It was Keats that said “A thing of beauty is a joy forever” and that sums up how I constantly feel about my Paul Beauchamp guitar. With the guitar though, the beauty is twofold: it sounds sublime and even a year after buying it, it still surprises me with its gorgeous, almost chiming, trebles and rich basses but it’s also stunning to the eye. Paul has a fantastic aesthetic sensibility and all his instruments are beautiful to look at. I have to confess that when I’m not playing mine, I sometimes just look at it and feel a little glow knowing that it’s mine. It really is a stunner. He has a terrific ear for the sound of an instrument and as a master craftsman, knows how to produce the sound he wants from the materials. On top of that, he’s a very charming and accommodating man. On the number of times I have visited his amazing workshop, he has been extremely generous with his time, knowledge and hospitality and allowed me to try out and compare the guitars he had present and talked me through their different qualities.
P.S. thanks for your time this morning. I really enjoyed playing all those different guitars. I can’t wait to see that new one finished. I will watch Twitter with anticipation.
THE BRISENDINE FAMILY
I received my F1 today at my home in Pennsylvania with no issues! Thank you for the care in packing and shipment, the guitar sounds wonderful and is more beautiful than I had imagined!
I’ve wanted a handmade guitar from flame maple for years, and after finding you on Instagram and reading your bio, I was pleased to find a dedicated craftsman. Your background in sculpture, photography and art assured me that your attention to detail would be first class, and it truly was.
I could drive 20 miles and buy a guitar from a ‘box store’ this afternoon. But to have a guitar of this quality, handmade by an artist in Wales, is a gift my family will remember. I’ve appreciated working with you over the past several months in discussing options for wood selection and tuners, as well as my goals for the guitar. I’m grateful your guidance with the soundboard wood selection… the spruce sounds rich and full. I look forward to playing the guitar with/and passing this instrument down to my kids as a family treasure.
But not yet! This is a fun guitar to play and it will not leave this house any time soon!
Thanks again, Paul, for your attention to detail and craftsmanship. I look forward to working with you again shortly for a couple of ukuleles!
Take care and all the best,
David R. Brisendine
Ligonier, Pennsylvania – USA
Anyone can walk into a music shop and buy an instrument straight from the rack, which is just like buying off the peg suits, yes they kind of fit, but they were never made especially for you. For me, it was such an amazing treat to have a hand crafted ukulele that was made using the materials of my choice to the size and spec of my choice. Paul is a warm and friendly master of his art and when I walked into his work shop for the first time, I felt like a kid at christmas. The smells of wood and oils remind you that your not in Kansas anymore, and the time spent with Paul admiring his mixed array of stringed instruments goes by in the blink of an eye. My finished ukulele was beautifully presented in a hard case, which will keep it in tip top shape for many years to come, this wonderful little beauty is such fun to play, stunning to look at and most importantly, sound absolutely perfect. I can’t praise Paul enough, but what I can do is highly recommend this Cardiff based guitar and ukulele maker to anyone who wants a suit that fits.
ACOUSTIC GUITAR CALENDAR 2016
It was a great surprise and an honour to be chosen for this years Acoustic Guitar Calendar with twelve other illustrious guitar makers from around the world.
JUNE IS A GOOD MONTH