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In no particular order, other than alphabetical, UK-based small / custom electric guitar builders and luthiers.
What would be absolutely, hugely, incredibly GREAT, would be to get your review, photos and/or playing clips of any guitars that you have from any of these UK-based guitar builders. Just reply to the thread.
And, if you know of others that aren't on list, reply to the thread and I'll update the master list.
Bailey Guitars - where Mark Bailey makes dreams come true ...
Diaz Guitars - one day, one day.
Feline Guitars Oh yes!
JJ Guitars - still going strong
JXG Guitars - we've seen some of these on the forum over the years ..
Longfellow - aluminium
Martyn Booth - the Martyn Booth
Nocturne - Jem builds what he loves, and we loves what he builds.
Patrick Eggle - not really *small", but had to be on the list!
PR Guitars - no "S"
Sabre Guitars - A rapidly developing reputation.
Simnett Guitars - well known to some of us.
Wez Venables - Wez does guitars, not websites
Paul doesn't make electrics, but he's a top bloke and he does make just about any other musical instrument with strings on that you can imagine, so an honorary entry on the list to;
Roberts Sentry (Hi White)Head stock: Solid walnut on MapleMachine heads: Quality Roberts fine tune Machine headsNeck: Maple with bone nutFingerboard: Solid ebony with custom inlayCustom body: MaplePickups: Custom wound Z1 power proElectrics:2 vol 2 tone 3 way, 3 way selector switchParts: Highest quality Korean parts available22 FRETS NICKEL SILVER*SET NECK*HAND CUT BODY, HAND FINISHED*HAND INLAID ABALONE CUSTOM MARKERS*SCALE LENGTH 650MM*NUT WIDTH 44MM*D RADIUS DEPTH 19MM 1st FRET*FITTED CASE
I only noticed these the other day - Roberts Guitars in Bristol. All handmade
Here is some of Andy Guyton's work for your perusal chaps,
Some beautiful looking work there.
Is he still building? I've not noticed any updates to the website in ages - not that I'm a frequent visitor to the site. He's not a million miles away from me either ...
Sims Custom near Ashford, Kent,
How about we do some reviews of "our" small/custom build guitars?
Between us, I think we've got guitars from a fair few of the builders listed, and it's only going to help raise awareness of their products if we review them here?
I'm thinking lots of pics ... as objective as we can be ... explain why you went with that option rather than a "name" brand on the headstock ... anything you don't like about it ... etc?
I'm also thinking that we'd highlight the reviews via our Twitter feed, all helping to raise awareness of the site too.
Who's up for some reviewing of their guitar/s?
How about we do some reviews of "our" small/custom build guitars?Between us, I think we've got guitars from a fair few of the builders listed, and it's only going to help raise awareness of their products if we review them here?I'm thinking lots of pics ... as objective as we can be ... explain why you went with that option rather than a "name" brand on the headstock ... anything you don't like about it ... etc?I'm also thinking that we'd highlight the reviews via our Twitter feed, all helping to raise awareness of the site too.Who's up for some reviewing of their guitar/s?
Lexie1;2718" said:Here is some of Andy Guyton's work for your perusal chaps,<</div>
I first meet Andy
Guyton back in 2003 when we moved to Norfolk. I had an ES1275 that
was in need of some wiring attention and I was recommended to him by
Cooke's of Norwich. It turned out that we only lived about 4 miles
from his workshop and a mile from where he was living at the time.
He is one of those guys
that you instantly warm to, very self effacing and a thoroughly
Whilst showing him the
problem with the wiring, he showed me a few things that he had in for
attention and then produced the superb Solid Rosewood Necked Beauty
that he had recently completed for himself. Think Double Cut LP
Junior ish, loaded with 3 Seymour Duncan P90s, A Roland Synth Pickup,
a Hipshot Trem and some of the most beautifully done switching that I
have ever seen. Eventually, that became my first Guyton.
I had become very
impressed with all that Andy was doing and thoughts began to turn
towards having a guitar built. Andy took tremendous time and care
designing the guitar that we had spoken about so much during the
previous months, taking great care that all the quirks I had thrown
at him where catered for and then some. I wanted a Mahogany Bodied,
Maple Capped Guitar that was specifically designed more towards the
player who would mainly be seated when playing, I wanted as much of
an improvement on upper fret access as was possible, given that we
were mainly thinking Single Cutaway. The Guitar had to balance
perfectly not only when on your leg, but also when strapped on. The
biggest point being that I wanted the neck of my R04 replicated. Yes
it was big, but it was also the nicest neck I had ever met.
Andy drew up a few
ideas which we then looked at closely and ended up scrapping them in
favour of something that came about by a chance comment I made about
a Musicman Access Sport that was in the workshop. So the body ended
up looking like that, but lightly more offset so that it would
balance better when on your knee. The only thing that I had very
definite ideas about was Pickups, Andy was using either Seymour
Duncan or Wizard Pickups on just about everything he did so my
providing Bare Knuckles Crawlers was something new to him, he is now
So, Two Humbuckers,
Coil Tapped by a Push Push Tone Pot and we were in business. The one
thing we had both agreed upon at the outset was that this would be a
Wrap Over Bridge. Andy had played my R04 on many an occasion and was
really taken with the incredible amount of resonance that the
Wrapover produced, so a Tonepros Wrapover would be the bridge of
Everything was covered
in minute detail, he did scratch his head a bit when I said that I
wanted something similar to Martin's Snow Flake Inlays, but on
hindsight, not only did it work, but I believe that it inspired
another customer to have the same style on his build.
The finished guitar was
without a doubt the most resonant that I had ever met. This of course
translated into something pretty special when plugged in, The sum of
the parts worked really well and the BKP Crawlers were everything
that I had hoped for and then some. The Coil Tap engaged on Both
Pickups and the selector in the centre position gave an “almost”
Piezo Acoustic sound which had to be heard to be believed.
Interestingly, as mine
was being built, another commission came in that was very similar, so
it proved interesting to hear the differences between to two guitars
once completed. The second one had a much smaller neck than mine, was
powered by Wizard Pickups and in addition to Coil Taps also had a
Phase reversal switch. They were both similar, but most would agree
that “Pyro” as mine became known, had a far throatier sound and
for various reasons, but mainly we believed the Wrapover, had
considerably more sustain.
As you will have seen from the photos I put up, Pyro gained a Sister, known as China Belle. Same Body and Top, but with a Fender Scale Maple Neck and Board.
This one featured Andy's own Trem
design and was powered by BKP Mississippi Queens. This was an out and out Rocker whereas Pyro was a slightly more polite Blues Rocker. Both guitars were everything that I could have wanted and saw quite a lot of action when I was still gigging. They are both now owned by a collector on the South Coast and still get out and about to various gigs I gather.
I should mention I suppose that it had never been my intention to part with them, but due to a financial crisis of monumental proportions befalling my step daughter, they, along with all of my gear, had to go to raise money to bail her out. The only way to look at this situation is that I can at least say that I “used” to have some truly beautiful guitars etc.
Time for another "my custom guitar" review I think.
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