For several years now I've been producing stringed instruments of the highest quality.I spent two years in Glasgow under the tuition of William C. Kelday and Paul Hyland, where I learned to build and repair a variety of stringed instruments. I then went on to complete a B.Sc
. in Musical Instrument Technology at London Guildhall University under the watchful eye of David Whiteman.
While concentrated mainly on designing and constructing six string electric guitars, i've also ventured into the world of six and twelve string acoustic guitars, Mandolins, acoustic, semi-acoustic and solid body basses.
My construction methods are firmly based in the traditions associated with fine hand crafted instruments and my guitars are, in every sense of the words, 'hand made'.
When it comes to the materials I use to construct my guitars. I strive to use the best hardwoods and softwoods available. This means solid timbre throughout the guitar you may have experience of guitar retailers talking of laminate back and sides. This, in short, is a nice way of saying they are made from plywood. I don't want to be seen as putting down the use of plywood. Many of the large respectable guitars manufacturers of mass-produced guitars use this method. It's one of the ways they managed to obtain a consistency in the sound of there models. In other words they all sound the same. When it comes to handmade instruments, the objective of the luthier is to tailor the guitar to the individuals wants and needs, both in the sound and somewhat less importantly the look of the instrument. The scale length of my guitars is quite simply whatever you are comfortable with. Regarding finish, I prefer to finish my instruments with high quality oils. But if a more hardwearing finish is required I'll be happy to oblige.