English guitar luthiers have been renowned the World over for as long as I can remember and have built reputations for performance, musicality, playability and a constant drive to deliver the best in our instrument.
Currently in England there are many people building guitars and amongst this number you will find names such as Ambridge, Aram, Barton, Dean, Gee, these Luthiers have built World wide reputations and have helped to develop the guitar as we know it.
Amongst younger makers there is a lot of good work being carried out and to represent all would be impossible therefore Stafford Guitar has selected just a few who we feel you will enjoy; Ainsworth, Hall, Williams are makers whose love for the instrument shines through their work.
The magic of the classical guitar is more than just a beautifully designed piece of artwork it is an instrument capable of communicating all the emotion and expression written into the music by the composer.
In the past sixteen years, since establishing my own work shop in the cotswold village of Kingham, I have striven to achieve perfection in my work. My aim is to produce guitars of visual beauty that are comfortable to play with a quality of sound that is well balanced and capable of great power, when called upon, without loosing sight of what attracted me, and most players, to the instrument.View Maker
Luthier John Ainsworth has been crafting fine classical, flamenco and baroque guitars for over 25 years, from his workshop in Lancashire. Like other respected luthiers, his initial inspiration came from A. P. Sharpe's book on Spanish guitar construction, followed by McLeod & Welford, and Sloane.View Maker
Living in Staffordshire, I was originally apprenticed in engineering but switched to cabinet-making in the mid-1980s. Having come from a family with a strong musical background, and always having had a love of anything which made use of the skills I have in my hands, the inspiration to make my first classical guitar came from my son’s playing of the instrument.View Maker
Kevin Aram grew up in the coal mining village of Clipstone in Nottingham, England. Kevin started his guitar making career repairing and restoring instruments. This gave him the opportunity to examine some of the finest instruments in the world. Aram Guitars was established in 1978 where Kevin has concentrated on making guitars in the tradition of Torres and Hauser.View Maker
My work has been inspired by studying instruments I have had in for repair from some of the great makers of this century such as Hauser, Fleta, Aguado, Santos Hernandez, Simplicio, Archangel Fernandez, Ramirez, Rubio and Jose Romanillos.View Maker
I have worked with my hands, at various crafts, for most of my life both as a hobby and for a livelihood. An early fascination with materials, structures and aeroplanes in particular, led me take an engineering apprenticeship with Rolls-Royce eventually becoming a jet-engine designer.View Maker
My guitars owe their inspiration to the instruments of Antonio de Torres, Santos Hernandez and Hermann Hauser I. By combining design elements from these great makers with my own ideas I produce instruments which are traditional in style, lightly built and very responsive.View Maker
In 1977 after years of study Michael Gee opened his own workshop, making only classical guitars. Since those early days Michael has made over 500 guitars and sent his instruments to over 20 countries around the world.View Maker