Who do you consider to be the UK's top guitar builders?

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AnchorboyAnchorboy Frets: 252
edited August 8 in Guitar
Just as a topic of conversation .. If you were buying a "Made in the UK" Electric guitar - who would you go to?

Can be partcaster/assembler or genuine luthier


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  • FelineGuitarsFelineGuitars Frets: 6385
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    Carillion Guitars

    Many guitars have a re-sale value. Some you'll never want to sell.
    Stockist of Earvana nuts, BKP, Oil City And Monty's pickups. Sperzel, Tonepros, Gotoh and Graphtech too!
    Expert guitar repairs and upgrades - fretwork our speciality! www.felineguitars.com.  Facebook too!

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  • earwighoneyearwighoney Frets: 1886
    Cleartone Conversions.
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  • WhitecatWhitecat Frets: 2507
    edited August 10
    Fidelity
    Josh Parkin
    Rob Williams
    Feline

    I own examples from half of the aforementioned... but someday hope to tick them all off the list, so to speak. 

    NB - this is all talking electrics, for acoustics I am less knowledgeable, but Lowden look like they know what they are doing... edit, and oh yeah, Atkin of course!
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  • danishbacondanishbacon Frets: 545
    Jeff Beer - Zero One Guitars
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  • Cleartone Conversions.
    Yesssssssssssss
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  • I couldn’t afford one  but I like the storm shadow guitars especially the charvel looking ones .

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  • ennspekennspek Frets: 1120
    For me, Eggle.
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  • octatonicoctatonic Frets: 21931
    Stefan Sobell on the acoustic side.

    "And what would humans be without love?"
    “RARE, said Death.”

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  • Taran Guitars


    Feline


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  • Moe_ZambeekMoe_Zambeek Frets: 2517
    Probett. 

    I like the look Jaydee’s SGs as well, though I’ve not played one. 

    Mike Vanden made some amazing jazz guitars.
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  • KalimnaKalimna Frets: 552
    Probett, Feline, Baccus and StoneWolf, in no particular order although Stonewolf are probably the most original, designwise, there.
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  • prlgmnrprlgmnr Frets: 1191
    edited August 8
    Waghorn, Carillion, Feline, Daemoness, Gray, Patrick Eggle

    This is only going on reputation as I've had my hands on exactly 0 UK made instruments that weren't Gordon Smiths.

    As far as putting my money in goes I've had a deposit in with Daemoness for two years and five months.
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  • axisusaxisus Frets: 13397
    Personally I'd go for Feline for something new and shiny and Jeff Beer for an awesome relic.

    I could name someone to avoid!
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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 15748
    Anchorboy said:
     If you were buying a "Made in the UK" guitar - who would you go to?
    Mark Bailey made the best guitar that I have, so I'd certainly be talking to him if I was in the market for something like that again.

    Like "what" exactly, you might ask?

    Like "exactly what I asked for"!

    He built exactly what I asked for in terms of looks, sounds and feel.  It wasn't a blue version of his model XX1, or model YY1 but with different p'ups, or (etc) - ie a variation on a standard model.  It was a one-off (well, tbh, it was the second-off).

    So I'd trust him to do something similar again.

    If I was after something more standard, and wanted to see examples of the luthier's work beforehand, and talk to other customers, than I'd be heading to Feline for LP-alikes, or another builder for types that they specialise in.
    :)
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  • OilCityPickupsOilCityPickups Frets: 4592
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    Feline .... for producing masterpieces on a classic theme.
    Carillion ... for doing awesome things with gorgeous wood.
    Stonewolf ... for being totally original and gloriously 'off the wall'.
    Professional pickup winder, horse-testpilot and recovering Chocolate Hobnob addict.
    Formerly TheGuitarWeasel ... Oil City Pickups  ... Oil City Blog

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  • stevebrumstevebrum Frets: 4881
    Terry Morgan...

