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January News 2015

A quick mention of Robbie J’s CD launch –
If anyone would like to attend the event come along to
Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford on Avon, Tuesday 27th January,
you can expect an evening of fine guitar playing by Robbie and Dave Smith
and try a selection of Brook Guitars brought to you by the Shady Grove guys.

Robbie J

This little Clyst is just going up to Soundpad in Barnstaple.

Brook Clyst

We’ve had a few of our older instruments in for set ups this month:
This distinctive narrow bodied lacewood Tavy of Lucy’s that needed
a tweak of the trussrod,

Lucy's Brook Tavy Inlay

And this lovely little English walnut Bovey of Phil Bird’s
which suffered some damage to the top when he lent it out!

Englis Walnut Brook Bovey

Oops!  – Phil Ecclestone also had an unwelcome accident with his Taw,
we can’t expect to carry out an invisible repair this time without replacing the top,

Broken Brook Taw

Here’s stage one! More to come as we proceed.

Re-top of Brook Taw

Fabrice’s daughter took this photo of him playing his new Lyn
on this sunny day in Lavande, Provence.

Fabrice in Provence

Quite a lot of repairs again this month,
one interesting one was a refret on this immaculate Hofner Verithin,

Hofner Verithin

And here’s Andy doing a neck reset on a resonator.

Reso Neck Set at Brook Guitars

Back to that David Oddy tenor guitar re-neck,
Marc thought it would look great with a black top,
rather like the vintage Gibsons so we were happy to oblige,
here’s Andy spraying the first coats

Spraying at Brook Guitars

And the neck and body hanging to dry in the spray room.

Re-spray at Brook Guitars

Next month we’ll be able to show you some of the new guitars
for Intersound and Project Music along with some other interesting instruments
which are nearly ready to leave the workshop,
also hopefully an update on Robbie’s event at the Wiltshire Music Centre.

December News 2014

It’s been a busy month again. We got couple of batches of guitars out to the shops –
We completed these three for Ivor Mairants in London,

Three Brook Guitars for Ivor Mairants

Then we delivered these five to Project Music in Exeter.

Five Brooks for Project Music

Dave Smith came down for the mahogany Torridge he’d ordered,
Dave asked for a rosewood fingerboard, bridge and head veneer.

Dave Smith and his mahogany Brook Torridge

Here’s a full length photo,

Mahogany Brook Torridge

And a close up. It turned out a really nicely balanced, lively guitar!

Mahogany Torridge close up

While our weather is getting cooler Marcus headed out to India again
for a gig in Mumbai!

Marcus off to India

Simon Boulter came down from Bristol for a set up and a pickup
on his twelve year old Taw.

Simon Boulter and his Brook Taw

We also did a set up on this beautiful 015 maple Torridge we made back in 2003.

Sunburst Brook Torridge

This is one of our favourite sunbursts of all the guitars we’ve made over the years.

Sunburst Brook Torridge close up
Steve had a fairly drastic headstock break on this Taw,

Broken Headstock

We got it back together, you can’t see the damage and it’s playing like new again,
Steve was really pleased with the result!

Headstock Repair

Here’s an interesting project –
Marc sent us this fine David Oddy tenor guitar over from Switzerland.
He found he wasn’t using it as a tenor and asked us if we’d make up and fit
a short scale six string replacement – more of this next month….

David Oddy Tenor Guitar

Season’s Greetings to all our readers and see you next year!

November News 2014

We've just seen the first frost of the year and the orchard was white
when we arrived this morning.

A couple of weeks ago we sent this custom Torridge up to Richard in Nottingham,

Richard's Brook Torridge

Richard had sent us this design to inlay in the fingerboard.

Brook Torridge inlay

We’d found enough of this very old yew to make up a three piece back.

Brook Torridge yew three piece back

These four Brooks, an OM, Teign, Taw and Lyn, were collected by
Mike from Project Music in Exeter,

Brook OM, Teign, Taw and Lyn

Amongst them was this left-handed rosewood Lyn custom ordered through the shop.

Left Handed Brook Lyn

Here's the Lyn along with another standard one an early stage of the build,
showing the different bracing for the left-handed model.

