Welcome to my website
My father was a
carpenter. No-one could have known my father and not seen his regard
for craftsmanship skills and striving for perfection. But, as a grammar school
boy, I was expected to be
something 'better' so I took a BSc. Botany degree at London University
in 1968 and went, through a post-graduate year, into biology
the years, woodwork became a very useful hobby ~ sometimes a paying
hobby ~ and led me into writing about woodwork.
I submitted articles to magazines and found this rewarding
and lucrative. Writing about my projects had the effect of urging me on to always be pushing myself and
trying something new. So, over a
number of years I have had experience of many aspects of woodworking... then I tried guitarmaking... That was over twenty years
ago now ~ I found it! ~ I don’t need to move on.
illness allowed me some time to concentrate on building my first
classical guitar as a piece of therapy. I was surprised at how well it worked out;
so I made two more and
entered them into a competition. The chief judge was a well known instrument maker so I wasn’t expecting
much more than constructive
criticism. What I got was a silver medal and a gold medal and a great deal of
On this evidence of some
talent I gave up teaching and became a full time Luthier at the end of
1994. I suppose I might tell you of the master builders I have
but the fact is that I am completely self-taught. Never mind that, I am hidebound by no master's prejudices, the
instruments speak for me.
News ~ January 2018
From March 2017:
I am now 72 years of age and have to
accept that only a finite number of guitar constructions will follow. I
have made classical guitars commercially for just over 20 years.
If I judge by the number of customers who have bought more than one
guitar from me and those who have had their spouse, duo partner and/or
students buy from me,
I feel I have been successful. The design of the Classical Guitar, like
the violin, is rather clearly defined and most classical
guitarists want the standard instrument.
But I have had some of my own ideas as to what is effective in guitar
construction and playing and have introduced some innovations outside
of the standard design.
I feel it is time now to put more of myself and my ideas into the
remaining instruments to be constructed. I therefore propose to
concentrate on two particular designs:-
Short scale length:-
I have been successful in producing concert pitch instruments for those
with smaller hands or reach problems at 600mm scale length.
These I would like to continue to produce to order. Projected standard price from £4,000 with Hiscox case.
The Jazz Classical:-
This is the "Supercutaway" design. A Nylon strung guitar where the
thumb position at the back of the neck can continue to fret 16 (that is
higher than a ‘Strat’).
This guitar will play all the classical repertoire but will also allow
the jazz guitarist to use common inversions higher than on a standard
It is envisaged as being made of the most acoustic but also visually exciting timbers to the highest possible standards.
It will be fitted with a transducing saddle and socket already tested
for me by professional players/customers. It will have a monitor port
with removable cover.
It will be available 6 or 7-string. This will be my "Signature" model
and I believe this design is unique to me at the time of writing.
Projected standard price with Hiscox case:- 6-string £7,250; 7-string £7,750.
circumstances (minor ~ no disasters!) have slowed my workshop progress
and I have not yet started on the 'Signature' model, as planned.
In addition, I have had little feedback to the News piece from March
2017 nor any orders for the 600mm short-scale model from that time.
If you are concerned that an enquiry may be taken as an 'order' then rest assured that I don't work that way.
My last remaining (and best) retail seller, Bristol Spanish Guitar
Centre, closed its doors for the last time at Christmas and so I
currently have no public sales outlets.
The last guitar I was planning to send to them will now be listed on the MODELS page, when it is available.
I now hope to complete the first of the 'Jazz Classicals' by mid-summer with a 7-string version to follow soon after.
Pictures will appear in the GALLERY section as and when these become
available but, for now, that page holds examples of what you may expect.
I am now also selling completed guitars
From time to time, I shall also be offering
finished guitars for
immediate purchase. See the MODELS page for details of any available.
from my (all too) rare holidays, I always reply promptly to all e-mail
So, if you do not receive a prompt reply, please feel free to 'phone me
(on the number below).
For existing owners
you use the MENU bar on the left to visit the 'Adjustments' page, I
deal with some of
the issues you may encounter while playing one of my
guitars in your own personal style.
This page also carries a guide to fret dressing and information on
cleaning your guitar and some comments on the strings I use ~
and why ~
which may help those of you who do not have a strong, personal
preference but enjoyed the original sound of the guitar.
Whilst the information may help you on its own, owners of my guitars should always feel that they can contact me to
discuss any issues.
Additionally, if you own
one of my guitars, you might like to register your address and serial
number with me as a security back-up.
The contact information is below.
Over to you ...
better than a quarter century, I was a secondary school biology
teacher, so I spoke
to some 150 people a day, shouted at some
and had intellectual conversations with others.
Now, I work alone in my
own workshop. It's a bit like being a hermit. So, not surprisingly, I'm
pleased when people get in touch.
Imagine my delight at getting e-mails
out of the blue, like those featured
on the 'Testimonials' page.
So please feel free to e-mail me with your thoughts on my guitars,
guitars in general, music, art, politics, religion ~ the Cosmos!
How to contact me
Telephone me on: 02477
International: +44 2477 677964