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Acoustics

Brook Guitars

Based in Devon, Brook Guitars are known for making small numbers of high quality acoustic guitars. Their models usually are named after British Rivers such as the Tamar, Taw and Teign. They make a point of using local woods and recycled woods such as European Spruce wherever possible as well as more exotic materials such as Koa. Famous patrons include Ian Anderson and Martin Barre of Jethro Tull.

Shown is the ‘Torridge’ the classic Brook guitar

www.brookguitars.com

Dave King Acoustics

Dave king is a maker of beautifully inlayed classical and parlour guitars. Based in Reading he has be making guitars for over sixteen years to very high standards. More information via www.daveking-acoustics.com.

Fylde Guitars

This Cumbrian based company have been making fine acoustic guitars and mandolins since 1973. Formed by Roger Bucknall they make about 500 professional guitars a year and can claim some impressive owners including Yes guitar god Steve Howe, Andy Summers (formerly Police) and the jazz guitarist Pat Metheny. http://www.fyldeguitars.com/

Lewes Guitars Makers

A collective of luthiers specialising in classical, flamenco, acoustic, early guitars and mandolins. Their instruments are well liked by important names in the classical fraternity including John Mills, Paul Gregory, Stuart French, Richard Durrant ,Paco Fernandez and Nick Pynn. http://www.lewesguitarmakers.co.uk/

Chris Shaw

Based in Dinas Mawddwy, Wales. Specialising in my own design "no-hole special" acoustics using local flamed sycamore and spruce. High volume and full, rich tone result from the unique construction methods which leave the soundboard free to vibrate in perfect sympathy with the strings. He also likes to make replicas and "who cares what it looks like just listen to that for the price" models. Solids also are permissible if you must. Guitarsetc.co.uk

Northworthy Guitars

Founded in 1987, by Alan Marshall, Northworthy has gained a reputation for building high quality instruments at sensible prices. By using some of the finest materials available, to produce both highly original, and more traditional designs. http://www.northworthy.com/

Lucas Guitars

Working on his own Adrian Lucas hand-builds around 12 guitars a year. He makes both steel string and classical guitars to his own radial design and also more traditional parlour guitars. Check out his website at www.lucasguitars.co.uk .

 

Atkin Guitars

Building between 30 and 40 guitars a year, the Canterbury based ‘Atkin Guitars’ are of high quality and can boast and an impressive list of patrons including the session guitarist Paul Cuddeford. They have a very nice website at http://www.atkinguitars.com/.

Toon Guitars

Maker of classical guitars and gypsy jazz guitars. With 25 years experience Toon Guitars are hand built to optimize tone and playability. There has been a fair amount of press recently about Steve Toons guitars in the likes Classical Guitar magazine, MI pro and Music trade news. www.toonguitars.com