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Goulding Lindsay Wilson
Nov14

Goulding Lindsay Wilson

Goulding Lindsay Wilson is the brand name of the collaborative work of two unique luthiers, Anthony Goulding and Howard Robinson. A collaborative effort between two UK luthiers Anthony Goulding, renowned for his stunning Aluminum guitars and the exquisite neck inlays of Howard Robinson of Lindsay Wilson guitars. At first their individual guitars and ideas seemed to be on opposite sides of the fence. However Howard told me that Anthony had been bugging him for ages hinting that he would love to have one of his necks inlaid by him, Howard then offered Tony a deal, ‘you make an aluminum body for one of my axes and I will inlay a neck for you’. They have never looked back since, with collaborative ideas just rolling off the drawing board, feeding of each others passion and endless enthusiasm. There are projects on the cards for a whole line of hybrid guitars with different parts being made by each luthier, the constant being that each guitar is unique combination of the two , true one offs and made for each individual customer with only the very best materials. The collaboration, known as Goulding Lindsay Wilson or GLW ,has a couple of basses in the pipeline and even an aluminum resonator planned for the future. Anthony tells me that they are both dedicated to the very best, top end, totally individual custom guitars. For further info or to just to talk to the guys simply visit their respective web sites. Jessie James Davis Howard: 01598710616 Anthony : 01702619214 lindsaywilsonguitars.co.uk gouldingguitars.com Share...

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Di Donato Guitars
Nov12

Di Donato Guitars

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Guitar Review: Goulding Guitars ‘Bohemian’
Nov27

Guitar Review: Goulding Guitars ‘Bohemian’

  Presence. No, not the curiously named knob in the EQ section of your amp. I’m talking about something closer to style or charisma, perhaps. Something we’d all like a little bit more of. You know, the idea that you could just stand in the corner at a party and somehow everyone would know you’re there, and it doesn’t matter that some love you and some loath you, but because of who you are, you simply draw people to you? Not because you’re famous, not because you’re rich, not because your reputation goes before you. Just ‘cos you’re uncompromisingly you and the world had better get used to it. Since I began this website, I had often thought about the possibility of reviewing guitars. It has quite astonished me just how many guitar manufacturers and luthiers there are out there in the world (see the A-Z page) and of course, only a fraction of them get a look-in with the MSM of the guitar world, therefore it is only natural that there be a demand out there for useful independent reviews of the luthier’s art outside of the mainstream. And so, to cut the story a bit short, a little while ago a cardboard carton arrived at my house from luthier Anthony Goulding, the first person to throw caution to the wind and entrust the reputation of his guitars to my humble opinion. And my humble opinion is this: whether it’s a film, a play, a plate of food, a painting or a guitar – work of art or useful object, I don’t have to like it to ‘get’ it. And if I get it, then that usually means that in my opinion, whoever the creator is or was, they have succeeded in showing the world what they were trying to achieve because their creation says it all. No need for words or explanation. Which preamble lays my cards on the table for the future – and also prepares the way for my description of opening the guitar case containing the Guilding Guitars ‘Bohemian’ for the first time … … I got it. Aluminium, Brass & Gold Just to be clear, Anthony Goulding makes guitars from aluminium. That means that, apart from the fretboard and hardware, each guitar is wholly aluminium – neck and all. Why would anyone do that? Anthony is not alone in having had the inspiration to manufacture guitars from this material – there are at least five other makers that I can find out there who have taken this route, most likely more. One of them seems to have arrived at the use of aluminium as an...

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Aluminium Guitars by Anthony Goulding
Jun23

Aluminium Guitars by Anthony Goulding

Just discovered a new brand of guitar this morning – and what a find. I’d never heard of Goulding guitars before and it was even more of a surprise to realise they were a British firm. As ever, there’s not much I can say about these or any of the guitars I feature until I can get my hands on them but it seems to me on face value that they are unique and distinctive – very attractive. I love the attention to detail – the custom hardware, especially the solid-looking knobs, tailpieces and bridges. Oh – I almost forgot – they’re all aluminium guitars! In their own words: Goulding guitars is a name synonymous with beauty and precision. It is a name that represents remarkably high standards of quality, creativity and ingenuity. Our instruments are individually machined from two solid billets of aluminium and hand finished by our team of experienced British craftsmen. A Goulding guitar is a unique individual instrument you can be exceptionally proud to own. Visual and technical design, coupled with exceptional craftsmanship provide each Goulding owner with a playability and tone that is second to none. The body of a Goulding guitar is made from a two inch thick billet of aluminium, which is machined from the rear to make it hollow. The front is machined to give it it’s carved look. We have our own Goulding designed pickup surrounds made in Gold Plated Brass. The neck is also made from a solid billet of aluminium. The fret board is made of Cocobola or Birdseye Maple with mother of pearl, NZ paua or abalone markings. For more details go to: http://www.gouldingguitars.com/ Share...

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Abel Axe aluminium guitars
Mar10

Abel Axe aluminium guitars

According to a page on the Delaney Guitars website, the aluminium Abel Axe is about to be revived. “The Abel Axe, popular with guitarists in the mid to late nineties, is back with a vengeance. From shredders to jazz masters, to fusion aficionados, to Vai and Satriani wannabes, all loved the unique, powerful sustain and tone they got from their Abel Axe. Now they are back. Jeff Abel has teamed up with Mike Delaney of Delaney Guitars to custom build the Abel Axe of your choice. From the T-6 Billet Aluminum bodies to the custom neck and electronics, these guitars will be built to order in Jeff ‘s and Mike’s shops in the Bitterroot Valley in Western Montana.” The idea doesn’t rock my boat but clearly there’s something unique and appealing enough about aluminium guitars to warrant continued production. At time of writing there is no live official dedicated website (although there is a splash holding page here). The following is from the Abel Axe Guitar Fansite should you wish to know more right now: Abel Axe guitars were designed by Jeff Abel1 of Wyoming and manufactured by Abel Axe LLC between 1994 and ~1996 and again in ~2001 with body slots instead of holes. Less than 250 1994-1996 Abel Axe guitars exist -if even that many. Specs can be found in their brochure with the following additions from my own observations and from conversations with Jeff Abel: Body Styles: Small Strat-type body with holes available with a trem or fixed bridge. You’ll notice subtle differences in hole beveling, spacing, and drilling depth if you examine the pictures closely. There was a single humbucker Abel Axe made with slots instead of holes (see Gallery). It appears to have come with a 21-fret Strat-head neck and a Kent Armstrong pickup. I don’t know how many of these one-hums comprise the ’94-’96 run. Pickups: The very first batch (a dozen or so less) were released with DiMarzio humbuckers: PAF Pro in the neck position and Tone Zone in the bridge position. These were replaced almost immediately by Kent Armstrong pickups (at one point manufactured by Sky pickups): HRE-1 in the neck position and HSDE-1 in the bridge position. These pickups are now called WPU10CLOSE|CLOSED COVER/BLACK and WPU11CLOSE|CLOSED COVER/BLACK and are sold through www.wdmusic.com. Nut: I’ve seen graphite, bone, and the locking nut that goes with the Kahler trem. Tuners: Sperzel Trimlok locking tuners. Frets: Dunlop 6100 or Dunlop 6105 equivalent, nickel silver composition. Bridges: The vibrato bridge was a Kahler flatmount (also called Kahler pro) patent number 4457201 DS. The fixed bridge was model WD101 sold by WD Music Supply OR...

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