Innovating with respect for the ancestry of the guitar
UPDATE APRIL 2019
Recently I was delighted to invite my friend Alex Green to Bay Tree Studio to make another video together installing a set of his Chameleon pickups in the second prototype guitar ‘Bluey’. What I challenged Alex to do was to come up with a schematic that would allow me to use every setting available on the Chameleon and ended up with an incredible 48 different tonal combinations from one guitar with just two pickups! Yes unbelievably that is…
“48 different tonal combinations from one guitar with just two pickups!”
THE STORY SO FAR
Initially MILTON GUITARS was a project designed to put my money where my mouth is. I thought it highly hypocritical to tell people that buying Chinese produced fake guitars was not a good idea, while doing the self same thing to expose their flaws, without offering a viable alternative. So I tried to have a guitar brand developed in China to directly compete with and offer an alternative to the fakes.
A few years down the line I have come to the unfortunate reality that quality control without boots on the ground in China is impossible and I was never going to be happy to release any guitar brand for sale to the market with my name on the headstock if I could not guarantee the quality of the instruments.
So now Milton Guitars is heading in a new direction and we are exploring other avenues both in the UK and worldwide, bespoke custom guitars and production run potential. I am also on a personal pilgrimage to learn as much as I can about the luthiers art in order to be in the best position to offer something worthy of putting my name on.
I’ve been in touch with luthiers and manufacturers in the UK with a view to eventually producing or self-building guitars here using sustainable and interesting materials. Ideally I would like to take concept guitars in new directions and use innovative techniques and products to take guitar concepts into new areas.
Longer term we may provide a point of sale service if there is a demand for the project guitars we produce wherever and however they are produced.
We hope you will get involved…
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HOW IT ALL STARTED
Following the fruitless production of three prototype guitars in with Chinese manufacturers, we decided to widen our net geographically and in terms of scope. With many far eastern brands offering a decent alternative to the counterfeit guitars we were initially trying to compete with, there is now little point in joining a growing market at the budget end of the market. So now we are concentrating on higher end bespoke instruments and working with UK luthiers and boutique guitar supply companies as much as possible. Ultimately we will never produce a guitar for market until it is worthy of the Milton brand name.
Milton Guitars remains a community project where you can become involved in the design and prototype generation process from the ground up.
It is a collaborative community project which relies on your input and involvement and in some cases some sustained dedication to helping with the process. We hope that you will rise to the challenge and join us on this exciting new venture.
Who knows where it might lead? …
So here is the neck template for your body and headstock shape designs. Simply right click to download it and either import it to your software if you have design software such as illustrator or else print it off and draw your design the old fashioned way – with a pencil!
The neck template it to scale and is a standard 25″ scale with 24 frets. This does not mean that the final design has to be, we will vote on that later. For now all we are looking to establish is a new body and headstock design that looks great and balances well.
If you are keen to have an existing shape such as a Strat, Les Paul, PRS, Tele etc. then please feel free to draw these up too on the template.
ONLY designs returned on the template will be entered for your vote. It is also likely that we will split the vote on headstock and body shapes.
Please feel free to submit as many designs as you like. For those drawing by hand, please scan and return in electronic format [.ai .pdf .jpg .bmp .tif .svg .dwg .emf are all acceptable]
For those with software packages please ensure that you save your designs in one of the above formats. Preferred formats are: .ai Illustrator, .svg scaleable vector graphic or .pdf format files.
Please send you completed submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org