Gordon Smith Guitars
|Founded||1974Partington, Greater Manchesterin|
|Founder||Gordon Whitham and John Smith|
Gordon Smith Guitars is a manufacturer of hand-crafted electric guitars. They are the UK's longest-established electric guitar manufacturer and have been called the English equivalent to Gibson on that basis.
The company was founded in 1974 and is named after its founders, Gordon Whitham and John Smith. In April 2015 Gordon Smith Guitars was acquired by British-based Auden Guitars and production moved from Partington near Manchester, England to Audens Guitars' workshop in Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire.
The company aims to produce quality guitars for working musicians and say that they make "guitars, not furniture".
The company offers many options for customising guitars, including a choice of hardware and finishes, single- or double-cutaway and left- or right-handed guitars. Twelve-string and double-necked versions of the range are also available.
The company does not offer celebrity endorsements. Guitarists known to have used Gordon Smith guitars include:
- Mick Abrahams of Jethro Tull and Blodwyn Pig
- Aaron Barrett of Reel Big Fish and The Forces of Evil
- Rhys Jenkins of The Arteries and Hot Mass
- Billy Bragg
- Nicky Garratt of U.K. Subs
- Dee Dee Ramone of Ramones
- Kloot Per W of Polyphonic Size and De Lama's
- Pete Shelley of The Buzzcocks
- John Squire of The Stone Roses
- Midge Ure of Thin Lizzy and Ultravox
- James McCreedy of Motion Pictures/Dark Tower/The Biggest Thrill
- Members of The Futureheads
- Nicke Andersson of The Hellacopters
- Larry Hibbitt of Hundred Reasons
- Adam Pearson and Mike Varjak of The Sisters Of Mercy
- Frankie Stubbs and Dickie Hammond of Leatherface
- Members of Snuff
- James Dean Bradfield of Manic Street Preachers
- Dave Wolfenden of Red Lorry Yellow Lorry
- Paul Kostabi of Psychotica
- Bill McQueen of China Drum
- William McGonagle of Hell Is For Heroes
- JW of Hookworms
- John Otway
- Phillip Foxley
- Richard Tyler formerly of Rosalita
- Ben Wood & Andy Duke of [Ben Wood & The Bad Ideas
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