Brook Lyn bracing

The customer wanted a rosewood head veneer and Waverly tuners.

Brook Lyn headstock with Waverly tuners

John here has a busy touring schedule as lead guitarist and singer
with Dire Straits tribute band Dire Streets,
He popped in to see us on the way down to their gig at St Ives Guildhall with the intention of ordering a walnut and cedar Taw - but couldn’t resist this Tamar.

John with Brook Tamar

Looking at the unusual figured oak back it’s not hard to see why!

Oak Brook Tamar

This red gum Tamar is going off to Julie in Gloucestershire
who custom ordered it through Intersound in Dursley.

Red gum Brook Tamar

Here’s a photo of Roseanne Ball playing her Lyn and in character
for her Halloween gig at Tapeley Park in North Devon!

Roseanne Halloween gig with Brook Lyn

This month we saw a couple of our older instruments:
Cams dropped in the Bovey we'd made for him back in 2003
for a set-up and some remedial work on the way down from Arran
for a short holiday in Cornwall with his family.

Cam's Bovey

We built this cherry Tavy for Rhyd in Whitstable in 2004,
we’ve just had it back to give it a complimentary set up,
the tone has developed over the years and it’s playing and sounding
even better now than when it left the workshop!

Rhyd Brook Tavy cherry cutaway

A new guitar still thinks it’s a tree ... but a played one knows it's an instrument!

October News 2014

To start off the October news I’d like to point you towards two new galleries we’ve
just added. We thought it would be nice to use just black and white photos for these. Hope you like them!

Brook Black and White Gallery

Tony came over from the Isle of Wight earlier in the year to choose woods
for this sitka spruce 015 Taw,

Sitka Spruce Taw

He chose Kew walnut for the back and sides,

Kew Walnut Taw

He went for a sound-port and of course it’s obligatory to take photos
of the inside workings through it!

Inside Brook Taw

Tony couldn’t come over to collect his Taw but sent us this photo.
We try not to blow our own trumpet too much on the site but he sent us a
message to say it was the easiest, nicest guitar he’s ever played!

Tony's Brook Taw

We’ve had a few international visitors and customers this month:
We had Tommy over from Sweden specifically to see us and order a Taw,
We had a Tavy order from Aaron in Australia and Tinker here came across
from Norway with his family, he’d been keeping an eye on the site for many years
and came over to order a Weaver.

In the Brook Workshop

Stephen came over from Switzerland to visit and bring along the Taw he’d bought from Ivor Mairants back in 2008, we were impressed that the action and set-up was still perfect after all those years.

Swiss Brook Taw

This has to be one of the grubbiest Brooks we’ve seen on our workshop benches,
It's a Tamar that came in for a set-up. I’m not naming names but the guilty party has been made aware that an occasional clean wouldn’t go amiss!
To be fair the guitar has spent a long time in hot and humid conditions in India where the unamed owner has been busy working on recordings with local musicians.

Grubby Brook Taw

Here’s the latest bubinga tenor uke, the owner’s well into double figures
with his collection of Brooks, hopefully a photo of Steve and some more
information when he collects it next month.

Brook Ukulele

Dave came down from Wiltshire to collect the latest two guitars for Shady Grove.

Shady Grove Brook Guitars

A walnut and Engelmann Taw along with a mahogany and cedar Lyn, if anyone’s interested in these head off to Shady Grove via our Links page.

Waltut Brook Taw and Mahogany Lyn

Now for a few of the many repairs we’ve been working on:
This battered Taw came down from Brighton with a broken headstock and
various dinks and damage, it’s now back together, looking a lot better
and back with its happy owner!

Battered Brook Taw

We also worked on these two fine vintage Nationals.

Two Vintage Nationals

See you next month.

September News 2014

Roseanna Ball is a fine singer/songwriter from North Devon, she picked up her new Lyn earlier in the month, here she is playing the first few tunes on it!

Rose and her Lyn

It has a beautiful figured bubinga back

Rose and her Lyn Rosebud Inlay
And a rosebud inlay on the 12th fret.

Rose and her lyn rosebud inlay fretboard

Rose asked us to soften the end of our standard slotted headstock shape with a gentle curve. We’ll look forward to some photos and YouTube clips of Rose and her Lyn in action in future months!

