I recently filmed the below clip for part 2 of the 'Badger' guitar build video. For those who are interested, I used Digislider's 2 axis camera slider to fire the camera and provide the panning. In total I took over 1200 photos that were then combined in Apple's excellent Final Cut Pro X. The full 'Part 2' video will be up soon...
Behind the scenes...
Guitar Interactive (www.iguitarmag.com) have just launched their latest issue (No.40) with a host of special features on Brian May and his guitars. As well as an in depth 2 part video interview with Brian himself, there is also an equally in depth 2 part video on Brian's touring guitars. Guyton guitars feature quite heavily in part 2.
Most of the work has been carried out by WWRY guitarist, Jamie Humphries, and he's done a sterling job, particularly with the relaxed interview with Brian. Don't forget, check out issue 40 of Guitar interactive on www.iguitarmag.com
See the video below for an excerpt of the main guitar rundown...
I've been meaning to update the blog for months now, but time has been scarce, and I have been especially busy with repairs as well as guitar building. As well as this entry, I shall be updating again tomorrow with another BM related post. Another 'Badger building of' video should be uploaded soon as well.
Swiss band, The Hectorz, using one of the ten Guyton Brian May 'green' special guitars. Great to see one being used for something other than Queen covers. Thanks to Chris the guitarist for permission to use this video.
I recently had the pleasure of working on another guitar for local band, The Darkness. The Guitar in question is a Gibson 3 pickup Les Paul that was originally built for Jimmy Page. Dan has now acquired the guitar and it was brought in by his guitar tech Ian for a replacement nut and a complete electrical overhaul. Beautiful thing!
I have updated the social media icons on the homepage. We now have Youtube and Instagram links to join the others. Please follow, like and subscribe. Content is a little thin on the ground at the moment, but I will be uploading some more content to the Youtube channel very shortly.
First of all to anyone who bothers to read my measly blog.....apologies for the lack of content. Work has been fiercely busy and I have been flat out with some new ideas.
It'll be the end of an era very shortly when the last two Red Specials leave the workshop. It's been many years since I started making the 50 guitars. I've learnt a lot of things. How to do certain things properly and also how NOT to do certain things. I've met and made friends with many interesting people. I've been asked more than once if I would ever tackle this again, and my answer is always YES..... but I would do it differently. Before anyone asks, I won't be making another run of Red Specials. They've run their course.
In the meantime, Will and I have been beavering away building the run of 5 Guyton BM 'Badger' guitars. We have had many great positive comments on the guitar thanks to Pete and Brian's glowing endorsements. Many of you will have seen the Brian May rig rundown video, but here it is again to refresh memories....
Great to see the Guyton green prototype there too!
Today I uploaded the first in a series of 'making of' videos featuring the 'Badger' guitar. I have always enjoyed shooting stills and video, but was unable to get my head around video editing software......until I rediscovered iMovie. Great software, no glitches or freezing, just works smoothly every time and is a breeze to use for an editing idiot like me. ;-)
Many thanks for all the kind comments regarding the video, and all the sharing done on social media. It's something I'm going to get more and more into as the months go by.
Please view the video below...
OK, new ideas! I've been working hard on something very special for the last 3 years. I can't say too much at the moment, but there has never been anything built quite like these guitars. They are going to be spectacular and a presentation will soon be making it's way to one of the biggest names on the planet! News will be very scarce for a while, but I will update as and when I can. VERY exciting!!
Guyton Red Special No.34 has just become available. Delivery will be towards the end of March (subject to case deliveries)
Anyone who is interested should use the contact page for pricing and further details.
This guitar is now SOLD!
Ok, it's voting day for the Peoples Millions. We're after as many votes and shares as possible. It's a great cause and they have worked tirelessly to get to the final six. It all rests now on getting as many votes as possible. The Unity centre will be broadcast on Anglia TV from 6pm tonight.
Phone numbers are as follows...
If calling from a landline - 09015 228211
If calling from a mobile - 6228211
Choose - Option 1. Voting is from 9am till midnight.
I believe you can vote as many as 10 times per phone line.
Back to guitars next week. ;-)
On Tuesday the 25th November, my wife's charity, The Unity centre will be up for voting on the Peoples millions award.
The Unity centre is a charity set up by my wife three years ago to help adults with mild to moderate learning difficulties.
Here's the link to their website
They have recently earned their way onto the televised vote to be broadcast at 6:30pm on Anglia television.
Here is the link to The Peoples millions....I know it can be a hassle, but if as many as possible of you could support and share on Facebook & Twitter it would help enormously.
On Tuesday morning I will be re-posting the above link, together with a promotional video of the Unity centre once the voting number has been released. Voting will be from 9am till midnight on Tuesday 25th. Alternatively, the voting number will be printed in Tuesday's edition of the Daily Mirror, but remember, voting opens at 9am.
Any of your votes would be massively appreciated
Thanks to you all in advance.
Andrew and Jac Guyton
So much has happened in the last few weeks, as well as binding, veneering and sanding Red Specials, we have had a host of repair work with some really interesting people through the workshop.
Here's a video of Mr. Bean and his mate Roy, both customers of Guyton guitars. I had just fitted an excellent L.R.Baggs under saddle pickup to the Gibson acoustic.
We also had a Dulcimer in the workshop for the first time. We had to basically lower the action so the owner was a little more comfortable whilst fretting with his fingers rather than striking it. It's a lovely thing that really inspires you to create. I may have to make one one day. ;-)
Mark Chapman from 'A' recently swung by to pick up his latest Guyton guitar. This guitar is Mark's simplest and possibly best Guyton guitar to date. It has a plain Canadian maple neck fretted with Jumbo stainless steel frets and an Idigbo body finished in Nitrocellulose lacquer and fitted with Bare Knuckle Irish Tour single coil pickups. Unlike his previous Guyton guitars, Mark's latest has a tone control that works on the neck pickup only. Below are a couple of pictures of the guitar having it's nut 'seen to' and Mark play testing the finished article. Also a short video clip.
My good friend, and world class guitar player Ian Jacobs, had some good news last week. He's successfully auditioned as lead guitarist in the band 'The Death Valley screamers'. Check out their Youtube videos featuring the Orange County chopper boys. Apparently, they are very big in the Ukraine! Anyway, Ian brought in his Guyton guitar for a fret dress and a change of pickup (neck P90 to Gemini mini humbucker) ready for rehearsals this week. Best of luck Jakey boy!!