Le Capitaine – a Les Paul style guitar by 42nd Street Guitars

Very excited to find this guitar – and this guitar maker! Another wonderful British guitar maker too!

Le Capitaine by 42nd Street Guitars

I don’t know about you, but to me, this just screams ‘classic hot-rod guitar’. The clean, stripped down lines of a Les Paul style timeless classic pared down to its essentials – you just know how it’s going to sound, somehow. I’d love to get my ands on this to confirm what my eyes are telling me.

About 42nd Street Guitars:

42nd Street Guitars was founded by Angela Arnott – the ‘Guitar Angel’ – a UK-based luthier with more than thirty years experience in vintage guitar restoration, modification and repairs. (For information regarding restoration work, repairs or painting check out our other website

Sensing that top-quality instruments were becoming out of reach for many players, we decided to put all our expertise and knowledge to good use, developing our own range of ‘American vintage’ inspired guitars – all built in the UK.

Why did we choose the name “42nd Street Guitars”? Quite simply because 42nd Street is a place where dreams come true.

All our models have carefully selected high quality hardware, electrics and components, this along with premium grade tonewoods, means 42nd street guitars are amongst the top luthier-built instruments available in the UK today.

We also offer a range of upgrade and replacement bodies and necks, all finished in nitrocellulose paints and lacquers to the highest standards, and available in a variety of NOS and aged styles. Whether you want a pristine pre-aged closet classic or an authentically worn replica in your choice of vintage colour, we can customise all of our items to meet your individual needs.

Our guitar kits – body, neck and carefully-aged nickel hardware – are a great way to get started in building your own custom instruments. We take care of the paintwork, while you get to enjoy putting it all together and to tweak the setup and the electronics to your requirements.

All of our bodies are machined here in the UK from light weight and beautifully figured Swamp Ash, Red Alder and African Mahogany to exacting standards, and we test the fit of all neck pockets, pickguards and plates before shipping to ensure that the only concern you have is which pickups and electronics to choose and fit.

We do not cut corners on our aged finishes. We start by giving your body a high quality as-new finish, with appropriate base coats and only then do we get to work in giving it an authentically aged, used, loved and worn appearance. The details matter to us – discoloured paint, unaffected colours under the pickguard and control plates, exposed primer, buckle marks and tobacco stains, dirty frets, worn lacquer and classic clay fret markers in all our rosewood fretboards. This attention to detail shines through in our finished instruments, which come complete with Bare Knuckle Pickups, are professionally set up and ready to be enjoyed.

Whether it’s a “The Sinner”  model from our limited edition “British Masters” range, a classic golden era replica or a custom instrument to your own design, we make sure that whatever we make you is tailored to your style. Please get in touch for further information or to place an order.


Author: Michael

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  1. Great to see this here, thanks for including it. All 42nd street guitars are built by me personally, hope you enjoy them. Angela

  2. Hi Angela – a pleasure. Sadly, I’m not able to pay as much attention to my site as I’d like so posts are very intermittent. However, I was genuinely excited when I discovered your guitars and despite the fact that I come across some pretty far-out and exotic stuff, Le Capitaine hit me right in the eyes. I wish you all success. I only get around 150 hits a day here, but if there’s anything I can do when I’ve got a moment – let me know.

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