Stephan Rota has always loved the appearance and the mojo of vintage guitars, but found prices for vintage pieces becoming increasingly unaffordable. The solution – to use his luthiery skills to building guitars according the look of real vintage guitars but with some more modern specifications, first just for me and then for other musicians.
In 2016 he decided to go more professional and founded “Rota Custom Guitars” and my Webshop www.reverb.ch where I sell Guitars and Parts in Switzerland.
My goal is to create individual guitars with the best quality and sound for a fair price. I’m happy to have some great partners who deliver great quality products like Tonerider Pickups which I install in most of my builds. In 2016 i had the chance to build some fantastic guitars, check out my website for more information: http://www.rota-relic.com
High-output pickups have a reputation for having overly bright or tight clean sounds. Here’s a video we shot last week of the Generator set running through a Fender Deluxe Reverb, an iconic “clean” amp. What do you think?
Looking for something that is a) super funky, b) made in England and c) powered by Tonerider? Check out Barnes Handcrafted Guitars! Based in Sheffield, and run by luthier, graphic artist and product designer Tim Barnes, this new company specialising in cool retro-inspired designs, and amazingly they don’t sacrifice playability while playing when seated like some earlier ‘teardrop’ style designs. Tim says “Our guitar bodies are made American White Ash. Its high density makes the guitars bright sounding with a long sustain and I feel Tonerider Pickups respond very well to this.”
Production models feature Rebel 90s and City Limits for Stratocaster pickups, but any configuration is available on request.
More information and link to their online store is available at http://barnesguitars.co.uk/
Great to see our Hot Classics for Telecaster and Classic Blues for Stratocaster on some great new builds by Micheal Gough of MG Guitars in the UK. Made with beautifully stained swamp ash, and very affordably priced for UK made instruments, we suggest any UK player check them out MG Guitars. They also offer set-up and self-build classes which come highly recommended.