ABOUT M.B. GUITARS
M.B. Guitars was formed by myself, Mike Bowes, a vintage guitar fanatic and luthier. I started out building guitars back in 2008, working as part of the fantastic team at SimS Custom / Enfield Guitars.
It was here that I saw a lot of vintage guitars coming through the door for repairs, re spray work and set ups. I found myself working on some special projects over the years, working on vintage guitars and basses from the likes of Peter Frampton, Leo Lyons (Ten Years After), Norman Watt Roy (BlockHeads), Dave Swift (Jools Holland Band) to name a few.
This is where my love for 50's and 60's Fender guitars started.
Over the years, I experimented with different ageing processes on my own guitars that I built to try to get an authentic looking replica that sounded and felt like the originals, after seeing a lot of low quality, low cost ‘relics’ that started appearing for sale online. I then sold these on my website 'Operationstrat'.. (a nod to my favourite guitar) and received a lot of praise and positive feedback on how the guitars played, felt and looked.
M.B. Guitars was started in 2020 and is dedicated to offering handmade vintage correct replicas of the originals, built using original processes, and only the best components available today. My guitars offer an authentic look, feel and sound, which is built around the players needs.
Details on how I build them and what materials and components I use can be found on the ‘How I Make Them’ page.
As well as made to order guitars, I will also be building a few special guitars and putting them up for sale on the 'For Sale' page. Keep an eye on this page for updates!
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For more information, questions and quotes, please get in touch through the contact page.
Thanks – M.B.