Alex Bishop is a guitar maker specializing in gypsy jazz and steel string guitars. He is based in Bristol, United Kingdom. His passion for lutherie comes from a life-long obsession with making things, coupled with a love for the music of 1930s guitar genius Django Reinhardt.
Inspired by the aesthetics of the art deco era, Alex knows that he is on an endless journey to produce finest-quality musical instruments, striving for perfection and uniqueness with every instrument.
Featured guitar: Every now and again I build a guitar with a tone that completely surprises me and excites me in a way that I felt when I finished my first guitar – the ‘Pinstripe’ is no exception:
– 12 fret 000 guitar
– Back and sides: English walnut
– Soundboard: Sitka spruce
– Scale length: 645mm
– Finish: French polished (shellac)
– Special features: Custom inlaid artwork, side soundport, ebony and maple striped fingerboard
This guitar is currently for sale.
I love the visual impact of hard geometry against the iconic, seductive outline of a guitar. I’m inspired by the art deco era and the golden age of swing music.