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« on: June 11, 2008, 11:11:45 AM »
After a rather confusing time of trying to sort out a Half Way Sensible Tech in my area, it occured to me that we should really Pool our Resources and share info about Techs that we have used and would feel happy to recommend?

Because of a somewhat "Nomadic" past 10 years or so I have a few, but they are Scattered around, so...... Here goes.

West Sussex:  Graham Wheeler. Washington on the A22.
Graham is a Home Based Tech, though does occasionally do the odd day in "Drum and Strum" in Worthing.
Graham's work is excellent and he is a genuine All Rounder. Doesn't matter whether it is an Acoustic or Electric, he is probably one of the Best that I have had dealings with. He carries out the majority of Set Ups and Repairs for The Acoustic Guitar Centre in Brighton, working on anything from Crafters throught To Santa Cruz and Brook.

Lovely Fellow, though on first meeting one might find him somewhat dour, but this soon changes as he gets to know you.

Suffolk:

Andrew Guyton.  http:http://www.guytonguitars.co.uk

Andy is another superb Luthier. His Finishing has to be the best that I have ever seen!! It says much for his skills in this department that he actually does the Finishing of most of the Local High End Custom Builders.

Andy's Guitars are totally individual. Each one has unique features and Andy's own special touch.

As a person he is a great laugh, though I have to say that he is not the most reliable person in the world and does live and work very much in a Parallel Universe know as Guyton Land.;) He is a very fastidious Worker and when he actually does something it is always amazing quality. His Order Book is over flowing and I am told that the current waiting time on a Commission is around the 18 month mark.

Repairs are quicker.....Just!!!

Hertfordshire:

As Far as I know..... Now Retired from working at Machinehead in Hitchin, but more than worth seeking out..... Barry Palmer.

I have had several Guitars worked on by Barry and would have to say that he is probably the Best that I have ever experienced!!

Wales:

Kev Chilcott of "Royale Guitars".

A Superb Person who creates some of the most High Quality Guitars around.
Because of Health Issues Kev would be the First to tell you that his work can take time, but patience is MORE than Rewarded!!!

Cambridgeshire:

Richard Bartram:

I am about to have a Guitar Re Fretted by Richard. I have heard nothing but the highest praise of him and his work and will report back after meeting him in person.

Amp Tech:

Keith Gill: Peterborough.

Keith is yet another superb Guy. He is an Amp Freak and will happily talk for hours about anything and everything to do with Amps! His work is very QUICK and very competatively priced!!! I have had 2 Amps worked on by Keith and was stunned at the speed in which the jobs were done!!

That's it for now Chaps.
I really feel that we should compile a List of Techs as it would be helpful tp people such as myself whom suddenly find themselves requiring the services of the Chaps but do not know anyone within their area?
"I am not a lunatic. I have the psychiatric report to prove it. A slender majority of the panel decided in my favour."

If you lend someone ?20 and never see that person again, it was probably well worth it.

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« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2008, 11:47:51 AM »
Fine Idea Chief

Dorset - Colin Thompson @ Harmony Music Dorchester
01305260360

A fine luthier/fiddle player/bass angler and jolly nice bloke

Devon - Where else - Mansons!

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« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2008, 11:56:39 AM »
Shamelessly nicked from Basschat!

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In a rough North -----> South order:

