We make the finest quality guitars, individually, by hand. We incorporate the same skills into the manufacture of small batches of standard designs. At our scale, the two approaches to guitar making fit very well together.
There are up to 100 component parts and three hundred operations involved in the manufacture of an acoustic guitar, and every maker has his own system of working.
Individual makers struggle to work consistently and efficiently, but factories require massive investment and cannot treat each instrument individually.
Fylde Guitars is Roger Bucknall’s way of achieving the best of both worlds. He divides construction into convenient sections, so that the skills of the individual craftsmen are specialised and concentrated, but with a large amount of overlap and flexibility.
Operating in a small well equipped workshop, each stage is carried out by the person most experienced in that operation, and if any one stage is a little slower than another, there are enough shared skills to keep things running nicely. It’s a bit of a juggling act and chaotic at times, but to an outside eye it’s very smooth and efficient.
The final product speaks for itself.