About Brook Guitars
Martyn Booth, Guitarist Magazine.
‘Tasty designs, fab quality’ Jerry Uwins, Guitar Magazine.
'The Brook team really showcase British Luthiery at it’s best, paying a huge honour to our tonewoods’ Russell Welton, Acoustic Magazine.
From left: Andy Petherick, Si Smidmore, Jack Smidmore, Kev Buxton and Andy Hill.
Brook Guitars produce high quality handmade acoustic guitars in a rural workshop on the edge of Dartmoor in the South West of England. Over the years the area has become a centre for many musical instrument makers of all disciplines.
This has created a pool of skills, knowledge and facilities as well as providing a healthy interaction between makers unlikely to be found in other areas of the country.
After spending a number of years working with Andy Manson, one of the country’s longest standing and most respected luthiers, Simon Smidmore and Andy Petherick formed Brook Guitars, initially to produce A.B.Manson & Co.’s standard range of instruments allowing Andy to concentrate on his unique instruments.
Simon and Andy expanded the business, employed Simon’s son Jack, Kevin and occasional part-time staff to produce a range of their own instruments marketed under the name Brook Guitars and named after West Country rivers.
Three Brook customers have been voted ‘Guitarist of the Year’ along with Adrian Legg, another Brook owner, who was voted ‘Guitarist of the Decade’ by Guitarist magazine. Many professional players use their guitars and of course many customers who play purely for their own enjoyment.
This year is Brook Guitars 20th anniversary. They’ve built up an enviable reputation for quality and their continuing enthusiasm is clear to their customers, many who return for their second or third Brook!
A few quotes from customers:
“Brook guitars are a treat for me to play, they have a sweet sensitive response with the power and clarity I look for in an instrument. Great guitars.” Woody Mann.
"One of the few acoustic basses that really works." John Paul Jones.
"Thanks for your wicked guitars!" Adrian Utley.
"…A beautiful and stunning instrument…Thanks" Tim Rose.
"Thanks so much for the guitar" Graham Coxon.
"There is no perfect guitar, for me it is very much a case of affinity strengthened by time, with my new Brook I already feel very comfortable. Thanks to Andy and Simon for their personal attention" Pete Berryman.