Rose and her Lyn Rosebud Inlay

Peter was interested in having a guitar made using some wood from his area.
He drove down the other day to spec out an O.M. from this English walnut
he’d sourced that came from Letheringsett churchyard in Norfolk.

Peter and his walnut

Andy’s sawing the walnut into sets.

Andy On his bandsaw

These two Brooks went out to Urs’ shop in Switzerland,

Two Brooks went out to Urs

The twelve string Tamar has English walnut back and sides and the six string Taw has walnut with a cherry book-matched centre stripe.

Urs with walnut backs

Urs asked for a cherry blossom inlay and Jack designed this for the headstock.

Urs cherry blossom inlay

We had a couple of nice ukes in for repair –
a koa Kamaka to sort out some intonation problems and fit a pickup,
and a vintage Regal for a neck set and new bridge.

two Ukes for repair

Talking of ukes here's Tony Hazzard live in concert with his much travelled
Brook
in Hondarrabia, Northern Spain, not far from San Sebastian.

Tony Hazard in concert

Phil and Anna were also gigging in Spain this month, Phil was using
his recently repaired Tamar. Here are the before and after shots!

before and after

And here are some photos of Phil and Anna playing at the festival in Catalonia.

Phil and Anna

The tall lime tree outside the workshop was trimmed the other week,

outside Brooks trees

That reminded us - it was planted in the early days of Brook Guitars,
here’s a photo of Andy and me in front of it when it was a little sapling,
twenty years ago.

Andy and Simon twenty years ago

And another of us in front of it now!

Andy and Simon Now

We made this Taw for Paul about five years ago, he came back this month and we upgraded the tuners to gold Gotohs.

Paul and his Taw

Pete from Celtic Chords in Stonehaven paid us a visit and picked up the latest maple Clyst for the shop.

Celtic Chords

Lastly - a couple of photos from the ‘Guitars on the Beach’ event at Lyme Regis
which I went along to with my guitar,

Guitars On The Beach

Three and a half thousand of us got together with Ian Gillan to play
‘Smoke on the Water’ in the hot sun,

Lyme Regis Guitars on the beach

All of which was rather good fun!

August News 2014

We’ll start the August news with a fine photo of Roger and his new Lyn 015
on the quayside in the Moray Firth village of Cullen.
Roger's a songwriter and plays guitar with local band Heatherstay.

Roger and Lyn

Here’s a full length shot of the guitar

lyn full length
And a close up of the Adirondack top,

Adirondack top

The reclaimed figured mahogany back

Mahogony back

And the 015 trim headstock with Waverly tuners.

headstock waverly tuners

Stuart from North Devon came to pick up his new Torridge,
living in Westward Ho on the Torridge estuary it was the obvious choice!
We laminated the neck from mahogany boards that Stuart had acquired
from a friend of his.

Stuart with his Lyn

We inlaid two very personal designs on the guitar – A rose on the headstock for his daughter

rose inlay headstock

And a monkey on the twelfth fret in memory of his son.

monkey inlay

Here’s Jack’s drawing with the woods chosen for the design

monkey design

Full length shot.

Torridge

Rich came down from Bridgewater and bought the mahogany Torridge
we had in the shop, we were very envious of his VW camper!

Richard with Torridge

This Clyst has also just gone up to Scotland,

clyst guitar

The second Adirondack top this month, it’s probably the finest tonewood we know of.
Hopefully we'll get a photo of Tim to add to next month’s news.

clyst close up

The final guitar taking the trip up to Scotland this month is this
sunburst twelve fret Teign.

sunburst tein

I’ve just found this photo from a few month's ago –
Martin Bell, the editor of our Babbling Brook magazine, came all the way down
from Staffordshire to play a fine set at Okehampton Acoustic Club.
Coincidentally - the club is situated right beside the Okement,
the river we named Martin’s guitar after!

Martin Oakhampton acoustic

As well as completing these guitars we’ve been fitting pickups
and taking on some tricky repairs:
We repaired rib damage to this Martin earlier in the month

martin repair

But that was a fairly minor problem compared to what happened to Phil Bird’s guitar,

Tamar repair

A monitor fell on the cutaway side of Phil’s beloved yew Tamar.
Here's an unexpected view of the label!
Check out next month to see how we fare with the repair!

