I have spent most of my life programming computers. It’s a fascinating way to spend your time if you like that sort of thing, and I did, but I didn’t want to spend my whole life talking to machines, which are, and (I hope) will remain, utterly soulless.
So I eventually hit on the idea of building classical guitars.
I was very fortunate in finding an excellent teacher, in the person of Roy Courtnall, and built my first guitar under his patient supervision. The result (pictured above) exceeded my expectations both in terms of sound and appearance. It has, if I’m completely honest, a few very minor cosmetic flaws (but it is my first guitar!), but the sound is superb. It’s not for sale!
My next guitar is spoken for so it will be some time before I do have one for sale. It definitely won’t be before February 2019.
All my guitars will be built to my own specification (below). The reason for this is quite simple. Guitar building is not an exact science; even the best luthiers in the world cannot guarantee to build a guitar that any given customer will like. The sensible thing then is to build the best instruments one can, and let potential customers try them.
It’s a very personal thing—like buying a dog!
So that’s my policy. If you think you may be interested in having an Opus One guitar you’re very welcome to get in touch (use the contact form below) and I can let you know when I expect to have one for you to try.
Last updated 27 November 2018
Sound-board Alpine Spruce
Ribs (sides) and back Indian Rosewood
Fingerboard Rocklite Ebano®, a stable, dense and sustainable ebony alternative
Neck and head Cedrela
Machine heads by Rubner
Scale length 650 mm
Bracing type Hauser-style fan bracing
Finish French polish
Opus One guitars are individually hand-built in Horncastle, Lincolnshire, UK. This specification may be changed from time to time and is for guidance only.