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Le Capitaine – a Les Paul style guitar by 42nd Street Guitars
Oct24

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! 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 guitarangel.co.uk) 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...

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Lindsay Wilson Guitars
Dec07

Lindsay Wilson Guitars

Funny how one thing can lead to another. Not long after I published the review of Anthony Goulding’s ‘Bohemian’, I was contacted by one Howard Robinson of Lindsay Wilson Guitars. Howard, it turns out, has been working with Anthony on some very special versions of the Goulding ‘Stack’ model. I’ll be posting some photos that Howard sent me of a stunning ‘work in progress’ collaborative effort later on, but for now, I want to introduce you to Howard’s own guitars. In his own words: At Lindsay Wilson I marry classic good looks with simple electronics that allow the guitar to speak it’s own special language. Each guitar is exquisitely finished in the distinctive Lindsay Wilson style using only the best materials with unique individual details that stamp each guitar a genuine ‘one off’. Each guitar has a softness and warmth, like a cherished piece of furniture, a substance and presence that betrays the time and individual attention that has gone into making each one. At Lindsay Wilson each guitar is a One off, One at a Time, for One person. There’s a clue in there to Howard’s background, and it’s in the word ‘furniture’. He continues: My early involvement in Antique restoration and cabinet making has been a major influence in my 30-year career as a furniture designer. This instilled an appreciation of high quality materials and craftsmanship, along with a recognition of how important proportion, balance and aesthetics are to creating beautiful furniture. This informed my passion for studying and making electric guitars which has been with me throughout my life. Along with my enthusiasm for japanese and far eastern art, this has been the inspiration behind Lindsay Wilson. However, there’s not much there that prepares you for his speciality – inlay. Picture speak louder than words – so:   Well, of course I could just go on plundering Howards images but I strongly advise you to click on the link below and visit Lindsay Wilson Guitars yourself to find out more about his exquisite work. http://lindsaywilsonguitars.co.uk/ Share...

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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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Simnett 6 String Bass Guitar
Jul15

Simnett 6 String Bass Guitar

This is getting silly. How many more previously unknown Brit luthiers are there lurking on Facebook? This time it’s a 6 string bass guitar but wow – stuff like this makes me wish I was a bassist. Simnett Guitars website is just a blog as I write but promises to be updated soon. In the meantime you can also visit on Facebook here. Update: website now up and running: http://www.simnettguitars.com   Share...

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Anthony Frudd (AF) Guitars
Jul15

Anthony Frudd (AF) Guitars

OMG! Yet another … this time, handcrafted in Yorkshire. This guitar, the ‘Baby Holly’ particularly took my eye. Although most of Anthony Frudd’s other models exhibit some unique curves and shapes, I was taken with the simple focus on the piece of wood that the body of this guitar is hewn from: Baby Holly  #11011 Body made from a 40 year old fireplace mantelpiece -chambered with mahogany inserts and Flamed Maple top. Set 20” scale length Maple neck with Rosewood fretboard with Nashville tuning. Stainless Steel frets and Ivory 12th fret inlay. Vintage style pickup with master volume and tone controls. Gold Wilkinson hardware. Anthony Frudd says: AF Guitars consists of me. Anthony. From the design to the sanding to stringing up for the first time, every guitar is made by my hands here in West Yorkshire, England. I enjoy turning a rough sawn piece of wood into a beautiful musical instrument. Ok, so I don’t enjoy sanding so much, but it has to be done. All guitars feature select woods from various sources and top quality hardware and electronics. Bare Knuckle pickups, Gotoh hardware and CTS and Switchcraft parts feature as standard. VIsit the AF Guitars website here:   Share...

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