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James May: The Reassembler

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S1-E3 Electric Guitar

S1-E3 Electric Guitar

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If you’re interested in the niceties of screws and screwdrivers, this is very much the programme for you. The grey-bearded and professorial May discourses on things only he could make interesting, such as the difference between Phillips screws and their Japanese equivalent, or why a long screwdriver has advantages other than being able to reach the awkward nooks of an engine.

If you’ve dozed off already, fair enough, but as May pieces together a 1984 Japanese replica Stratocaster electric guitar, there are still more diverting excursions into soldering, truss rods and reverse-action tweezers. Plus, at the end, a well-worked visual gag.


The presenter continues in his quest to understand everyday objects by putting them back together again, this time reassembling the 147 pieces of an electric guitar. James' task will entail soldering, extensive use of his precision Japanese screwdrivers, and some fiddly electronics, before he attempts to channel Brian May in a solo performance. Last in the series.

Cast & Crew

Presenter James May
Director Dan Lewis
Executive Producer Will Daws
Executive Producer Stuart Cabb
Producer Dan Lewis
Writer James May
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