I have been taking guitars apart and putting them back together since I was fourteen, eventually going on to building instruments from the age of sixteen.
After a short apprenticeship in an engineering factory and a few years working for an equipment repair company, I trained as a carpenter after realising wood was the material I naturally gravitated towards.
Along with playing guitar in various bands, tinkering with them was still a favourite pastime. Whilst carpentry payed the bills, I completed a 3 year lutherie course and in 2007 I turned my pastime into a full-time reality by working for a small guitar manufacturer in London whilst also assembling NOS Vox and EKO instruments for Brandoni Music and eventually moving on to running the repair workshop for a shop on London's Denmark street.
In 2012 I established The Vintage Instrument Workshop in close partnership with No Tom Guitars, Denmark street.
As they specialise in vintage stringed instruments, one of the many roles of the workshop is restoring, maintaining and authenticating vintage instruments. The ever-growing wealth of knowledge gained from this is gladly extended to everyone no matter where on the ladder your instrument falls.
Angus joined us in 2013, setting up a second workstation to help with the ever increasing workload.
Angus repaired his first guitar, an old Japanese Hokada dreadnought, when he was 15 years old. After many years of fixing and modifying guitars and basses and gaining a diverse musical experience, from punk bands to sound systems and running alternative festivals, he relocated to London to study lutherie.
Angus not only repairs and maintains the shops and customers instruments, but builds his own unique designs too.