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If you like how custom guitars are designed and handmade then the story of Gary Leddington should be of interest to you. Gary Leddington of Leddington custom handmade guitars spoke with The Trout about how he became an outstanding luthier in this episode of The Trout Show.
Leddington Guitars is a small one man shop based in the historic city of Bath, UK, and is specialised in custom hand built guitars, cases, boutique picks and repair work.
Originally from Worcestershire, Leddington moved to Antwerp, Belgium in 2010 and quickly found himself co-founding a local Bluegrass group or two as well as studying at the world renowned CMB (Center for Musical Instrument Building) in Puurs. It was from this headlong foray into acoustic music and woodworking, along with his background in Fine-Arts that his keen sense of the visual and the aural became inseparably intertwined.
Many instruments later Leddington has moved back to his native UK and has developed a sonic sensibility that produces balanced and responsive guitars and puts particular emphasis on the way they play and feel. These instruments are built by a player, for players.
Aside from the primary acoustic function, Leddington also maintains a strong visual and yet minimal aesthetic that often opts for simple straight lines, uncomplicated appointments and classically balanced forms. This way the wood, which can often be dazzling enough, is allowed to speak for itself both visually and of course sonically.
Leddington's passion is to create hand built instruments that follow on from the American tradition of luthiery whilst at the same time adding a modern look and feel with custom designs and ideas. Whether you are looking for a wild looking, yet roaring dreadnought or a sweet sounding 00 with custom inlays designed by your artist friend, you've come to the right place.
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