Ben Crowe, luthier-in-charge at Crimson Guitars, is proud to build truly custom guitars, basses and extended range instruments for people who appreciate owning and loving something unique and personal. He started out by trying to be a musician but quickly realised that creating a tangible object to last the years was more to his liking. Six years messing around with repairing small stringed and woodwind instruments while continuing to formally study music in South Africa and the UK set the dye and he went back to school. West Dean College is the foremost institution for learning how to build early stringed musical instruments and after two years building viola da gambas and other instruments in the violin family Ben set up a small workshop in his garage building solid body guitars. A passion was re-born here that had been lost trying to replicate the work of those long dead Cremonese violin makers and Crimson Guitars was eventually born in 2005. Over a decade has passed and he has now built in excess of 130 boutique electric and acoustic guitars and basses.
Building instruments for such luminaries as Robert Fripp (King Crimson) and Charlie Jones (Goldfrapp) has honed his skills and the Crimson range has developed to encompass all facets of the modern guitar and bass. Each instrument he creates is entirely built by hand, with just a few power tools and a lot of dust, he believes in pushing the boundaries with every process and now also creates a range of custom pickups and even one-off pieces of guitar hardware, from 8 or 10 string tuning systems to ball bearing tremolo’s! Throughout each working day he posts photo’s of every phase of every build, you can see each instrument grow from timber to tunes live or at weeks end through the Workshop Diary!
The shop is a new venture where we supply some standard guitar parts, pickups and project bodies or necks along with a growing range of luthiers tools, we are also the UK’s distributor of the xy MIDIpad kaoss pad guitar touchpad controller.
“Establish the possible and move gradually towards the impossible” - Robert Fripp
some artists who use crimson guitars..
Robert Fripp – King Crimson, ProjeKct, Porcupine Tree etc
Charlie Jones – Goldfrapp, Page and Plant
05Ric- Gavin Harrison and 05Ric
Dennis Tirch – Stone Document
Jakko M Jakszyk – the bruised romantic glee club, level 42
Steve Evans – Siouxsie Sioux