About / Introduction

Hi, my name is Andrew, I am the owner of axekool guitars and here is a little bit about my background as a musician and a guitar tech / luthier. I was born into a family who loved music and a father who was a pioneer of quadraphonic sound. My early childhood memories are me sitting in our living room in London where my dad had speakers and wiring everywhere while he was playing with stereo quadraphonic sound and effects. He was obsessed by sound and music and never seemed to be without a soldering iron in his hand.

I started getting involved in music as a musician about 25 years ago and purchased a bass guitar and joined a classic rock band. I later purchased an electric and acoustic guitar and started doing vocal work, and I fell in love with the whole musician thing.

I stopped working as a musician about 10 years ago, but have worked with and been a member of a few bands including, Rock, Blues and Tribute bands. With a mechanical / electrical engineering and design background, repairing and working with guitars came an nice side line, as I found guitars to be creative, but still technical and intricate enough to be interesting to work on.

I started repairing guitars when I first became a musician as there was no guitar shops local to where I lived and I thought. I set up a little business doing this about 10 years ago, just with word and mouth and last year I moved to Cheltenham, Gloucestershire and decided to make it a full time business and give it a name “axekool” and a website!

I am a perfectionist and have an eye for detail and take a pride in my guitar work. Like a lot guitarist I am pretty obsessed by music and I am a massive classic rock fan, but love all music and tastes.

I keep my prices low and enjoy my work, which is more like a hobby come busmans holiday.

Thanks for reading
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