Its not often you walk in to your local pub on a Saturday night and the guy sitting at the bar beside you is a lutheir who has been making guitars for 20 years.
Patrick made his first guitar at 9 years old. He runs Blackspot
Guitars from his workshop in Bristol, UK, to produce guitars that have
the look and quality lost in the mass produced product available today.
We had a fascinating conversation about the timber and techniques used to make guitars.
My mandola was made for me by Mike Regan using recycled georgian mahogany. My guitar was made in Canada by Norman using solid Canadian spruce. The quality of materials will determine the quality of the instrument and Patrick shares this passion. He is a very easy guy to talk to. This is important as the musician must be able to communicate with the luthier the type of instrument they want.
Patrick makes both solid and acoustic models. His guitars have received rave reviews from UK magazines. His acoustic models use a variety of timbers including walnut, spruce and cedar. The different combinations produce different tones and timbre, A cedar top for example produces a warm and sweet tone. You can contact Patrick via www.blackspotguitars.com