Chris Eccleshall Guitars / Special / Guitar
Chris Eccleshall Guitars, UK
- C h r i s t o p h e r - E c c l e s h a l l -
maker, dealer and repairer
Chris originally trained as a violin maker with W. E. Hill and Sons of Bond Street, London, who at the time were the number one violin company in the world. Later he moved to Ealing Strings at Ealing Common, London. During this time Chris still found time to make and repair guitars, eventually becoming so busy he set up his own workshop and went into making guitars full-time. British guitar makers were virtually unheard of at the time, but now - many years later - Chris is well established as one of the world's leading guitar makers.
Chris has a hardcore of loyal customers who are 'hooked' on Eccleshall Guitars. Over the years his customers have included Pete Townshend, Dave Davies, David Bowie, Rory Gallagher, Paul Weller, Davey Arthur (Fureys), Sweet, The Cure, The Levellers, New Order, The Alarm, This Picture, The Men They Couldn't Hang, Steve Woodcock, Richard Stilgoe, Richard Digance... and if we included repairs, modifications & setups the list would be much longer... Echo & the Bunnymen's vintage Gibsons and Eric Clapton's Blackie spring to mind...
All instruments are custom-made with the emphasis on quality of sound, finish and playability. They range from the straightforward and basic Junior LP, which gives excellent value for money, to those customized in every detail, style, design and finish to suit the customer's requirements.
Chris is also well known for his solid bodied electric mandolins and has developed a full range of modern flat-backed acoustic mandolins, mandolas and bouzoukis. Guitar production is split uniformly between acoustic and electric instruments.