Custom Guitars & Handwound Pickups - Made in Manchester, UK
From a small workshop in Manchester that looks more like a cross between a second-hand bookshop, a set from 'Delicatessen' and the kind of place "where the old man lives", I craft one-off individual custom guitars, effects pedals & pickups by hand. Each guitar is unique; no two alike.
All my pickups are hand fed & scatterwound on a Heath Robinson type contraption that does the job beautifully. All scratchplates are custom-made for each guitar, all custom guitar bodies are cut, routed, sanded, finished and oiled by hand. I even give each one a loving polish with a dry lint cloth before cracking a mini-bar sized bottle of Single Malt over the hull and letting it set sail. On a dry day, you may even see me drag all the tools out into the alleyway and set-up bench on the cobbles, the buzz & clang of the router harmonising with the bell of the off-licence door and smell of the chip shop that wafts, Lowry like, over these northern terrace roofs.
It takes a while to craft an individual custom guitar, that's why I only produce a couple each month. Not every month - sometimes its raining.
Have a wander around the site, poke your nose around the pictures then sign-up and be one of the first to know when a new guitar is ready to go - could be around lunchtime, could be 3 in the morning but it will be posted here first. Kick your shoes off - have a look around.
June 4th 2010
Made in Manchester - Custom Guitars, Handwound Pickups
Based in my workshop in Manchester, I offer custom pickups, pickup repairs, upgrades & rewinds as well as pickup installation and an electrics upgrade service. Get in touch if you'd like me to have a look at your guitar.