Bass


Live Video-Clips of Andy Powell's Royale Angel 
Flying V Guitar on www.4x12.com 
4x12.com has a brilliant Links Section as well - definitely worth a visit for 'Gear-heads' !


Pix of 
Royal SFV Custom 1987

Quilted Maple top with Rosewood fingerboard, 'SF' inlays and 'drooped' headstock.
( Alternatively known as an "Ultra V".)


Pix of
"PC" Royale "Angel V" Serial Number 001 on the Left

Andy Powell with his 1st Royale Angel V.    Andy Powell with his 2nd Royale Angel V.

"Chamille" Royale "Angel V" Serial Number 002 on the Right

The Andy Powell Signature Angel 'V' Models
WISHBONE ASH SECTION

 

The White Angel
Flying V

Mitch Harris with his Royal White Angel Flying V Guitar.

Mitch Harris
NAPALM DEATH SECTION

 

The Blue Junior

Eddie Allen with his Royal Blue Junior Guitar.

Eddie Allen
The Wildcats

 

Pink Electra Bass and Pink Electra Guitar

Pepsi and Jay - Tigertailz with their Custom Royal Guitars.

Pepsi Tate & Jay Pepper
Tigertailz

Pictures...

ROYAL GUITARS SECTION

All Royal Guitar models from 1986 to 1989 (apart from some Custom requests) were fitted with...
... Kahler Pro 2300 Tremolo units, (the Washburn 2001 the other option).
Royal and some Seymour Duncan pickups were fitted on Royal Guitar models in 1986 & 1987...
... but from 1987 to 1989 - EMG 81 and 85 Active Pickups were standard.

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Old News...

Pix of 
'88 Royal 'Thru-neck' Custom Guitar

Repair Section : - 
Replacing Mother-of-Pearl Dots.
Repairing 'nail gouges' in a fingerboard.
Coming Soon.....
.....
Refretting a Standard Rosewood Fingerboard.

On Stage
New... Royal Guitars On Stage Page...
...including a Pink Electra Guitar and Pink Electra Bass.

Guitars
Pix of
... The '89 Medusa Junior Custom , The '89 Medusa Custom , 
an
'88 Pink Electra Mk II , The Medusa Special '88 .  

Pix of The 'Guitarist' Mk I Electra '87  & '88 Yellow Electra Mk II
Pictures of The Medusa Junior  Prototype Guitar + The 
Razorback Guitar 
& Magenta Guitar Pix.

Please also see the Reviews  and Comments sections.

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Site Index & Contents 

.....with underlined  Hyperlinks  below to Specific Sections

ADVICE
If you need any help or advice on anything guitar related...
Set up, hardware, tools, repairs or restorations etc.
... drop me a line on -
kev_royale@yahoo.co.uk & I'll try to help you out.
I can get most things.


Alphabetical Site Index
(Under Construction - so don't go there yet ;0)

Design & Construction   .  Care and Set-up  .  Repair & Restoration 
  A few fundamentals of the process.         Taking care of your charge.      Damage limitation - Minor to Major.

Retro-Fitting and Customisation
This is potentially a huge section covering Inlay, Hardware, Pickups, Finishing and Electronics etc.

Designing and Building a Guitar from Scratch
Essentially, all the steps required from the 'drawing board' to the finished instrument.
Initially, making an
Angel Flying V and a Huntress. Later - a Bass, an Acoustic and a Semi Acoustic.

Making a 'Shaped' Guitar Case
Initially, I'm looking at a shaped "Flying V" case in this section.

M-O-P, Abalone & Brass Inlay work
The 'Fiddly' Bits... and Mother-of-Pearl is pretty 'fiddly' stuff to cut and inlay !

Royal Guitar Pictures
This link will take you to all the Royal Guitar Models over the years...
...from Standard Types to Custom Stuff.

ROYAL GUITARS ON STAGE
Pix of a few guys..... havin' a great time !

COMMENTS ON - ROYAL GUITARS AND THIS SITE
Please feel free to 'drop us a line' on our email address below...

