Roger Bucknall made his first acoustic guitar when he was nine years old, and nearly fifty years later, he has become one of the World’s most highly regarded professional makers. He has built instruments for many of today’s major artists and with a small team of craftsmen produces a steady stream of guitars, mandolins and other instruments for discerning musicians. Working in purpose built premises on the edge of the Lake District National Park in Northern England, Roger and his team work by hand, with unrivalled skills and experience and the very best of timber stocks and facilities, to produce fine acoustic instruments of the highest quality.
Every guitar that is built by Fylde gets Roger's attention and around 99% of his work is by hand, and his team spend around 95% of their time at the bench, using the same traditional skills and techniques. Talking about the team, he says he couldn’t work without their skill and commitment.
He says "It is easy to get the wrong impression about Fylde. This is a small business. Myself and five other people helping. We make a very small number of instruments each year, with as much skill, care and love as we possibly can ~ by hand."