Response to a recent commission for a player in Australia:
Rik Middleton has come to Oz in the guise of an elegantly
crafted classical guitar
specially made for a Western Australian friend who commented as follows:
“Rik is a very fine luthier and this particular hand-crafted guitar
displays his many gifts.
The Instrument is constructed of flamed maple with a spruce top and a rosette of circular rings
the manner of some of Torres’ early guitars. The recipient specifically requested a Torres style
guitar and Rik has
produced the goods. The instrument is easy to play and has Rik’s subtly arced
finger-board which makes barring a breeze.
The intonation is spot on and the tone is very refined.
This much-loved guitar will be my preferred instrument for
many years to come.”
guitar arrived the other day and I'm having a fine time with it.
know exactly how it is that you shape the neck but the playability...
well, my left hand thinks that Christmas has come, which I guess it
My right hand, meanwhile, is enjoying experiments with tone
Attached is a photograph of two family members enjoying your
Matthew (with Portia).
am a professional guitarist living in Tokyo. I own a small Torres guitar
made by you. I
have been using it since 2000 and am very happy with it.
In fact I have
just done my recital using your guitar. The audience (as well as me)
was amazed by the sweetness and loudness of your small guitar.
very easy to play and I can do my own music without any kind of physical
or mentally stressed feeling.
My students and guitarist friends are
all impressed by your instrument."
for your guitar, what can I say ~ nothing bad!! It's loud, colourful,
warm and the treble sound can only be described as magic. ... it strikes
me that you take a lot of interest and great care in your guitars, which
is only natural I suppose, but it's comforting to know I have a guitar
from a highly skilled and passionate luthier. In today's turbulent world
it is nice to meet someone kind and helpful who takes pride in their
If I get a spare 3 or 4 thousand in the near future then you can
build me a really exotic looking and magical sounding instrument!"
have just played one of your 1999 cedar guitars ... Of all the guitars
I have played, it is the most player-friendly. When I played ... I couldn't
believe how much the instrument helped my left hand and how easy the
scale runs were. There was a lovely cushioned and springy feel to it.
Also, the high end of the first string was very pure and ringing. I
think that your neck profiling is the best I've seen and the instrument
visually stunning as well. All-in-all, I rate your guitar as the
second best I have ever played (the best being my own Christopher Dean).
It made my heart beat more quickly and for that I thank you!"
bought one of your guitars, the Aranjuez model I believe... ...and I
thought that I would drop you a line to say how much I still enjoy it.
I have used it for performances and the guitar really comes alive in
large acoustic places. The sound it produces appears to be getting better
and better. I hope that... ...you continue with what clearly is a passion
to you ~ the making of quality guitars. In consequence, your guitars
allow the player to keep alive the passion of music making."
"Rik's guitar is a dream to
play! Made from Spruce and Rosewood I happened upon it by chance.
One dark and stormy afternoon in January 2007 I took refuge in the
Spanish Guitar Centre Bristol.
I decided to play a few concert guitars. I picked up Rik's guitar never
having heard of him.
About three bars into Una Limosna (by Barrios) it struck me that this
was an exceptional box.
I decided to pay Rik a visit. He showed me a variety of guitars.
Some were made of very exotic woods and there certainly was a
characteristic 'feel' to his instruments for the left hand.
The attractive appearance was a bonus because that aspect means little
if the sound won't work for you!"
His < website > enables you to hear him play and hear
the sound of his Middleton guitar. Also see: https://youtube/Bv5Ej9Mtxxg
I constructed a guitar to order for Colin
Chettle who, in addition to
other requirements, needed a left-handed guitar.
Colin visited me on a
number of occasions during the construction of the guitar and took
I felt that it would be interesting to hear what it feels
like to witness a guitar being made especially for you.
So I asked him
to write an article to go with those pictures and the result is < here >
Rik Middleton guitar is my main guitar and has been since I was
introduced to the Middleton range in 2002.
The ease of play is superb
and the guitar helps me attain the kind of expression I need when
The subtlety of tone is rich and warm and the dynamic range
I am proud to be associated with Rik Middleton
Visit Matthew's website < here
> Listen to 'S.L Weiss - Fantasie in C minor' played on a Middleton
guitar < here
follow the links from Roger's website < here
> you will see him playing three of his own compositions on his Middleton guitar.
Please remember that the sound you
hear is somewhat limited by this method of presentation and the often
moderate quality of a computer's sound system.