PASSIONATE PEOPLE BUILDING LOVELY GUITARS
Introduction and mission
There are three craftsmen including Patrick at our workshops in Oswestry. All our timber and components are carefully sourced from the worlds finest suppliers. We build quality guitars with soul, individuality, wonderful sound and dazzling good looks. We aspire to be recognised by the guitar-playing world as the best in everything we do. Customer satisfaction is paramount, we listen to your needs and when working together, bring your ideas to life, making fabulous pieces and in many cases guitars that tell a story.
Every instrument takes at least 12 weeks to complete, it’s a slow process. We allow each piece of wood time to settle and readjust as it takes form.
Pick up a Patrick James Eggle guitar, play it, note the attention to detail, feel the care and passion from inception to finish.
Sourcing tonewood is where everything starts, it is a bit like a treasure hunt and Patrick takes great satisfaction in finding truly unique and special pieces.
Patrick has built close relationships with many of his suppliers, some going back 30 years. He travels to the loggers and timber merchants and sorts through 1000’s of pieces of wood in order to acquire only the very best for you. Some of our available wood sets can be viewed on our “tonewoods” tab.
We endeavour to ensure that all our timber is from sustainable sources and make special efforts to use reclaimed and salvaged timber. This is not only good for the environment, but can often produce truly stunning results, an example of which is our sinker redwood. This was found in the riverbeds of Northern California and Oregon, it was farmed at the turn of the last century and floated down stream to be stockpiled, some pieces just didn’t make it and lay buried in the riverbed. This has now been recovered and is used by us to make some exceptional guitars.
Decoration and Trim
Our store room is an Aladdin’s cave of exotic timbers for our range of custom rosettes and inlay work. These adornments are designed and cut in house, in this way we can pay particular attention to which piece will compliment each guitar’s colour and look. No two instruments are the same, every customer has their own end image in mind, it is our job to put their creativity and dreams into reality.
Sam joined our production team in 2005, specialising in making guitar components, including much of our finely detailed custom inlays for rosettes and fretboards. He also designs and produces much of our specialist tooling. Sam built his first guitar whilst studying furniture and production design at Nottingham Trent University and became hooked, following this he enrolled at The Totnes School of Guitar Making. He has many Royal Yachting Association qualifications and in his spare time enjoys being out on the water in his own boat, teaching and sailing.
Frank de Haan
Frank is responsible for most of our neck production, including hand carving, inlays, fretting, sanding and fitting to the body. He also works extensively on final trim and preparation for the spray booth. Born in The Netherlands, Frank made his first guitar in his teens, preferring to make than to buy. He soon realised making great sounding, beautiful hand crafted instruments was not just a childhood fad; as with Patrick, his hobby became his job. He moved to England and attended the Totnes School of Guitar Making, then to Michigan, USA to study and apprentice at the Galloup School of Guitar Making. He freely admits he is addicted, one was never enough and he can’t stop making guitars, both at work and in his spare time.