  HISTORY
How Royal Guitars came about - from the First Guitar... to the Last Exhibition. 

REVIEWS
...Various opinions and references over the years.

THANKS
...To all those people who made 'it' all possible.
 

       Amplification          .        Hardware        .        Effects Pedals 
   
Royal Amps and Cabs           Some of the 'stuff' used on Royals        Some really nice Pedals  

       Personal        .     Humour      .    Feedback 
          
An 'odd' bit of History                       ;0)                      Feedback email link      

Royal Guitars "TIMELINE" 
...Tracing Royal Guitars from 1981 when the first one was finished... 
Where have they been
& Where are they Now ?

The end of 2005 marks the 25th Anniversary of Kev starting making guitars !
A small number celebratory guitars are being planned for
2006 - if time allows.

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A Few 'Tasty' Pieces
...some nice 'sexy' gear through the years - Guitarwise !

Tasty Amps 
...just a few from the '50s through to Now.

GEAR NOTICEBOARD 
Second-hand Equipment both Wanted and For Sale.

THE BIG PIX PAGE
Large Pictures of Royal Guitars.

LINKS
...To other sites of interest - from Amplification to Weirdology !

"Royale Guitars"
From 2002 onwards

Chilkev   'Bitocaster'  Guitars 
Bolt on neck Type Guitars Section

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Wanted : Pictures of Royal Guitars  Please.
Any pix would be great thanks - If you have a Royal... it would be really nice to hear from you. 

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GENERAL SITE INFORMATION

Definition : -  A Luthier.....  A Maker/Builder & Repairer/Restorer of Stringed Musical Instruments.

Currently this site has : -  
Nearly 400 pages, 800+ pix and 3000+ hyperlinks. For quick loading we have kept the pages small and most of the pix compressed.
The main exceptions are 'THE BIG PIX PAGE'... which has detailed pictures and the Pages dealing with 
Building, Repairing & Restoring Guitars..... which have quite a few pictures on each page.

UPDATES
This site is being continually updated..... Please call back regularly to see new info.
Most Hyperlinks are '
Book marked' for continuity, so you can go back to the same point in the page you previously viewed 
when the 'Page link' is hit. 

Please drop us an e-mail if you would like any specific questions answered. We'll do our best to help you out.

ONLY HYPERLINKS ARE UNDERLINED IN THIS SITE.

PAGES WITH PICTURES MAY TAKE A FEW SECONDS TO DOWNLOAD.

We don't really intend to have a " Guitar Chatroom " or " Guitar Forum " as such, but if you do have any 
questions
that you think we may be able to help you with, please email us using the link below. 
This could lead to an FAQ section which can be added to the 'Index Links' above.

E-mail :  -  kev_royale@yahoo.co.uk

LAST UPDATED : - Tuesday 12th September 2007  (09.12.07) 

Thanks for Visiting - Please Call Again.

The Royal and Chilcott Custom Guitars Website was First Posted on.....
Friday 15th  February  2002  (02.15.02)...
...this site was designed and constructed by K and L Chilcott : - kev_royale@yahoo.co.uk

All "original" Royal & Royale Guitar & Bass designs, Pickup designs, pictures and pages are the property of the 'above' .....
and are
Copyright Protected.
This includes the "Royal" Guitar & Bass model names : - 
A-Type, B-Type, C-Type, D-Type, E-Type, F-Type & G-Type also J-Type, P-Type, S-Type, & T-Type (1985),
Angel & Electra (1986), Medusa & Warbird (1987), Magenta (1988), Razorback & Chimera (1989).
Also... the "Royale" Guitar & Bass model names : - 
Angel, Archangel, Desperado, Elektra, Huntress, Katalina, Khymera, Majenta, Meduza, Phoenix, Razorback, Renegade, 
Swordstress, Vigilante, Vixen, Warbird, Widowmaker, Zepher & Zodiak, also M-Type, X-Type, Y-Type & Z-Type (
2002).
Copyright © Kevin & Linda Chilcott  2002 
and 

