As a luthier, I have a strong focus on the use of traditional skills and building techniques developed through the ‘golden era’ of the early years of guitar and bass making of the 50’s and 60’s.
Key features of my production work are attention to detail and a high quality finish using exotic feature timbers and ‘high-end’ components.
In the mid 80’s I found myself designing and making my first guitar at high school. This was way before the flood of information became available from the internet. There weren’t even that many books on the subject of guitar making. Using a ‘hands on’ approach, I used existing instruments as my guide to how a guitar should be laid out. I was very fortunate enough to have a guitar teacher lend me a ‘real’ Fender to take home for the weekend to measure up! My knowledge of guitars now leads me to believe that the “real’ Fender lent to me was in fact a ’63- ’65 Stratocaster! Not a bad starting point.
The years after this time led me into the Jewellery making industry, which while ‘way-laying me’ for a few years, gifted me with hand skills, accuracy and an overly developed perfectionist streak, that would stand me in good stead as a luthier.