Gary Southwell

Gary Southwell started Southwell Guitars in 1983 and has since gone on to make guitars for an impressive list of distinguished musicians.

Gary is a copyist and restorer of historical guitars but is mostly known for his acclaimed A Series Guitars which blend iconic design, exquisite materials and exceptional craftsmanship to create unforgettable emotional experiences.



Today we find many luthiers who are able to offer a good or even excellent guitar but still very few are really unique and outstanding. Those true greats never follow the mainstream but solely their own insight and vision. Gary Southwell is one of those very few. He is not only deeply entrenched in the tradition of the instrument and blessed with spectacular craftsmanship, but owns an intuition and affinity concerning the materials that goes far beyond what one can study or practice. The instruments from his hands are more than miracles of sound and playability. They are objects of art, even fetish that you just like to look at, smell, touch and adore every day again and again.

—Frank Bungarten (Hannover, Germany)

It has been my good fortune to be a regular player and fan of Gary Southwell's guitars. Gary's highly developed sense of both the art, craft and history of guitar-making gives his instruments an excitingly adventurous range of possibility - fitting into a long tradition, but always striving to improve the state of our art. That he has succeeded superbly in the latter places him among the elite of contemporary guitar builders.

—David Starobin (New York, USA)