Tamar repair

A few months ago it seemed to be all Telecaster repairs,
this month it appeared to be to be all Strats!

Strats

Here’s a link to Steve Benford’s website.
He has some beautiful recordings of Carolan tunes, give them a listen here!

Steve Benford

Steve Benford

Over the last month we’ve been gathering a collection of Brook YouTube
clips for our own channel. We hope the customers featured won’t mind.
Please get in touch if you’d rather not be included and
let us know if you’d like us to add a clip featuring your Brook.

Brook YouTube Channel


July News 2014

First of the mark in July is Shaun from Cheltenham who picked up
the Tavy featured in last month's news.

ShaunAndTed

Melvyn, from South London, came down and couldn't resist
the cherry Torridge we had in stock.

MelvynTorridge

John Stearn, another avid Brook collector and regular visitor, picked up his second rosewood Bovey. Here he is, making himself comfortable, in front of the workshop!

JohnBovey

This Ian Anderson model has just gone off to James in Odessa, Florida.

IAModel

These three Brooks are ready to go up to Intersound in Dursley,

ThreeForIntersound

From the left: an ovangkol Tamar, a bubinga Taw and a Yew Weaver.

TamarTawWeaver

Here's the latest Teign and Lyn for Promenade Music in Morecombe.

TeignLyn

We made this Tamar as a bouzouki five years ago, the customer asked us recently to convert it to a guitar, here it is with the old neck!

TamarBouzouki

We carried out some repair work on this fine Sobell cittern and a Harmony Sovereign for Jiggerypipery's Tony Bayliss.

HarmonySobell

That's it for the July news, for all of you preparing for a summer break, enjoy the sun!

June News 2014

We hope you’re enjoying the new website; we’re still working on it, please let us know if there are any problems and we'll try to sort them out as soon as possible.
So far we’ve had lots of positive feedback from our customers.

We had a feature on Brook collectors in the latest Babbling Brook.
Tony here is vying for pole position amongst them and is heading for double figures.
His latest is thisTaw

Tony's Taw

He asked Jack to design a kingfisher inlay for the headstock

Kingfisher Inlay for Brook Taw

Diving for a stickleback on the twelfth fret.

Stickleback Inlay

The back was a stunning set of English cherry along with Brazilian chestnut
using the same woods to laminate the neck.

Brook Guitar back Cherry With Brazilian Chestnut

We used this subtle red and black inlay for the rosette and purfling.

Brook Taw Red and black purfling

Talking of collections here’s a photo of David Hornsby’s family of Brooks up in Lincolnshire with his latest rosewood Lyn second from the left.

David Hornsby family of Brook Guitars

Shaun ordered a Tavy with this pearl inlay based on a pendant of his.

Shaun Inlay

Here the inlay in situ showing the sitka top

Shaun inlay With Sitka top

And here’s the red gum back.

Shaun guitar red gum back

John, a friend of ours, snapped up this second-hand Okement when it came up for sale,
he wanted a sunburst finish so we re-topped it and made up a new bridge.

sunburst Brook Okement

Along with all the other custom work this month Jack also inlaid another
oak twig out of yew on a rosewood Tavy for Michael from Redruth.

M inlay

OK - here we have two photos of two thirds of the ‘Shady Grove’ team.
Freddie and Colin have set up a small arts cooperative in Hampshire combining artwork, recording, photography as well as planning to sell some high end guitars, including a few of ours. Freddie and Colin don’t quite know if they should be
serious musicians (left) or hedonistic rock stars (right) Any votes?

Shady Grove

For those of you who have seen the interview in the latest Babbling Brook,
Rosa Rebecka has a special concert coming up at the Phoenix in Exeter on 13th July.
She’ll be introducing the Levin we rebuilt that belonged to her grandmother, she’ll be supported by The Resonance, a talented band of young local singers.


Rosa Rebecka

We completed this Tele style electric using superb Bare Knuckle pickups and parts, very cool!

Black Telecaster

Amongst the repairs this month we re-fretted this Les Paul copy and a Strat

Les Paul Copy of Strat repair

And glued the bridge back on this highly decorated Tanglewood,
then gave it a good set up.

