When did you make your first guitar?
When I was in secondary school (about 17 years old), I was fascinated by a semi-acoustic guitar I saw at a friend’s place. I dismantled an old plywood door at home and made a dreadful guitar painted red and reinforced with a tyre lever! The second guitar I made from commercial plywood was even worse, and I put guitar making aside while I trained to be a Science teacher.
Was there a particular person you learnt your early skills from?
The essential and acoustic design of the violin has not changed since the mid 16th century when Andrea Amati in Cremona, Paolo Maggini in Brescia and Jacob Steiner in Absam produced superb instruments in sufficient numbers to establish the violin , viola and violoncello as the core of stringed instruments which are the foundation of orchestras and ensembles to this day. While the ensuing centuries saw changes to the neck and fingerboard configuration and string technology,