Primarily I’m a guitar repairer, but I trained as a fretted instrument maker and so I also make guitars, mandolins and Irish bouzoukis, to my own design. Sometimes I am commissioned to make the odd ‘specials’ like Francis Dunnery’s tapboard. Having spent many years working as a technician and repairer for Fender and Takamine I know these particular instruments quite well.
Overall whether I am making or repairing I have always attempted to achieve the best customer experience I can, and will continue to do so.
I often get asked how I got to doing what I do, which naturally opens a can of worms. Anyway and briefly here’s a biog of sorts;
In the the early 70’s I made my first guitar, a heavy and vaguely SG design made of utile mahogany., and it weighed a ton. So consequently realizing I really would need to know how to do it properly I took a 3 year full time course in stringed instrument making and repair.
Afterwards, into the real world, I repaired wherever I could get work, even having a short spell at ‘Andy’s’ (now ‘Hanks’) grubby London basement workshop in Denmark St where self employed repairers would tussle for benchspace. And I did a round of Surrey music shops, picking up work as a ‘peripetic’ repairer. I travelled a fair bit using Dads granada as a pick up truck.., until I smashed it into the back of a cheap nissan. Then came a sudden change in the music world, keyboards were in and guitars were out.
It couldn’t last of course and about 1983 ish, I started working freelance for Hohner, in Coldharbour lane, Brixton, then moving onto working for Fender, Ovation,Takamine, Parker, now defunct retailers Sound Control and fellow repairers Charlie Chandlers Guitar Experience, then eventually, Fender again.
I am obliged nowadays to put some kind of ressume in and to this affect I am pleased that over a time span of some 40 years I have either repaired, fiddled around with, helped, restored, designed or made instruments for many well respected musicians, including;
Dave Markee, Donal Lunny, Big Jim Sullivan, Eric Clapton, Francis Dunnery, Francis Rossi, Frank Farrell, Jimmy Page, Clem Clempson, Jeff Beck, Hank Marvin, Mark Griffiths, Richie Blackmore, Lonnie Donegan, Jerry Donahue, Pino Pallidino, Elliott Randall, The Edge, Manus Lunny, Stevie Lawrence, Andy Fairweather-Low, Dick Farrelly, Buddy Guy, Wishbone Ash, Travis, Sting, Dave Cousins.
I am now back in my own workshop fulltime making and repairing and based in Northamptonshire, U.K, please either email or call if you would like to contact me.