Royale...Black Prince, Bird of Prey, Thunderbolt, Lightning & Valkyr Guitars & Basses 
also
 
Chilkev 'Bitocaster', S-Type, T-Type, P-Type, J-Type, I-Type, M-Type, Jag-Type, Jazz-Type & Junior-Type 
Guitars & Basses.
Copyright © Kevin & Linda Chilcott  2003.
and

Royale Pickup range and model names:
Cream Dream & Dirtbox - Humbuckers... Copyright © Kevin & Linda Chilcott  1986.
VP-47 Hawk, VP-48 Harrier, VP-54 Kite, VP-54B White Kite, VP-54H Red Kite, VP-54R Black Kite & VP-54F Kite Imperial - Single coils.
VP-52 Falcon & VP-52H Fire Falcon
- "Fat" Single coils.
VP-36 CC & VP-36 TB
- Specialist Jazz "Fat" single coils.
VP-57 Merlin, VP-58 Condor, VP-59 Kestrel, VP-60 Raven, CP-86 Eagle, CP-86 Screaming Eagle, CP-86 Eagle Imperial, CP-87 Buzzard,
MP-97 Vulture
, MP-97 King Vulture & MP-98 Vulturine - Humbuckers... Copyright © Kevin & Linda Chilcott  2006.


Royale Guitars
All Rights are Reserved.

All Trademarks (TM) are hereby acknowledged

( Based in... Wales UK )


DEDICATION

This Website is dedicated to the memory my parents Peter & Irene Chilcott without whom, obviously, I wouldn't be here... 
...but also for their support of me going off in a direction that was highly unpredictable, unstable and 'high risk', 
that they wouldn't have chosen for me, but none the less I was 'stupid' enough to go down.
I reckon that they'd be pretty pleased at how things have turned out... so far.

This website is also dedicated to
Lyn's parents John & Pat Bristow, who, over 20 years ago, let their daughter go off with this 
"
weirdo guitar maker" from London, for them to just let us get on with it and give us their eternal support, somewhere to 
get a shower & a sleep on occasion, always having loads of food available when we were about and for their 
on-going support and encouragement for our goals as a family. We couldn't have done it without you


Tejablue / Tejablues Band  ©  Kevin Chilcott 1997.
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Definition : - ..A Weirdologist ..... One that studies Weirdology.

A True Counter is used on this Site.....
This is a Genuine Count of 'Hits' (visits) on (to) this Site by Individual Users via the Web  !


Disclaimer
~ IMPORTANT ~
We make every effort to ensure that information on this website is accurate. 
We do not give any warranty, express or implied, about accuracy, completeness, or appropriateness 
of ANY information contained within this website for any particular purpose.

This website is intended for information only and it is your responsibility to treat it as such.

We accept no liability whatsoever for your interpretation of this information and you (the reader) assume full 
responsibility for using any information contained here, or in any other website linked to this one. A link from 
this website does not imply that we have any authority over such information as may be available on that site.
(We do try to ensure that the links we provide are not to total rubbish !)

This website contains sections on Making, Repairing and Restoring Instruments where both hand tools and 
machine tools are used and in some instances noxious substances. These sections are for information 
and any person using this information should be experienced in the use of such tools and substances. 
(Just because you like getting high on solvents does not qualify you to use them or the tools, 
particularly the tools !)

If you take it upon yourself to attempt a project based upon any information on this site you do so 
entirely at your own risk.
IF YOU DO ATTEMPT SUCH A TASK, WE SUGGEST THAT YOU FIRST PAY ATTENTION TO HEALTH & SAFETY 
IN EVERY ASPECT OF SUCH PROJECTS. ACCIDENTS ONLY HAPPEN WHEN HEALTH AND SAFETY 
PRECAUTIONS ARE SLOPPY OR NON-EXISTENT.

(If you started with a full set of fingers and thumbs, make sure you finish with the same number!)

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 If you want a CNC machined 'custom' guitar..... you've come to the wrong site !


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