Alan Cringean 07754 502 366 http://www.acguitars.co.uk Moffat
Joe & Dave 07896759715, 07918646359 Austin Guitar Shop austinguitarshop@googlemail.com Blyth
Dave Wilson, (PM me or Wateroftyne for contact number) The Haltwhistle Custom Shop, Haltwhistle
Chris and Laurence 01228 590591 http://www.overwater.co.uk Carlisle
Jim Fleeting 01765 607761 07792 457 741 http://www.guitarrepairman.co.uk/ Ripon, N Yorks
Steve Robinson 07776 434987 http://www.manchesterguitartech.co.uk Manchester
Keith Bennion 0151 647 3268 http://www.kgb-music.co.uk Birkenhead
Ged Green 0161 4289098 http://www.gedgreen.co.uk Manchester
Jon Shuker (Shuker Bass) 0114 2582555, 07901 896021 http://www.shukerguitars.co.uk Sheffield
Dan 01159 784403 http://www.themusicinn.co.uk Nottingham
Colin Staples 01159 417955 http://www.davemann.co.uk Nottingham
Nigel Roberts 01530 454945 http://www.leicestershire-luthier.co.uk Thringstone, Nr Loughborough
The Guitar Workshop 01530 267324 http://www.theguitarworkshop.co.uk Ibstock, Leicestershire
Howard Smith 01162 706862 http://www.howardsmith.co.uk/ Leicester
Ian Hancock - 01733 565099 Peterborough
Jon Haire - 01733 348661 Peterborough
Duncan Wales - 01354 652231 http://www.organicguitars.co.uk Peterborough
Rob Williams - 01686 689120 http://www.robwilliamsguitars.co.uk Newtown Powys
John Diggins 0121 7735711 http://www.jaydeeguitars.co.uk Birmingham
Andy Guyton 01986 896689 http://www.guytonguitars.com/ Bungay Suffolk
Paul 01604 460848 http://www.arrowheadguitars.co.uk Northampton
Pete Allen 01926 499012 http://www.guitartechnicalservices.co.uk Warwick
Colin Fulton 07913 797193 Glemham, Suffolk
Kim Seabourne 07974294681 http://www.bassurgery.com Worcester
Andy Viccars http://www.andyviccarscustom.co.uk Milton Keynes
Robbie McDade 07915 075077 http://www.rimcustombasses.co.uk Luton
Dave Dearnly 02920 462953 Cardiff
Dave Wild 0208 3407766 http://www.wildguitars.com/guitars.htm London N6
The Bass Gallery 0207 2675258 http://www.thebassgallery.com London NW1
Chris McIntyre 07764747450 http://mcintyreguitars.com Unit 228, Blenheim Court, Blenheim Grove, London SE15 (new address)
Bill Puplett 0208 9541965 guitars@billpuplett.plus.com London Harrow
Paul Herman 0208 9731441 http://www.guitarexperience.co.uk London Hampton Wick
Andrew Scrimshaw 07941 434650 http://mbwebs.co.uk/scrim/ London
Martin Phelps 0208 6809747 http://www.martinphelpsmusic.com/ Croydon
Feline Guitars 0208 6809131 http://www.felineguitars.com Croydon
Simon Law 07786 563214 Swindon
Eltham 07971 240296 Bristol
Jonny Kincade 01179 243279www.kinkadeguitars.co.uk Bristol
Frank Aust 01179 603589 Bristol
The Guitar Klinic 01761 419199 http://www.guitarclinic.co.uk Midsomer Norton
Mike Walsh 01376 500820 http://www.zootbass.co.uk Witham
Barry Palmer 01279 432900 http://www.giggear.co.uk/home/index.php Harlow
Bob Johnson 01702 558890 http://www.legraguitars.co.uk Leigh-on-Sea
Mike Seal 07906 354339 Northfleet
Tom Anfield 0845 2268175 http://www.ukguitars.com/ Ripley
Joe White 01252 520911 http://www.jwhite-guitarworkshops.co.uk Farnborough
Ben Fleetcroft 01483 427444 http://fleetcroftguitars.com/ Godalming
Martin Sims 07768 401186 http://www.simscustom.com Ashford, Kent
Ben Crowe 01963 364101, 07799 003701 http://www.crimsonguitars.com Henstridge
Nick Benjamin 01273 480907 http://www.benjaminguitars.co.uk Lewes
Bernie Goodfellow 01273 220055 http://www.gbguitars.co.uk Brighton
Graham Wheeler 01903 893029 Worthing


On this list I've used Nigel Roberts, The Guitar Workshop and Howard Smith. I've also used Sheehan's in Leicester.

