Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00
CSG - handbuilt in ScotlandWritten by Krach Werke
CSG Memento brings the bling, this chambered solid body guitar is a solid, resonant instrument that looks great in its gold hardware and abalone inlay get up. Colin Scott
We have been following CSG on youtube for a while and finally managed to get Colin to add his interview to Krachwerke. Please read the interview with Colin of CS Guitars - Handbuilt in Scotland.
A quick introduction please, name, company, location:
My name is Colin and I am the luthier at Scottish based guitar shop CSG.
What got you started making gear?
The inspiration for creating new and unique gear came from a combination of life long desire to always create something unique, either by modification or fabrication, and from never being totally satisfied with existing products on the market. If you can't get it off the shelf, then it has to be created
What gear do you make?
Primarily CSG makes handcrafted electric guitars with a raw, natural tone and feel. Defining features of our instruments include vivid stains, satin oil finishes, comfort body contouring and fossil fretboard inlays. We also wind all our own pickups in house, and plan to begin offering these as after market units soon. So from woods to pickups, you can expect a clear, distinct sound and excellent build quality.
Where do you operate from?
At the moment we operate out of a small workshop in central Scotland. The shop is low tech with most of the work being done by hand.
This approach requires a lot of attention to detail and a real commitment of love to every instrument, resulting in each guitar we produce being individually unique.
What about making gear do you like the most?
There is a great sense of achievement in crafting our guitars. There are lots of tense moments in construction where one wrong decision could render the build worthless, or take a lot of time and effort to put right again.
I think it's in those thrilling, breath holding, heart stopping moments that I find the most enjoyment in creating guitars. Then there is also the peaceful satisfaction upon completing a build and being able to hear for the first time the results of the many hours of hard work.
Is this a hobby or full time operation?
Sadly this is not a full time occupation for me. Like many people I still work a day job, but I dream of being able to make this into more than a side venture. It's early days for this company at the moment. In time I'm sure it will grow much larger.
Who inspires you/who do you look up to musically, IE what gear do you admire?
I've always had a bit of an admiration for the early days at Fender where the company was experimenting and coming up with things that are today the blueprint for a lot of guitar gear. There was a modular ethos to their guitars, intended to be renewed and upgraded by the player. It was a wonderful approach for a company to take. That company also made a name out of Abigail Ybarra, who for anyone winding pickups , is a remarkably inspirational woman.
What pisses you off/what do you like; about the boutique audio gear building industry?
There seems to be a rise in the number of boutique and handcrafted audio gear companies who are gaining popularity. It seems that many people are at least interested in the concept of smaller companies creating high quality products. I do, however, see many companies doing much the same as each other. I would like to hope that CSG can be seen as unique and different compared to the competition.
Are you still in a band or play music and do you use your own gear?
Although we are not playing together currently, I am part of a heavy metal band: Dana O'Hara. When we performed live, we did so with CSG instruments. It made an interesting visual and sonic statement to have custom electric and bass guitars on stage.
Favourite Guitar Maker? Me? haha, I have a soft spot for Fender
Favourite Guitar Effect? Crybaby Wah, I've put in a whole lot of modifications to mine and I just love it
Favourite Amp Maker? Marshall: loud and great looking. what more can you ask for?
Favourite Music Genre? Heavy Metal
Favourite Band / Artist? How can I chose? There are so many. Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, we'll keep it to bands with colours in the name
Favourite Guitarist? Andy Timmons, although Guthrie Govan is pretty close
Favourite Instrument? Theramin, 80s synth and of course CSG guitars
Favourite Drink? Whisky, lots of whisky
Favourite Place? Somewhere quiet and calm, there is too much stress and noise in life sometimes
Favourite Food? Do I choose a roast chicken dinner with honeyed parsnips and roast potatoes, or a deep fried haggis supper from the chip shop?
Website Address: www.csguitars.co.uk
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A close up of the CSG Heraldry pickups in this ash bodied build. Bright, detailed, and clear; these handwound pickups let the beauty of the rest of the instrument shine through.
Road Worthy; this CSG Bloodbound is built to take a beating on stage, but still sound raw tonally detailed. Custom contoured for comfort and ease of use, this axe plays as slick and mean as it looks.