JohnWoodBarclay

Upcycled and rescued, one of a kind guitars.

Dunfermline, Scotland · 3 Sales

JohnWoodBarclay

Upcycled and rescued, one of a kind guitars.

Dunfermline, Scotland 3 Sales On Etsy since 2016

5 out of 5 stars
(1)

Announcement   Hi, welcome to the "Slow Moving Guitar Shop" and thanks for looking. Most of these guitars have suffered troubled pasts but I change that. I clean up and refurbish electric guitars, add texture and design flair using pyrography, ink and colour to upcycle them and allow previously unloved guitars a new lease of life. They all now have shiny replacement or upgraded parts that complement their funky, bold designs and finishes. Whatever your interest or level of skill is as a guitarist, I hope you can find something you like here in the shop.

I'm based in the UK and that's my main outlet, however could any non-UK customers please contact me via Etsy messages if interested in any of the guitars, maybe we can try to work something out (Prices for Europe are now up on the site, shipping to the USA is more expensive so by all means message me if you've a query). Sorry but I've no videos as as yet of the guitars but that's up there on the to do list.

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Last updated on 04 Apr, 2017

Hi, welcome to the "Slow Moving Guitar Shop" and thanks for looking. Most of these guitars have suffered troubled pasts but I change that. I clean up and refurbish electric guitars, add texture and design flair using pyrography, ink and colour to upcycle them and allow previously unloved guitars a new lease of life. They all now have shiny replacement or upgraded parts that complement their funky, bold designs and finishes. Whatever your interest or level of skill is as a guitarist, I hope you can find something you like here in the shop.

I'm based in the UK and that's my main outlet, however could any non-UK customers please contact me via Etsy messages if interested in any of the guitars, maybe we can try to work something out (Prices for Europe are now up on the site, shipping to the USA is more expensive so by all means message me if you've a query). Sorry but I've no videos as as yet of the guitars but that's up there on the to do list.

John Barclay

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John Barclay

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5 out of 5 stars
(1)
Tim

Tim on 09 Oct, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

The guitar was well packaged and dispatched on time. The guitar itself is exactly as described and is a delight to play.

About

OK, hello and welcome to my up-cycled guitar store. So what's the deal?

Firstly there are a million neat, shop bought, factory built, finely finished and spec'd guitars out there that you can buy. Broadly there are three categories:

1) The cheaper ones will stay cheap and disappear into the loft, back of a cupboard or into a dumpster. Some will be broken up and traded for parts, be badly customised, get wrecked or just die and be pulped and morphed into coffee cups.

2) The mid range ones will hang on walls, get passed around the family, played or gigged even and maybe end up in an eBay auction when space and money are needed or fashions have moved on.

3) The great guitars (hand made, specials, aged, worn or just plain classics) will hold their prices, probably increase in value and are worth keeping, gleaming and dust free. They'll be cherished, polished and played once in a while just for the necessary exercise.

So where do “up-cycled guitars” fit into this fine and relentless economic model?

Why: Well I'm in between 1 and 2 here with the very occasional flip into 3's territory. Our up-cycled guitars are based around guitars that have fallen out favour and are in need of a second life or complete rescue. Those road worn, gig worn, bedroom worn guitars that just don't cut it anymore. So I've decided to rescue a few of these poor lost souls. I take them, reshape them, straighten them out, add new (sometimes much better) parts and individualise them with one of a kind design finishes usually involving pyrography, wood colouring or engraving of some sort. In short I'm out to make some swans out of a lot of those unloved (1 & 2) ugly ducklings out there. So no two of my guitars are the same, each one is truly unique with it's own features, quirks, dings, finish and feel. Notice I ended on the “F” word there, Feel. To me how a guitar feels is really the main thing. Looks, shape and finish can be spectacular and desirable but how does it feel once you get a hold of it and start running your fingers across the fret board or scraping a plectrum on the strings? So my goal is to carefully up-cycle guitars not only so that they look good but also so they feel (and of course by definition sound) good.

What: So it's the used up, cast out, tired out guitar orphans that I adopt and transform. Some will be harvested and broken up, bodies stripped back to bare wood, necks realigned and electrics removed and upgraded or changed altogether. Faulty parts are discarded.

Money: What's an up-cycled guitar worth? OK, I'm not dumb, I understand that anything with an F or a G on the headstock will be more desirable and hold it's value (as will many other reputable names) and that someone like myself cannot compete with them. Having said that those guitars won't automatically make you a better player, that's a different thing altogether. Anyway if you're ready to spend £750 or £1000 on a guitar you're not going to come knocking on my door and I wouldn't expect you to. My range of guitars are however priced more reasonably, not based on a “name” but based on the overall quality and finish and the extra or new components that have been added i.e. better pickups (potted/cleaned/shielded), bridges, necks etc. etc. and they are all unique. You won't walk into a music shop and see a version of your (up-cycled) guitar hanging up in the end of season sale.

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  • John Barclay

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    Hi, having some fun turning an interest and hobby into a small business. Thanks for stopping by.

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