Bear Retro rockers are a new range designed around classic timeless looks, simple lines and configurations. They will feel like a familiar old friend, gently carved and hand French polished to be lived in, lightweight, super slick neck and set up, tremendous sounds from carefully chosen pickups, many vintage themselves. I want these guitars to feel like coming home, inspiring and comfortable in equal measure, old songs tumble from the pickups, and new ones appear round the corner.
I have been a passionately bad guitarist for 45 years, but have become a really good and passionate luthier. It all stems from a love of guitars, and particularly electrics, their majesty, power, sensitivity and grace, every guitar must be as resonant and toneful as it can be, that delivers inspiration and joy.
Every guitar I design and build is a one off, utterly unique instrument, each the only one in the world.
Designing and crafting guitars is a labour of love, and while my own designs have clear echoes of others, each one is effectively a custom made instrument, Getting the most from the core woods, I also use a wide range of different ingredients, copper, engraving, metal foils, inlays, wood dyes and my own varnishes for French polishing.
Come and visit the Bear Cave in Milton Abbas for coffee and endless conversations about all things guitars - find me at firstname.lastname@example.org - 01258 881684