VIDEO: Building a multi-scale arbor guitar
A.J. Lucas is a master guitar maker. Here, he makes a guitar for Del Palmer.

A.J. Lucas is a master guitar maker. Here, he makes a guitar for Del Palmer.

A.J. Lucas is a guitar maker who has crafted custom guitars for many years. He was born in Lincoln, England, in 1957 and began playing guitar at the age of fourteen and performing with bands in the late '70s.

He began building guitars in 1990 at an evening class under the tutelage of Roy Courtnall, learning traditional Spanish methods. Soon, he set up his workshop and began exploring a wider variety of ideas from many other makers as well as developing his concepts.

During his time as a guitar maker, he illustrated a book on guitar making, 'Making Master Guitars' by Roy Courtnall (Robert Hale 1993). 

In this video, Lucas explains the building process for a multi-scale Arbour guitar built for Derek Peter Palmer, better known as Del Palmer, the English singer, songwriter, bass guitarist and sound engineer who collaborated with Kate Bush for about 20 years.




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