The quality of Nigel's work was very very good, but it did take quite a long time and he won't let an instrument go if a job's not done properly. Sheehan's quoted me one price and then charged me another and I didn't think the set up was that good. Howard was very good - I took him 3 guitars for a set up although they only needed truss rod and action to make them 100% and I had them back inside a week - did me a deal on 3 as well. The Guitar Workshop is very good, took a bit longer than I was told (but then I was quoted 24 hours, which I thought was a bit optimistic anyway) and a good price too. Out of all of them, I'd probably be most inclined to go back to The Guitar Workshop.

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« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2008, 11:59:07 AM »
Talking of Manson's

Originally they were based in Crowborough Kent prior to relocating to Devon. The Luthier who bought their old Business site was a Fine Chap by the name of Paul Richardson who started his own company "Fingerbone Guitars".

Paul became a really good friend over the years. Sadly we lost touch in 1990 and the last that I was ever able to find out was that he was now somewhere Up Country making Bespoke Furniture.

IF anyone ever gets any info I would dearly like to make contact again.
"I am not a lunatic. I have the psychiatric report to prove it. A slender majority of the panel decided in my favour."

If you lend someone ?20 and never see that person again, it was probably well worth it.

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« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2008, 11:59:52 AM »
Quote: "In rough North to South Order"

So South Carolina would be towards the end ... right? :)

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« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2008, 12:00:58 PM »
You STAR John. You have found Barry Palmer!!!!!!!!:)
"I am not a lunatic. I have the psychiatric report to prove it. A slender majority of the panel decided in my favour."

If you lend someone ?20 and never see that person again, it was probably well worth it.

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« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2008, 12:15:46 PM »
I just found the list and nicked it Rob!

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« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2008, 12:16:14 PM »
looks like there are 3 guys in Peterborough as well.

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« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2008, 01:20:09 PM »
Chaz Gordon  this guy is fantastic he was the main set up man for Richards Guitars (guitars.co.uk) Richard stopped work for health reasons bur Chaz is working from the shop on his projects TOP MAN
http://www.guitars.co.uk/tech

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« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2008, 02:28:58 PM »
Is the shop still going John?

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« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2008, 03:19:10 PM »
yes in a way here is the link
http://www.guitars.co.uk/acatalog/Regent_Guitar_Tech_Chaz_Gordon.html
its Chaz who runs it now  besides his tec side he will be selling Stonebridge and Cort for now.
Thats as much as I can tell you at the moment ..... they have a forum !!! worth a look
http://www.guitars.co.uk/forum/ubbthreads.php

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« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2008, 06:09:06 PM »
can't help much for the UK.

but if you're ever in Holland there's a chap called Axel in Noordwijk's MusicAllin who is supposed to do some good work.

but I can always recommend my good friend Maurits to give a guitar a good once-over. and that's only if I'm too lazy to do it myself.

on a more pro-front. there Nikola Adamovic of Adamovic Guitars in Haarlem, near Amsterdam. ace bloke who sold me the wood for the Zebra bass, and he builds some stellar stuff himself.

for amps there used to Ruud van Dijk in Leiden with his own shop called "The Amp Man" a man I would completely trust to give my amps a good once over. he sadly went out of business a few years back; though I reckon if you give him a ring he'll still have a look for you. he was always good for a discount deal on some solid gear and a chat. he was always working on something (or at least gave that impression!) when you went round.

know we're on this, do any of you know if Guitarzan and Bongo Bill is still going in Middlesbrough?

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« Reply #12 on: June 13, 2008, 09:32:03 PM »
http://www.manchesterguitartech.co.uk/

Steve Robinson is a great guy with loads of patience with newbees. I belive he is now doing it full time.
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« Reply #13 on: June 29, 2008, 11:47:42 PM »
me

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« Reply #14 on: June 30, 2008, 12:29:37 AM »
CB ... where are you located ... are you a UK dude too? I don't recall where you are from. :confused: