Celebrating 25 years of guitar-making!
Welcome to the newly updated
and leaner website of
Nick Benjamin - acoustic guitar-maker.
As of June 2015, my waiting list is open again after
two years of
catching up with a large back-log of orders. Waiting time for
new orders will be kept between two and three years from now
on and the list will shut again if it looks like exceeding this.
Summer 2015 marks 25 years since I started building my first
guitar and the completion of my 150th instrument. Thanks to all
the people who have used my guitars over that time!!
BENJAMIN GUITARS are made in a
small workshop by me alone
from start to finish at the rate of around 10 a year. My mission
statement is to produce guitars designed to be used day-in-day-out by
both professional performing musicians and keen amateur players.
Adornment is kept to a minimum and time spent in voicing,
adjustment and quality-control is therefore maximized. The design of
BENJAMIN GUITARS has evolved over the years to suit the modern
player's needs of; playability in a broad range of tunings and styles;
even and stable amplified and recorded sound; a colourful,
harmonically rich tone that responds musically and easily to enable
you to concentrate on the music.
All BENJAMIN GUITARS are sold direct
so prices are not inflated
to allow selling through dealers and VAT is also avoided.
Most guitars are made to order.
For day-to-day updates, thoughts etc; come and make friends on my Facebook page
Here is a Gallery of some of my past work!
My first attempts at guitar-making, 25 years ago, involved
a great book
and lots of feeling my way and making mistakes; a start I will never
regret; but when I met up with experienced makers who guided me
through the next stages of learning to build to a professional standard
I gained a huge leap in my understanding very quickly. I have tried to
pass on help to other makers I have encountered or worked nearby to
but at the moment I don't have space in my life, workshop (or brain!) to
do any formal teaching. However, my good friend Richard Osborne
who has worked in a neighbouring workshop to me for many years;
someone I have talked over many ideas with through those years, is now
relocated to a beautiful town in mid-Wales and is offering excellent
month long courses. He is a very experienced teacher and I know
that his courses are the equal to any in the world.
Below; strut carving during the Oct '15 course.