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It was in South Africa of all places that I should find the best guitar maker in the world. A unique and lovely sound…

Crosby, Stills & Nash

Musician, Steven Stills

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In 1996 Crosby, Stills and Nash toured South Africa with 2 nights in Cape Town my hometown.

As I knew the promoter I was given the opportunity to present my guitars to the band. After their gigs we sat about for hours playing guitar and talking. Steven Stills and I, along with our ladies, retired to his hotel suite (what a treat). They were great to be with, relaxed and cool, and very impressed with my guitars.

Their praise of my work encouraged me tremendously to go international, which I have achieved. Hanging out with my heroes of “Teach Your Children” and “Woodstock” fame remains to this day one of the highlights of my life as a Luthier. Steven Stills discussed with me a new dreadnought guitar for himself, and when I’ve found the correct timbers for it we’ll meet again, something I look forward to.

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The guitar is wonderful, I have not been able to put it down, since its arrival.

Earl Klugh

Musician, Earl Klugh

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In mid 2004, Earl Klugh arrived with his ensemble to play in Cape Town, South Africa. I was fortunate enough to be able to meet up with Earl and his manager at their hotel.

I had with me 3 of my classical guitars, one of which was a classical jazz flamenco crossover. This is a guitar with a lot of “zing”. It tends to accentuate mid to high notes and is perfect for jazz and flamenco style playing. This is the guitar that in comparing to my concert classics, Earl really enjoyed.

His comment on receiving his guitar in April of 2005 was, “The guitar is wonderful, I have not been able to put it down, since its arrival.” I used African Blackwood for the back and sides and to give it extra clarity and definition.

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Steven Seagal

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It is well known that Steven has a fantastic collection of vintage guitars, both electric and acoustic. I have heard that his collection of vintage Martin’s is one of the best in the world.

It was therefore a great honour for me to get a call from Steven’s Personal Assistant, asking me to please bring in some guitars to his house for his perusal. That was the beginning of a wonderful few hours and weeks spent around Steven and his entourage, talking guitars, Bhuddism and life.

Steven was taken with my guitars, and my Dreadnought guitars in particular. He went on to commission me to make him something special and unique, using an aged top and selecting from a variety of my Brazilian Rosewood backs and sides.

As Steven is predominantly a fine electric guitar player, one of his briefs was that the guitar should have a fantastic sound, but using light gauge strings, 11 to 52 . The design aspects of the guitar have therefore been altered, and the finished instrument was much to his satisfaction.

We spent interesting time discussing meaningful and spiritual Inlays for the guitar. You can see them in the photographs below.

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