Spotlight on Luthiers – AC Guitars (seen at NAMM)

Not that I was at NAMM myself, but I was watching the Anderton’s video on boutique guitars at NAMM 2017, and noticed a UK luthier that I didn’t have on my list page.  It’s AC Guitars, which is a one-man custom shop in Dumfrieshire, Scotland, and the man himself, Alan Cringean, focuses on custom bass guitars (although a recent post on his website says that he’s also making 6-string guitars under another name, Reiver Guitars).

An AC Guitars Salace bass

AC Guitars makes a number of different body shapes and has lots of gorgeous finishes.  The range includes basses with anything from four to seven strings.

A Krell headless six-string bass

If you’re looking for a special bass, they seem to be well worth a look.

Where it all started – my Chapman bass review

This website is an evolution of my YouTube channel, and today I return to the beginning of that.  My first YouTube video was a review of my Chapman MLB-1 bass guitar, which was one of the first of the Chapman basses, and I made that video because there were no reviews or other videos about this bass apart from the ones from the Chapman guys themselves.  It is the most watched of my guitar-related videos, with almost 9,000 views (one of my videos about my Audi A4 has supplanted that as my most watched video of all, but that’s not the subject of this site).

Now I see that there are a couple of other short reviews and demos from other players, but there still isn’t much out there about this bass which is a real shame, because I still think it’s an excellent bass for the money.  I’ve had no desire to replace it by a better bass and I heartily recommend it, after 18 months.  It’s a shame that Chapman Guitars has not built on this by releasing more basses, perhaps with different pickups, different finishes or 5 / 6 string versions.

As a side note before the video, I’ve been adding articles to the My Gear section of this website (the Chapman Bass article will go up soon!), so please take a look there for pictures of and the stories behind my guitars and other gear.

If you are interested in buying one of these basses or reading the specifications, you can find them at Anderton’s or Thomann, or at your favourite Chapman retailer if you’re outside Europe (although those retailers will ship worldwide).