News Archive 2002
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the final bulletin of the year we thought we'd introduce you to Michael
Watts. As a previous winner of the 'Guitarist of The Year' competition
it goes without saying that he is a superb fingerstyle player.
picture highlights the lovely cedar top and drop cutaway on his new Tamar but
it also conceals other features of this unique guitar
the front we can see clearly the unorthodox through bridge
in this shot we can see that he has opted for the gorgeous American Red
Gum back and sides to compliment the cedar top
requested his Tamar
built to these specifications after being particularly impressed by a
previous guitar we'd made using the same woods combination
Quite often a customer will approach us having played one of our guitars
with this same idea ("I'd like it to be similar to that one... but
with x,y,z personal finishing touches") Needless to say we try to
accomodate all requests and this guitar highlights how personalised our
instruments can be.
Michael now lives in Greece and now that he has received his new guitar
he has just started recording in a studio there for his latest CD. We're
sure it will be as lively and colourful as the Tamar
Guitar specs: Red Gum (back and sides) Cedar (top) with Rosewood bridge,
Ebony fingerboard, Rio head veneer, Koa, Maple and Rosewood purflings
is Tony Kerry
like Tony Kerry a lot because he came to our workshop to order a guitar...
and ended up ordering THREE!
detailed breakdown of Tony's proud haul is:
(with cutaway) 015
1 Indian Rosewood Taw
a shot of the Tavy
here's a pic of us helping Tony to hear them all played simultaneously
is with regret that we bring you the news of the death of Tim Rose
Tim Rose 1940 - 2002
was a friend and customer since we met him over five years ago. This picture
was taken when he visited us to pick up his guitar.
He'll probably be remembered as the guy who did the version of 'Hey Joe'
which Jimi Hendrix picked up on and had huge success with, but Tim would
probably rather you remembered him by listening to his own inimitable
voice on songs such as Natural Thing
is a condolences page at Tim's own website for those who would like to leave a message
afraid we've been found guilty of experimenting again:
content with the usual fare of top notch acoustics, this month we've also
turned out this interesting instrument (seen here at an early stage)
another of those half-banjo half-bouzouki thingies (see News item for
Feb 2002) only this time we gave it some cutaways and finished it in high
gloss black with a lot of ornamentation.
a shot of the back
here's Andy playing the finished article.
that's a Rock'n'Roll banjo!
Maybe we should do a 6 string version
made some nice guitars recently which have winged their way to Ivor Mairants'
music shop in London: the list of instruments is as follows
in Indian Rosewood and Sitka
in Yew and Sitka
in European Maple and Sitka Tavy
Ovangkol and Sitka
due to the high demand for our guitars these ones left here in such a
hurry we forgot to take pictures before they were packed off. This has
left us short of a news bulletin.
a friend and customer of ours dropped by with a child's metal guitar he
had found in a waste skip
that's not a typical Brook instrument by any stretch of the imagination:
it's pink and yellow and it's made of metal
Simon couldn't resist sticking some tuning pegs on it though and stringing
it up and guess what... it actually sounds great played with a slide!
we'll start making our own line of these things? We could certainly have
some fun with the colour schemes!
To try out the real McCoys, Ivor Mairants is on Rathbone Place in London,
just off Oxford Street
recently decided that we needed to upgrade some of the pictures on our
website - we've been snapping away at our guitars, our workshop and our
customers for years now but not being expert photographers we've always
been wrestling the problems of bad light and unwanted reflections here
and there and the result was that we felt we were not doing the guitars
we decided to get a professional in and do the job properly. Enter Colin
White from the photography department at the National Gallery in London.
thought that if Colin takes pictures of the artistic treasures to be found
in the National Gallery then maybe he could give us a few tips on how
to photograph our works. We were not wrong; and he also showed us a load
of equipment we didn't understand. We're going to be adding the results
to this website over the next few weeks so let us know if you like what
of the new pictures may end up in an exhibition in London which Colin
is working on; we'll keep you posted on the details.
we're on an artistic note - we also did this rather eye-catching inlay
of a kingfisher recently on the headstock of one of our Boveys
and we did suggest to Colin that he take it back and get it framed and
hung up in the National Gallery
Mark Douglas from Ohio, who ordered this inlay work, didn't see it that
way and insisted on having it shipped over the Atlantic!
is certainly one to stand out in a crowd. It shows that
highly figured Koa from Hawaii is not only a fine wood for the back and
sides of an instrument but is also an excellent and striking choice for
the top of the guitar. Needless to say this produces a distinctive tone
picture shows the instrument at the stage where the neck is being joined
to the body.
here is a close up of the same guitar once it's been strung up
stuff that Koa!
unlike any other we've built before. It comes with some intricate black
pearl inlay on the top, soundhole and fretboard and a stunning black gloss
finish to boot (you may have noticed that already!)
no, before you ask, this wasn't commissioned by Johnny Cash (although
we'd be happy to build him one)
This model belongs to Brook collector, Steve Bennett who has recently added
this model to his ever-expanding list of Brook guitars. See Steve's entry
in our for more details on Steve's guitars
12th to the 14th of April we attended the annual gathering of the RMMGA
UK guitar newsgroup at Hargate Hall in Buxton, Derbyshire. It was a heart-warming
experience and it was great to talk guitars again with some of the folks
we met here last year. You can tell from this shot that these guys are
being forced to smile... can't you?
took along some guitars for the attendees to enjoy and they seemed to
be very well appreciated.
more info on the RMMGA check them out at https://www.rmmga.org
or take a look at the newsgroup on Usenet:
For some further pics check out
month we have received a copy of the latest CD from the Famous Jug Band
pictured below, with Pete Berryman and hisTavy
right at the front.
think it's a fantastic piece of work and is thoughtfully dedicated to
Henry, the Jug player, who died last August.
can be a strange month: it's been raining a lot round here and it gets
dark early. So we've been doing a bit of experimenting recently to stave
off the winter blues. These pictures are of a hybrid instrument (Half
banjo, half bouzouki) which we've been working on for Howard Yates
is certainly not a typical Brook instrument but we try to accomodate the
needs of the players out there if we feel we have the expertise... and
if we just fancy the challenge of such a one-off novelty as this! Back
to guitars for March; we promise!
view from the back of the instrument displays the fact that all our necks
are hand carved to achieve the ultimate playability which our clients
have come to expect of our guitars (or banjo-bouzoukis for that matter)
a little more should do it...
a look at the Yates Brothers pictures in our Gallery
to see how this one turned out.
we needed a good way to start the year and we were scratching our heads
trying to think of one and then what happens? ...Adrian Legg decides that
he'd rather like one of our Creedy
Parlour guitars. Wow!
were happy to oblige, of course (as well as feeling honoured that such
a gifted player has chosen to play one of our instruments)
a pic of the happy couple - we believe they're currently doing a spot
of recording together. Maybe we'll give you a sneak preview of some of
that material in the Gallery
a little bit later.
the moment, we'd just like to welcome Adrian aboard and we hope he gets
many years of enjoyment and inspiration from his new Brook instrument.
seems that the Creedy
having a bit of an exposure explosion at the moment - we also just heard
that it won "best guitar of the year" in the 'over £900' category
in "The Guitar" magazine roundup for 2001.
hoping it continues to win such illustrious admirers in 2002