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  • WezV said:
    Grainger Guitars
    Do you have a website link for the guitars?  I see the one for the parts. 

    I hear we share some mutual friends in the guys from Eagles Vs Drones
    Hey fella, our website is still under construction so the best place to see our work is on our Facebook page....

    Sounds like it’s a small world
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  • A quick very favourable mention for Flame Guitars linked on page 1 - I recently took my Gordon Smith LP for a setup, fret dress and rewire, it now plays (and sounds) like an absolute dream! David is a really nice guy and wants to get the best for you from whatever guitar he's working on. I'm taking my 1984 Tokai Goldtop next week after he worked wonders on Gordon.  :)
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  • Stillman said:
    A quick very favourable mention for Flame Guitars linked on page 1 - I recently took my Gordon Smith LP for a setup, fret dress and rewire, it now plays (and sounds) like an absolute dream! David is a really nice guy and wants to get the best for you from whatever guitar he's working on. I'm taking my 1984 Tokai Goldtop next week after he worked wonders on Gordon.  :)

    Just noticed this post. Thanks, it was a pleasure, and I hope you move to a new area went well
    Flame Guitars. Custom electric guitars by David Kennett
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  • Turnstone guitars
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  • Shamelessly plugging Redman Guitars and amps. 2018 is the year I go full time with my guitar making business so expect to see a lot more of me here. I'm currently working on my site, so once that is up and running I'll post again here but...

    Although most of my work has been one off customs I'm starting a limited number of my own models: a Strat based one, a single cut and a jazz style bass. All three will come with various 'trim levels' from finishes to body style (drop top or full carve etc). There will also be an ergonomic guitar which will have more options, including multiscale, headless and so on. 

    More to come!
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  • A couple of serious contenders missing from the list, Chris George Guitars up near Newark, and Guy Harrison near Pontefract.   Both of these guys have previously had guitars reviewed really positively by Guitarist magazine, and I have had one made by each of them.  Both guitars are amazing, both actually cost me less than the equivalent “standard” guitar would have been from any of the big brands, and in both cases the quality of materials and craftsmanship is at least the equivalent of the big brands custom shops, which would have cost at least double what I got my guitars for.
    There are lots of pros and cons for custom builds, cons first.  1. You don’t get to try it before you choose. 2. The secondhand value might not be as good as an equivalent named brand. 3. For some people the lack of a brand name is a non starter.
    Number 1.  True,but these guys know what they’re doing.  They lead you through the whole process to ensure you get exactly what you want, and they use the very best materials and components.
    Number 2 is the one that gets thrown up most often, but the fact is that almost nobody ever sells a custom built guitar as there is no reason to, therefore 2nd hand value argument is largely irrelevant.
    Number 3.  If you can’t get past this fact then you will simply be missing out on an amazing experience.

    Now the pros.
    1. You get exactly what you want, no compromise.
    2. You get a guitar built with love and care by a craftsman, not something off a cnc machine.
    3. The materials are the very best, not something from “regular” stock.
    4. You can usually get the equivalent of a big name custom shop guitar for the same or lower price than a big name standard guitar
    5. Using a Les Paul as an example, if you work back from the shop price, take off everybody’s profit, all the taxes, all the shipping, etc etc, it must cost Gibson less than $500 to actually make a standard production Les Paul that costs around two grand in the shops.  With a custom build in the U.K., if you are paying two grand you are getting two grand’s worth of materials and craftsman’s time.  It’s a complete no brainier which one of these is the better “value”.

    I am very lucky and have a small but nice collection of custom build guitars, but for anybody who wants good equipment, you should investigate what a custom builder can do, you might be very surprised.

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