     ;) 
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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 6285
    Apart from older Gordon Smiths, the only UK guitars I've tried are Feline, which are marvellous.  I very much like the look of Eggle's current models, Probett and Ivison guitars.

    Hadn't heard of Carillion until this thread, the designs are a bit modern for me but the workmanship looks extremely impressive.
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  • StevepageStevepage Frets: 1007
    Feline
    Daemoness
    Carillion
    Waghorn
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  • dickieguitardickieguitar Frets: 234
    42nd Street.

    Bit biased because I'm thinking of selling one, but it is stunning.
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  • skullfunkerryskullfunkerry Frets: 706
    stevebrum said:
    Terry Morgan...

     ;) 
    I totally read that as 'Terry Wogan' :lol:

    I played a Feline for the first time on Tuesday, and I'm currently trying to think of a way to afford it...
    Too much gain... is just about enough \m/

    I'm probably only member of this forum mentioned by name in Whiskey in the Jar

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  • Marshall_staxMarshall_stax Frets: 138
    prlgmnr said:
    Waghorn, Carillion, Feline, Daemoness, Gray, Patrick Eggle

    This is only going on reputation as I've had my hands on exactly 0 UK made instruments that weren't Gordon Smiths.

    As far as putting my money in goes I've had a deposit in with Daemoness for two years and five months.
    You've a little way to go as far as waiting for your Daemoness goes. I put my deposit down in 2013. Guitar was finished last week!


    All the right notes, not always in the right order!
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  • Winny_PoohWinny_Pooh Frets: 3766
    Probett look awesome but have never played one. I really like the recent Gordon Smith models.
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  • AnchorboyAnchorboy Frets: 252
    *Edited .. for clarification I'm talking electrics
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  • octatonicoctatonic Frets: 21931
    Probett look awesome but have never played one. I really like the recent Gordon Smith models.
    They had massive quality issues a while back.
    Have they been sorted?

    "And what would humans be without love?"
    “RARE, said Death.”

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  • prlgmnrprlgmnr Frets: 1191
    prlgmnr said:
    Waghorn, Carillion, Feline, Daemoness, Gray, Patrick Eggle

    This is only going on reputation as I've had my hands on exactly 0 UK made instruments that weren't Gordon Smiths.

    As far as putting my money in goes I've had a deposit in with Daemoness for two years and five months.
    You've a little way to go as far as waiting for your Daemoness goes. I put my deposit down in 2013. Guitar was finished last week!


    Yeah I had a feeling I'd be waiting a little while yet.

    I was quoted 30 months before the build would start at the time.
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  • fretmeisterfretmeister Frets: 11028
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    Hello darkness my old friend.


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  • octatonicoctatonic Frets: 21931
    prlgmnr said:
    Waghorn, Carillion, Feline, Daemoness, Gray, Patrick Eggle

    This is only going on reputation as I've had my hands on exactly 0 UK made instruments that weren't Gordon Smiths.

    As far as putting my money in goes I've had a deposit in with Daemoness for two years and five months.
    You've a little way to go as far as waiting for your Daemoness goes. I put my deposit down in 2013. Guitar was finished last week!


    That is insane.
    Dylan is an amazing builder though.

    "And what would humans be without love?"
    “RARE, said Death.”

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  • ChuckManualChuckManual Frets: 619
    I liked the one Feline I've played, I've liked every Eggle I've ever played, but I'm going to nominate http://www.caseguitars.co.uk purely because no-one else has yet...
    Not much of the gear, even less idea.
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  • Moe_ZambeekMoe_Zambeek Frets: 2517
    octatonic said:
    Probett look awesome but have never played one. I really like the recent Gordon Smith models.
    They had massive quality issues a while back.
    Have they been sorted?
    I think we should clarify that it was Gordon Smith that had the quality issues, not Probett...
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  • Eric_CEric_C Frets: 1
    edited August 8
    SVL Guitars...Simon Law knows his stuff and builds amazing guitars. His attention to detail is what I was looking for in a Strat and with Mark Foley's pickups its the perfect combination.   
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