One of my earliest memories - holding my red plastic guitar - the windmill was playing... Suddenly realised I was playing along & it sounded 'right'.
I went to the local guitar maker and asked if he could teach me. He said no but said a guitar manufacturer had just moved to Coventry. I knocked on the door & they said 'if only you'd come yesterday!' Some weeks later I got a call "still want the job?"... I jumped at the chance.
I made the most of it. I learned a lot from great guitar makers like Patrick, Rob, and Trevor. I used to stay behind at dinner time, draw guitars on my bench and then make them. The team at Patrick Eggle was like a big family – I think we were all just happy to be there!
Made 10 guitars & all 18 BYOers came. Prize in the NME. Got spotted by Guitarist. Chance put our stand opposite Martin Taylor's and we were invited to his festival in Scotland to do a demo.
Features editor Matt Swaine came on the course and reported back to the magazine. Originally a two pager, but the 'swainer matt-o-caster' build took up four. An overwhelming response... we were blown away.
In the end we ran it with just one student as he was so keen... in his garage. Little did we know then that it would be the first of many in Scotland.
LSR tuners were difficult to get hold of, so we became the European distributor. Sadly no longer in production.
After attending the Kirkmichael Int. Guitar Festival for three years running, it got harder to leave every time. We decided to move up just before the next KIGF so we didn't have to.
Dave came on our BYO course and got the bug. Using his engineering skills and what he learnt on the course he created some excellent devices which we still use today to make some of our production models.
First build in tent - 13 hrs – Tommy etc. The first live build in a very short timescale – start from scratch Fri night... played on Sunday in festival finale... by Tommy Emmanuel... no pressure then.
Took the workshop to Italy to run a course – Vito built a guitar and played it at the finale.
First live build at a major show.
Met Barry of Torres Amps at a show... seemed like a perfect match so offered use of our workshop for a course or two.
Fastest build - two days, less than ten hours.
Access to the workshop goes viral... a whole new way of working.
New website & shop. A huge project and major step forward for us...
Finally this is available...