I started making guitars well over 20 years ago, beginning with trial and error and for a short period under the tutelage of David Oddy. David is a fine maker who is based in Exeter, and he passed on some vital skills and a certain philosophical approach:
use only the finest woods
use traditional methods, mixed with modern techniques where they are better
finish is important, but sound the more so.
My passion is the classical guitar, and I have borrowed ideas from the great masters. I model the body on Ramirez, the fan braces on Hernandez y Aguado, the brace dimensions on Romanillos and the fingerboard on Contreras. The neck is based on Farre, my headstock is my own and although I use a range of rosettes, my purflings and bindings are of my own design.
|Picture courtesy of Express and Echo Group (Exeter). To see scanned image of two page article, click HERE.|
I source exceptionally fine quality Engelmann spruce for my fronts. This spruce produces a rich and sonorous sound that does not have the harshness of some other tonewoods. My other instrument fronts are made from the finest grain cedar. Backs and sides are of rosewood (Indian, Honduras and when available Brazilian), cypress, maple, zebrano and by special request ziricote, depending on customer requirements. When making a guitar I offer two services; either a customer can come to my workshop and try the few that I hold in stock, (normally no more than four), or I will make to requirement. Either way, I stay with a customer until they are one hundred per cent happy with the instrument; making all the necessary adjustments to ensure that this happens. I am also prepared to consider other commissions as indicated in the pictures, where there are examples of instruments other than guitars.I do not normally hold these in stock, but will make to order.