Tanglewood bridge repair

See you next month!




May 2014

We'd like to let you know that issue 3 of Babbling Brook Issue 3
is now available to
download from the homepage, we go into more detail about our customers,
collectors and some of the instruments we've made over the years,
hopefully this will be of interest to you - let us know!
Many thanks to all the contributors and particularly to Martin Bell who puts it all together.

Brook Guitars babbleing brook

Clive works in Luxemburg and came over to pick up these two beauties earlier in the month,

Brook Guitars image

A sunburst Torridge and a Creedy,

Brook Creedy Guitar image

The Torridge was made of exotic walnut and the little Creedy was made of the old favourite
- the walnut from the tree that came down in Kew Gardens.

Brook Guitars Creedy

I've mentioned that we've been busy working on the new website
- here's a preview of the homepage, we're going to try and upload it in a couple of weeks
so apologies in advance if we have any teething troubles!
Please let us know if there are any problems.

Brook Guitars New Homepage image

Another preview here, this Lyn is for David from Lincolnshire,
he'll be down for it next month and we'll get a photo of him then,
but in the meantime here a shot of the figured rosewood back

Brook Guitars image

And a full length picture.

Brook Guitars image

Sandy took a 290 mile round trip to Celtic Chords to come back for this walnut Tamar,
Pete took this for us before Sandy left the shop for the long journey home.

Brook Guitars Sandy

Here's Tony Hazzard playing his Brook uke at the Cavern Club in Liverpool,
He assures us that he didn't play a single Beatles number,
Come on Tony you'd have to wouldn't you!

Brook Guitars Tony at the Cavern Club Liverpool

As for repairs -
This month we were mostly working on Telecasters.

Brook Guitars image

Finally - a photo of the orchard in blossom.

Brook Guitars workshop

See you next month on the new site with a bit of luck!

Brook Guitars alabone image

April 2014

We've had a busy month getting the new Babbling Brook ready and also working
on the new website which should be a lot more accessible on tablets and phones.

We completed a Taw for Shoreline in the States and we've just sent that one out.

Chris saw the Teign we featured in the March news and couldn't resist it!

Brook Guitars Chris

Another guitar we'd just made for stock, a Taw,
was snapped up as soon as we added it to the shop.
Jamie, a fine player from Wiltshire, came over and went away with this one up.

Brook Guitars Jamie

Here's a full frontal,

Brook Guitars Taw image

A close up of the European spruce top

Brook Guitars Taw close up

And a one of the English walnut back.

Brook Guitars Taw english walnut

Two more guitars we've added to the shop are this mahogany Torridge

Brook Guitars Torridge image

With a sitka top

Brook Guitars Torridge

And this Bovey.

Brook Guitars Bovey image

We don't make many of these so we thought it was about time we bought this
little travel guitar to people's attention. Go to the shop for details.

Brook bovey close up

Jack is on fine form as usual with this inlay as a memorial to
Joan and John Middleton's spaniel on John's Lowden.

Brook Guitars spaniel

Leon and Rob came down to the workshop for a quick set-up,
here they are with their two fine Tavys.

Brook Guitars Leone and Rob

Gareth Hedges brought his vintage Hofner in for some repair work,
we gathered some other arch-tops we have here together for a family shot!

Brook Guitars Archtops

We also reset the necks of these two vintage ukes for Gareth
- an Alvarez from Spain and a koa Hawaiian soprano.

Brook Guitars ukes

The finishing shop was given over briefly to spraying Andy's self-built
350 B40 BSA replacement frame before he put it back together.

Brook Guitars bike image

Here he is on the 350 mile MCC Lands End trial over the Easter weekend.
Both Andy and the bike survived intact and Andy got a gold medal,

Brook Guitars Andy with BSA bike

And here he is at the end of the trial at St Agnes
with his daughter Xanthia who also got a gold.

Brook Guitars Andy

We can't all be award winners but we'd like to thank all of you
who've chosen our award winning guitars!

See you next month.

