LONG ISLAND'S ROTATING GALLERY OF NEW, BOUTIQUE, LUTHIER BUILT, VINTAGE GUITARS & MORE
South Shore Guitar Boutique
A NEW SOUND ON LONG ISLAND
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I grew up in Brisbane, here in Australia, a smaller town which produced some amazing bands during my youth in the 1980s.
I went to the local art school and studied illustration and design – my obsession with design surfaced in many ways over the years – eventually it found it’s place in my guitar making.
As a touring musician who worked part-time in libraries and bookshops I had read some books about guitar making and was inspired to learn to fix instruments and to set them up – starting with my own basses and guitars. I grew up in a house with a wood-workshop, my father being a french polisher and furniture restorer, and learned a healthy respect for some lethal woodworking machines from a very young age.
I made instruments in my home workshop at night and in my spare time for 7 or 8 years before making it my full time ‘outlet’ and ‘income’.
I had no burning desire to make the ‘best guitar in the world’ or to ‘fix’ perceived problems with existing guitars – rather, I wanted to create some designs that somehow fit into my own view of the instruments and objects of the 20th and 21st century. Along the way I found some new sounds and textures and some kind of ‘house style’ in which each instrument is unique but viewed as a series they hopefully add up to something new.
Luthier Anthony Paine of Melbourne, Australia has taken his obsession with the wonderful, sculptural works of Antonio Wandrè Pioli to the logical conclusion. Building in 3 dimensions upon the dreamlike inspiration of Wandrè’s work, he is creating a series of unique, hand-made guitars.