Discussion in 'The Small Company Luthiers' started by raildog, Feb 26, 2006.
I think these are made in England, has anyone played or know about these guitars?thanks,Scott
Do you mean Dave Dearnley?
He's in my town.
Are you in England, I read about his guitars in a u.k magazine. thanks,Scott
Martin, have you played his guitars? thanks,Scott
I remember playing one or two back in the '80s and not being too impressed, very home made looking.
He may have got it together since then though.
Martin, he is getting good press, thanks for the reply, Scott
Interesting, nmaybe I'll take a trip across town and check them out.
Martin, I think what I read said it makes you wonder about the vintage guitar craze, when you get your hands on one of these, very interesting, I wonder how they would compare to a don grosh or bill nash? also I found a website and the guitars start around 1500pounds, how much is that in dollars? thanks and have a good day. Scott
£1500 is around $2650, the exchange rate is not so good for you guys.
Do you have a link to that site?
Martin, I found it by doing a google search with the spelling dave dearnaley, and also shed pickups. thanks,Scott
Got it thanks!
Just hoping to help here:
Dave will tell you himself that he's done all his luthiery learning in public and will happily admit that some of the early Dearnaley guitars were nothing special due to factors like poor quality timber supplies and the past trend for ultimate sustain etc.....
However, with quality timbers now available as well as quality hardware, Dave's been making some pretty stunning guitars in recent years. Reviews don't come much better than when the reviewer buys the guitar afterwards!
Prices do start at £1500 but then you're getting something made for you at considerably less than a Custom Shop guitar. How good a deal is that then in reality?
I have one of his Taff Delta Telecaster style guitars. it's truely better than anything else I've played in the world of telecasters.
Hi! - Newbie here. I have a couple of Dearn's - A mahoganyTele from the late nineties (I think) and a double cut Lp Jnr (which is probably earlier).
I love 'em both. The Tele really works well. Very distinctive. The Jnr plays and sounds great but has some blems and a pretty weird Headstock design. But no complaints! - I'm always looking for DD's guitars. Keep up the cool stuff Dave!
Here's a link for you to a harmony Central Review
I have the fourth guitar that Dave ever built back in '84.
He has improved out of sight since then - the guitar he made me was built out of light mahogany, finished a la Gibson Cherry, ebony fingerboard.
It's now 24 years old and still beats the pants off a lot of the modern Teles.
£1500 is a fair price - I've seen him hand carve the necks - he doesn't buy them in. He has worked on my 30's archtop and he is top notch.