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These instruments are available now! If you would like to play any of them please contact me for an appointment.
New CITES regulations which came into force in the beginning of 2017 mean that international sales of instruments containing any species of rosewood will likely need a CITES export permit.
The restoration of this guitar, a rather nice and unusual old Panormo with ivory frets, can be followed on:
Panormo Guitar Restorations
An 8 course Renaissance lute started in 2013 is now available. With a string length of 600mm, it is tuned to g and is strung with Kürschner strings. The 13 rib body is English figured sycamore, the fingerboard and soundboard edging are Indian rosewood, the neck, English cherry, the bridge Swiss pear and the pegs Gloucestershire plum. The soundboard is Swiss pine (picea abies).
The height of the strings measured from the bottom of the string to the top of the 8th fret is 2.5mm for the 1st course and 2.9mm for the 8th course. The lute plays easily with excellent tone and projection.
Price of £3000 includes a new blue Kingham (made to measure) case. It can be shipped worldwide.
A beautiful and light vintage 1960 Höfner Club 50, restored in my workshop. It has been re-fretted and has a new control panel made from new/old stock from Germany. The wiring has been completely refurbished. The new control panel and both original pickups work. The guitar plays well and has a wonderful vintage tone.
The number on the back of the headstock, 1449, indicates that this guitar was probably made in 1960. The headstock facing has started to come away and a previous owner has glued it back in place with a glue which has discoloured the facing. One of the photos shows this. The guitar is one of those distributed by Selmer and was originally sold by John Holmes in Swindon.
The price of £1100 includes a good quality hard case. It can be shipped worldwide.
Some would call this a parlor or ladies guitar. I made it in 2004, one of many made to my small steel string guitar design, but I was never happy with the finish. In 2017 I removed the varnish and replaced it with a rubbed oil finish.
I feel the visual result is far superior and now offer the guitar for sale.
This guitar is particularly made for use onstage, although it does play well acoustically. It is a not extraordinarily light (I can make them like that) and is therefore not as prone to feedback as are very light guitars. It is fitted with a Headway under saddle pickup, the Snake, and an internal preamp, the HE4/G.FEQ system. This requires a 9 volt battery which is in a small plastic pouch fitted with velcro under the fingerboard and accessible through the sound hole. On average, the battery will last a year. It has an mono jack socket in the end block that also serves as a strap pin. This connects directly to and amp or mixing desk. The amplified sound is bright and powerful.
A truss rod is fitted and is adjustable through the sound hole. The strings and battery will need to be removed to adjust the truss rod which requires an 4.5mm Allen key .
The back, sides and neck are mahogany, the fingerboard and bridge, Indian rosewood and the soundboard is Swiss pine (picea abies).
String length: 612mm
Overall Length: 940mm
Width of upper bout: 230mm
Width at waist: 165mm
Width at lower bout: 302mm
Height at upper bout: 84mm
Height at lower bout: 87mm
Nut width: 44mm
Height of strings at 12th fret: 2.4mm
The price of £1800 includes a good quality classical guitar case (which is a little roomy). It can be shipped worldwide.