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What are the major UK guitar manufacturers?


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America made the guitars, England made the amps. It was a match made in rock and roll heaven.

 

Up to a point, sir ...

 

I have a VERY soft spot for Vox, but my first-call amp is (almost) always gonna be a Fender, preferably my beloved old Super Reverb.

 

Marshalls? Love what (some) other people do with (some of) them, but they majorly don't work for me ...

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A lot of the reason, whilst we're here, is UK guitar manufacturers are usually blokes in their garage doing custom orders (not a universal assessment, just the majority). Not very many have import or cheaper lines. Plus there's not many UK guitar builders with the cachet of Fender, Gibson, etc. Well, that the average Denmark Street punter would have heard of. I remember trying to sell some bloke a Gordon Smith over an Epiphone LP Custom back in the day and he wasn't even wanting to try it.

 

Put it this way, if I was looking for a new axe myself, I can't think of one British brand that would jump loud enough to attact my attention.

 

Also... didn't JJ used be a German outfit by the name of JJ Hucke? He used to make shredder axes... the nightbreed and the destroyer and so on!

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just out of interest, the luthier I buy from here in Bangkok has been mounting a major push into the UK and Japanese market with great success.

 

Advantage?

Quality products at good prices.

Disadvantage?

He has stopped making some of the more complex hollowbodies and concentrates on solids that can be built more quickly at the same quality.

 

You could not do what he is doing if you manufactured in UK as costs and wages are way too high.

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The de-industrialisation of the UK has been in effect for over 4 decades now. The skills that were once in abundance, can still be found, but mostly in small engineeering establishments. The last generation of those who learned their skills working on large projects, for large firms, are reaching retirement age, and they are going to take there knowledge to the grave with them. Since 1979, successive UK Governments have only been interested in soft skill employment areas, such as financial and service sectors. We can't even build a coal fired power station any more, never mind nuclear one's.

 

While I agree with the majority of your sentiments the idea that skills are dying with the older generations in not, in my opinion true. I am a rarity in my group of friends in that I work in manufacturing, I'm a cabinet maker and specialist joiner. I have not studied the subject but was lucky to get a place with one of London's big boys in the bespoke furniture trade as a trainee. I have learnt everthing from those who are older and more experienced than me. Every site I go to I see younger guys learning from older guys.

 

However, the company I work for is classed as a small business, two partners and 12 makers. Yet the turnover is high. I agree that it's a bit of a sham when we can't even oversee the building of our own power stations and Olympic arenas.

 

Back on topic, I'm seriously thinking of going into making guitars over the next couple of years. My business plan can only start with one-off, custom, high priced orders. I think that is the nature of the guitar manufacturing business now. If I want to cater for a bigger market it's all about off shore production et al.

 

There are great luthiers and small guitar companys in GB, many already mentioned, I would throw Fylde acoustics, Nathan Sheppard into the mix as well. I think it is close to impossible for a company to rise to the heights of Fender and Gisbon nowerdays, these guys were trail blazers, built up over time and in tandem with the birth of modern music.

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Not to mention Cornford ... very well regarded amongst the harder-rockin' fraternity, used and endorsed by Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan, Dweezil Zappa, Justin Hawkins, Cobalt Stargazer, Frank Gambale, Greg Howe, Porl Thompson etc etc ...

 

I knew there was a brand I'd forgotten.

 

 

 

As for Indie, Vintage, Stagg etc, none of them are made here: you might as well name the house brand of a dozen or more shops.

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Encore are probably the UKs biggest guitar maker, though they have parts manufactured all over the world.

Brand name of John Hornby Skewes

They are low to mid level budget guitars emminently playable if you select carefully I have 3 of them and like them a lot 2 HSS strat copieis and an altogether different pointy HH rocker. The ones they had made in India are surprisingly cult items these days and there is a Jackson Pollock strat that is also sought after.

Trevor Wilkinson does a lot of work with the company.

here is a recent ebay listing for the Pollock item which I have seen several of despite the sellers claim of uniqueness.

 

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Encore-St...p2047675.l2557

 

 

And Here is a random page from their catalog

https://www.jhs.co.uk/brands/encore?p=4

 

ps I see in the catalog they have a handful of about 8 dealers in the US if you want to try one

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I want to buy a secend hand guitar frome some one but he is saying that his guitar is an english handmade guitar but I cant find this type of guitar in any site. I cant even read its name becouse Im not native english speaker.

could hou please look at my post and tell me if you know about this guitar brand?

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"I want to buy a secend hand guitar frome some one but he is saying that his guitar is an english handmade guitar but I cant find this type of guitar in any site. I cant even read its name becouse Im not native english speaker.

could hou please look at my post and tell me if you know about this guitar brand?"

 

The headstock on your pic reads "CRYPT"

 

That is not a maker I can find, even in this comprehensive list

https://www.guitar-list.com/allgear

 

It was probably a one off guitar made with a death metal player in mind so I imagine humbuckers and skull/ RIP type graphics?

It seems you will have to try playing it and make and make an individual decision, to buy or not. it is very unlikely you will find a review.

C.

 

 

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Lowden make (made?!) great acoustic guitars. In a truly cruel twist of fate...I walked into a thrift shop and saw a BEAUTIFUL Lowden lying on the counter in a plush velvety case. (Made in Ireland from before they moved to Japan!). Wow!!

"How much do you want for this?" 

"70 dollars"

"I'll take it!" (Freakin dancing inside).

"Oh sorry...someone  just bought it, he's just gone to pay the cashier"

Damn....

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