About / Introduction to axeKool

Hi, my name is Andrew, and thank you for visiting my website

I am the owner of axekool guitars and here is a little bit about my background as a musician and a guitar tech / luthier.

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I was born into a family who loved music and a father who was a pioneer of quadraphonic sound and collected vinyl records. 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 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 covers 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 13 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 became a 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 all those years ago. I did repairs via word and mouth and when I recently moved to the outskirts of Cheltenham, I decided to make it a business and give it a name “axeKool” and a website! I also put together a dedicated guitar workshop which is well equipped for just about anything coming through the door. I do have plans to expand in the not to distant future.

I am a perfectionist and have an eye for detail and take a great pride in my guitar work. I keep my prices low and enjoy my work, which is more like a hobby than a living. My favorite part of the work is electrical, as it reminds me of my late father. I have a few professional musicians on the books and also a few clients with large guitar collections.

Thanks for reading
Andrew


 

My Guitars

I play guitar myself and write and record my own Blues tracks. I have owned most types of guitar over the years, but recently decided to sell what I don’t use and keep with my real passion, Les Paul’s. These are what I work with when recording in my home studio.

So I now have 4 guitars: (adding photos of these soon)

Gibson USA Les Paul Standard ’50s GoldTop

(Photo coming soon)

The Show Piece (Kathleen)
As it should be…
Full Weight
Proper Electrics
Normal tuners
…As the originals were in the 50’s

 

Epiphone Les Paul Standard Pro Ltd Ed PlusTop in Red Wine

Epiphone Les Paul Standard Pro Limited Edition Plus Top in Red Wine

The Vintage Blues Lady (Jennifer)
Bare Knuckle “Peter Green” Humbucker Pickups (Out of Phase).
Bumble Bee Caps (paired).
Vintage Wiring Harness, all bells and whistles with a lot of attention to detail.

 

Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus 1960 Aquamarine

Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus 1960 Aquamarine

The Works Guitar. (Lynn)
It has Gibson USA ’57 Classic Plus Humbucker Pickups, Coil splitting and locking Grover tuners as standard. I am a total traditionalist normally and don’t have coil splitting on my guitars. However, it really does make this guitar versatile for experimenting with tones and that’s why it is the go to work horse of the 4 guitars I own.

Epiphone ES355 Pro
Limited Edition in White.

Epiphone ES 355 Ltd Edition

The Blues Machine (Sarah)
Bare Knuckle “Stormy Monday” Humbucker Pickups.
Duelund PIO Caps.
Vintage Wiring Harness, all bells and whistles with a lot of attention to detail.

I was cutting them up and modifying the pickups, bridges, controls and just about everything else. All the things that I wanted just gave them a lot of grey hair up there at Gibson – Les Paul.