March 2014

March 2014

This month we've four rather special custom guitars to show you:
Simon came down from Nottinghamshire to pick up his drop cutaway Tavy,

Brook Guitars image

Simon chose this dramatic cedar top

Brook Guitars Tavyimage

And matched it with the five thousand year old bog oak for the back and sides.

Brook Guitars Tavy image

There's a walnut laminated neck with a heel-cap inlay relating to the carbon dating of the oak,

Brook Guitars Tavy image

We used Jack's skills again with an oak leaf and acorn inlay in the fingerboard,

Brook Guitars Tavy inlay

Here's a close up,

Brook Guitars Tavy inlay

And one of the headstock with Gotoh antique gold 510 tuners.

Brook Guitars Tavy image

A couple of years ago we made a fan fretted Tavy for Jake Moutarde,
a fine young guitarist and songwriter from East Devon.
Here's a photo of him playing it recently at Mama Stone's in Exeter,

Jake Moutarde at Mama Stones

Here's Jake picking up his latest Tamar fan fret,

Brook Guitars Tamar

This time he went for a more extreme 630 mm / 660 mm scale length
with an offset oval sound-hole and textured percussive scratch-plate.

Brook Guitars image

Here's a full length shot

Brook Guitars full length image

And a close up of the back with the three piece ziricote and padouk back.
We continued the red theme with coloured purfling strips
along with red saddle, nut and pearl markers.

Brook Guitars Jeff back

Bob, as always, came up with a challenging design of his own:

Brook Guitars

His BC-1 model here had a sunburst Alpine spruce top with
gold mother of pearl purfling, rosette and position markers.

Brook Guitars image

Bob supplied the stunning Macassar ebony back and sides,

Brook Guitars Bob back

The maple bound slotted headstock is fitted with Waverly tuners.

Brook Guitars Bob Headstock

Our fourth guitar is a Teign we've just built for stock using our
one remaining set of, fairly plain, reclaimed Brazilian rosewood.
This is likely to be the last Brook we make out of Rio because of the restrictions.

Brook Guitars Teign

Jack inlaid this Harris Hawk on the headstock.

Brook Guitars inlay

In addition to these four fine guitars this Taw and Tavy went up to Project Music.
Lee came to pick them up so we took a quick photo outside the workshop.

Brook Guitars Andy Lee

Steve came over from Somerset for his cutaway rosewood Lyn

Brook Guitars Stephen lyn.

We set up these two fifteen year old Brooks which are standing
the test of time well and sounding great!

Brook Guitars Two Oldies

Tony Hazzard came to have a pickup fitted in his Brook uke.

Brook Guitars Tony

This photo of Tom Cutler and his son Jed was taken on the South Downs by James Clarke,
Jed's playing the banjo and Tom's playing the custom parlour guitar we made for him a while back.

Brook Guitars Tom and Jed

We haven't had much time to sit and strum though,
As you can see it's been a busy month,
We'll round it off very nicely with two of Phil Taylor's latest videos,
The first with his Torridge and the second with his Lyn:

One Year On

The Week Before Easter

Brook Guitars alaboneimage

February 2014

Bendigo braved the floods to pick up his new Lyn Here he is amongst the snowdrops in the orchard. Note the Brooklyn tee shirt!

Brook Guitars Brooklynimage

Here's the ziricote back

Brook Guitars Ziricote image

And the 'V' decoration at the tail end shows off the great combination
of the ziricote framed by the koa binding.

Brook Guitars image

Laine brought us down this excellent fruit cake designed for the occasion,
not forgetting some very welcome fine wine to toast the new baby!

Brook Guitars image

Here's a full length shot showing the torch inlay and abalone purfling
which also surrounded the fingerboard.

Brook Guitars image

This Tamar has just gone out to Urs, our Swiss distributor,

Brook Guitars tamar

Urs supplied the renowned and rare Alpine 'moon' spruce,

Brook Guitars Bog oak

The headstock sported the fancy Roberts tuners.
The fingerboard, bridge and head veneer were bog oak

Brook Guitars Roberts Tuners

Along with the back.

Brook Guitars oak tamar

As you can see from the headstock of this little Creedy,
it's another guitar we've completed this month with a bog oak
fingerboard, bridge and head veneer,

Brook Guitars Creedy image

We've used the 'fruit & nut' combination again with a mix of
Kew walnut and cherry,

Brook Guitars creedy image

Chris from Oxfordshire asked for his name on the
heel cap to match to his last Brook, a Taw.

