Tanglewood guitars

I am now an official distributor of Tanglewood guitars.
For many years I have bought stringed instruments to restore and and sell on as a sideline to my work.
I have in the past worked for many music shops and had always thought a room full of instruments was a room full of dreams.

I have discovered that while there will always be room for buying vintage and rare instruments there is nothing quite like buying a brand new one that sounds sweet and fresh. Something that you can put your own fingerprint to.

I found that below a certain price range second hand guitars were really not desirable things no matter how well they were set up or how sweet they sounded.

I needed to find a range of new guitars
that suited everybody’s needs.

Through my 20 years experience with restoring, repairing, playing and selling guitars there has become one name that people really appreciate. Tanglewood. These instruments are made to such a high standard that the idea of getting a custom made guitar seems way too excessive to be a viable option. (A bit sad really for guitar makers)
The fact is people just don’t seem to have the money these days.

But not to worry, that’s why I chose to stock Tanglewood.

If you are thinking of upgrading or you are a bit tired and uninspired by your old guitar pick up one of my Tanglewoods and see if it doesn’t charge your whole perception.
Be inspired again. Or just come and say hello. www.johnprocter.com


Restoration of a Martin 000-15

Here is a repair on a guitar I bought from eBay. The guy selling it said his cat pushed it down the stairs.
I’m blogging this not so much to outline how this guitar can be saved but also to show you how Martin guitars are really stuck in the past with there construction and are they really worth the price tag.




You can see the ribs have been cracked beyond repair. My aim is to completely replace the ribs.

Remove ribs up to the blocks and kurfings.


Now we can see the bracing. This is the original 000 construction and is copied by many guitar makers. The struts are squarely cut and blocky. They are not finished smoothly as you would expect from a guitar that costs over £1100. (But I guess you are paying for American labour cost)



When I am making a steel strung guitar I use a strutting construction that allows more movement across the front. Still using ‘X’ bracing but not joined. Also using other techniques to excite the bass, middle and treble transfer. All internal areas are finished to a fine 1200 grade paper.


The guitar is put into a mould.


AAA grade mahogany ribs are selected and cut down to the thickness of the original ribs.



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The ribs are bent to the mould.



Then the old ribs are completely removed.



Then new ribs fitted from the heel and clamped on.





Finally the ribs are finished.





On the 18 August 2012 I had another amazing show on my balcony. It was a beautiful, very hot and almost all the people of Nunhead were very happy. I booked John McClean and the Clan to play and they did 3 fantastic sets in the 30 degree heat. I’ve got to thank all the local business for there support, food and drink. Also thanks to the many other musicians that played that day. Image

If anyone has any photo or videos of this event please could you send them to me. message@johnprocter.com

J E Dallas

Every now and then I get to own some outstanding instruments. Born in 1856 John E. Dallas started to make banjos with J E. Brewster in a small workshop in London’s Oxford Street in 1873 and two years later set up as a publisher and banjo maker at 415 Strand.

I swapped an acoustic guitars I made for this outstanding example of a Dallas banjo. The immaculate carving on the heal in the birds eye maple is flawless.Also notice the engraving on the rim. 

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I didn’t have this for very long before it was bought by a local musician.

My Flyer/Business card

Lewis Bush Photographer

Lewis came to me to take more photos of the workshop and also some shots of me workimg for a project he was working on. This one below is from his first visit.

This slideshow is from his second visit. I really appreciate these photos. Thanks Lewis

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If you would like get in contact with Lewis here are his details.

LKB Photography
Lewis Bush


Ive started making more ukuleles than guitars at the moment. I really don’t know why there are so many ukulele bands around? Anyway I made this one for Anna in the Dulwich ukulele club. They are one of the better ukulele bands I’ve seen.

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