create hand made electric guitars
, basses and mandolins from a small workshop in Partington
The company was founded in 1979 by Gordon Whitham and John Smith who combined parts of their names for the company name. Only the Smith part of the partnership remains now, assisted by his wife Linda. They have produced over 11,000 guitars. They are probably the largest manufacturer of guitars in the UK.
Gordon-Smith say they make 'guitars, not furniture'. They aim to produce quality guitars for working musicians.
Guitar players describe Gordon-Smith guitars as "the British Gibson". Numerous references to this can be found under review pages for various models. For example at Harmony Central(http://reviews.harmony-central.com/reviews/Guitar/brand/Gordon%20Smith)
Gordon-Smith Guitars come top of the table for use of sustainable woods in guitar construction. (http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/FreeBuyersGuides/AudioVisual/guitarselectric.aspx)
Their range includes their versions of classic guitars such as Gibson Les Paul Junior
, Gibson Les Paul
, Gibson Flying V
, Gibson Explorer
, Fender Stratocaster
and Fender Telecaster
. Most are available with various options for the finish and parts, e.g. different bridge.
Although GS often borrow designs from other established guitar makers, they also produce a line of their own designs. All modern designs currently use a brass nut, compared to a plastic nut used by many other... Read More