Brook Guitars creedy

We had to fill the old saddle slot and cut a fresh one on this
1970 Zemaitas to improve the intonation.
This is just one of a number of vintage guitars owned by guitarist Gareth Hedges
who's plan is to record his next album using as many of his collection as possible.

Brook Guitars image


This collector's instrument has the shallowest neck profile
we've ever come across on an acoustic.

Brook Guitars image


Here's that re-spray we showed on the bench last month. We have here a
Manson body based on a Strat with a Jerry Bix neck, Burns Brian May pickups,
resprayed black by us. That makes it a Mansobixoburnsobrookocaster doesn't it?
Lucky we didn't have to inlay it on the headstock!

Brook Guitars strat    image

We haven't suffered as much as Somerset with the floods,
it has come up over our bridge a few times though,
here are a few photos of the brook in full flood!

Brook Guitars floods

As you can see it made access to the workshop a little tricky

Brook Guitars floods image

And we lost a couple of mature trees which ended up mid-stream

Brook Guitars floods

Over in the States bad weather was the culprit when Julie Watson's Taw
survived being filled with water when a pipe burst due to severe freezing,
luckily, with some careful drying out, the only sign of damage was
a little discolouration down near the tail end -
it definitely puts a good case for modern glues and finishes!

Brook Guitars taw image

Some more fine playing from Robbie to end the February news -
a hurdy gurdy tune

Halsway Schottische

Brook Guitars alabone

January 2014

We had a welcome winter break and came back in the New Year with the resolution
of getting the bulk of repairs that had been building up out of the way.
First of all though we had to complete these three instruments for Forsyth's in Manchester,

Brook Guitars image

And these two, a walnut Tamar and a bubinga Torridge for Celtic Chords,

Brook Guitars walnut

They'll be going up to Stonehaven in the next couple of days.

Brook Guitars celtic chords image

I thought I'd start off this year's news by giving you a quick trip around the
workshop and give you a snapshot view of what we're up to right now.

No artificial tastefully arranged wood shavings,polished chisels
or expensive miniature planes, just simple photos of what's going on.

Jack's working on the next batch of Brooks, here are the sides on his shelf,

Brook Guitars Jack Shelf

The tops and backs are in the drying room

Brook Guitars backs and tops

And he's preparing the bracing on his bench.

Brook Guitars Struts

Kevin's cutting out neck blanks and sanding the bodies ready for dovetailing.

Brook Guitars Kevs Bench

He's clamped the head veneers onto these necks

Brook Guitars clamps

And here are more bodies in the process of being sanded.

Brook Guitar bodies

Upstairs in the spray room Andy's getting ready to spray.
I've just carved the necks and given the guitars a final sanding,

Brook Guitars spray room

He's just taken out a midi pickup, resprayed and polished this Manson electric.

Brook Guitars Andys Bench

Andy's also working on resetting the neck angle on this Dobro

Brook Guitars dobro image

While I've been setting up this ornate banjo.

Brook Guitars bench image

In our display room we're currently working on two sets of plans for a
new guitar shaped mandolin and an octave mandolin.

Brook Guitars image plans

Back to those repairs:
We glued the bridge back on and re-fretted this Gibson,
and fixed a broken headstock on this Lowden,

Brook Guitars gibson lowdon image

This old Guild 12 string received a well deserved neck re-set and is now
a good deal more comfortable to play!

Brook Guitars Guild Guitar


Well that's most of the repairs out of the way,
with a bit of luck we'll be able to concentrate on building Brooks next month!


This month's links include two videos with a theme:
Robbie starts us off with the seasonally apt
The Month of January


Next Phil Taylor takes us back to A Week in September
inspired by a trip to Cornwall last year which coincided with him picking up his custom Lyn.


Paul Rogers sent us a link to this fine song of his

Come Over To Me played on his

Tamar




Steve Moutarde sent us this link to his son Jake's site, Steve's been working on this animation of Jake's fan fretted Tavy.



Jake's Tavy

See you next month