Spotlight on Luthiers: Ambler Custom Guitars

To start the week off, let’s look at another British luthier making some gorgeous instruments.  Today’s subject is Ambler Custom Guitars, based in Buxton where I’ve previously stayed for the Gilbert and Sullivan festival (music-related, but no guitars!).

According to his website, John Ambler has several basic models, and he typically starts building a guitar, based on an idea and some high-quality woods, and then posts pictures of his build on Facebook, and if someone decides to buy the guitar, they can then customise the rest of the build.  He also has a small number of guitars in stock, ready for purchase – at the time of writing, his website shows one finished guitar and three in progress.  More frequent updates are posted on his Facebook page.

Here are a couple of his guitars.  If they play as well as they look, then they must be wonderful instruments!  The second of these is currently shown as available for sale on his website (here).

The Ambler 'Juliet'
The Ambler ‘Juliet’
The Ambler 'Solomon', with a unique custom embossed leather pickguard
The Ambler ‘Solomon’, with a unique custom embossed leather pickguard

Author: gloopyjon

I grew up in England, attending school in Gloucester and then reading Classics at Peterhouse, Cambridge University. After working in London for three years, I moved to Belgium in 1993 where I have lived ever since. I played the piano as a child and also started playing the guitar, but never took it seriously until 2012, thanks to Rocksmith. I've also done a lot of singing, including over 30 amateur shows. Since 2012 I have been avidly accumulating guitar-related information as well as guitars and related gear, and I decided to create this site to share some of my knowledge, experiences and opinions with anybody who might be interested.

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