A kind soul on the Rob Chapman Forum has recently suggested another luthier for my UK Luthiers article, and I thought this one was worthy of a blog entry. Hutchinson Guitar Concepts is a luthier somewhere in the UK who specialises in heavily customised or modded guitars, often with Celtic or Norse themes and metallic or lava-like finishes. His most famous customer is James Hetfield, from Metallica (you may have heard of them). Stunning stuff, and you can see some of his guitars on his Concepts page.
The guitar in the picture below is an example of James Hutchinson’s work. Unfortunately, this guitar was stolen from him through a scam, so if you see it please get in touch with James via his website.
World Guitars has just announced the opening of a new “Made 2 Measure” facility in their shop in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, with samples of Gibson Custom Shop guitars. You can design and order your own guitar for delivery within two months. This is the only place where you can do that in Europe.
After the unexpected passing of the owner, Jeff Pumfrett, last year, some people thought that WG would pass with him, but instead they seem to be going from strength to strength. I wish them continued success!
Alter Bridge is one of my favourite bands and I found out recently that they will be playing in my home town of Brussels in November, so I jumped at the chance to buy tickets. I also have tickets to see Steel Panther in the autumn – two great concerts within a month!
I have added a new article today which is a list of luthiers working in the UK. This list is based on recommendations I have received, and focuses on small individual luthiers or companies, rather than bigger brands. It includes all areas of the UK plus Eire.
Please do comment and tell me about your favourite luthiers (even if that’s you!), and I’ll add them to the list.
Some of you will already know the Rob Chapman forum because at this stage probably many of my readers come from there. For those who don’t know it, the Rob Chapman Forum (RCF) is an internet forum for guitar lovers, started by Rob although he only appears very occasionally on the site. Rob Chapman is one of the best known YouTube guitar bloggers / presenters, best known for his work with Anderton’s. Recently, Rob has been working with his band Dorje, and he also heads Chapman Guitars, one of a very small number of UK-based guitar brands (as opposed to luthiers, of which there are plenty in the UK).
The RCF is one of my two favourite forums (the other is AVForums), and the people on there are generally helpful and sarcastic in equal measure! It’s also the home of the RCF jams, as posted a couple of days ago.
The Chapman guitars are partly responsible for my YouTube videos, since my first video was a review of the Chapman Guitars MLB-1 bass in January 2015, and I just continued from there. It’s a really nice bass, and I think it’s a shame that CG hasn’t made more bass guitars!
Here are some links to the Chapman forum and other Chapman-related sites:
I hang around with a lot of other guitar geeks on the Rob Chapman forum, and over the last couple of years they have organised a series of jams. We pick a backing track, and anyone can record their own solo on top of it. Then some poor mug (so far, most often me) has edited them all together into a video.
The latest of these jams was based on a blues track, and here is the finished result!
I have a playlist on my YouTube channel with all of the RCF jams here. And if you want to come along and chat about all sorts of guitar stuff (not just Chapman Guitars, but that’s part of it), pop along to the Rob Chapman Forum.
Hi, I’m Jonathan Oakey, the owner of Gloopy Guitars. The site is named after my user name on several Internet forums – GloopyJon. I will post articles here, often related to videos that I publish on YouTube. My YouTube channel is here!