Matthew takes on commissions for almost any kind of stringed
instrument, working with the customer through all stages of
design and construction from wood selection and inlay to tone
Almost any wood suitable for stringed instruments is available.
All instruments are finished in a french polish base with satin
nitro-cellulose top coats, though many other
finishes are available on request.
include binding and purfling details, and choice of 1 3/8"
(35mm) and 1 1/2" (38mm) fingerboard widths.
models have scroll heads, bone nut and saddles and 27"
(686mm) scale length (unless requested otherwise).
are now the leading UK supplier of L.R. Baggs transducer
dulcimer pickup. This pickup takes the place of the bridge
and has a 1/4" endpin jack for plugging in.
Dulcimers from £350
guitars are custom designed around the player with the most
poplular style being the Martin OM and OOO.
guitars include bone nut and saddle, adjustable truss rod, and
fine tuned tops. Any scale length is available, the most
commonly requested is 25.4" (645mm) Martin scale.
Guitars start at £1500
Flat Top Mandolins from £750
Matthew specialises in repairs and restorations as well.
He can carry out expert repairs on almost any
stringed instrument and vintage restoration work. He will
first do a detailed diagnostic of your instrument and then give
an estimate before beginning any work. Some basic services
Full restoration services for vintage instruments is also
available. Insurance evaluations and appraisals. Please contact Matthew for an estimate.
Matthew has done work for Martin Pleass, Graham Bellinger,
Hayseed-Dixie, Steve Fairclough, and Gary Potter. He is
currently building an instrument for Chris Leslie of Fairport
Matthew is also the resident repairman for SoundMove Music, 161
Old Chester Rd., Bebington, Wirral, and for Back Alley Music in
Chester. Any instruments brought into these shops for
repair work will go directly to Matthew to be skilfully
Since 2006 Matthew
is the head luthier and warranty repairman for GoTo guitars,
which are the UK distributors for Breedlove and Fairclough
We also have a great supply of banjo and mandolin
For queries, orders, or to arrange a meeting with Matthew,
please phone him on 0779 169 1251