Here is the grand total of things I know about Crimson Guitars:
- They are English.
- They are run by a dude named Ben Crowe who seems to be a pretty normal cat, with a small child and a head full of tribal tattoos.
- They make Robert Fripp’s signature guitar which has more knobs and switches than any guitar ever made by man
Besides making guitars featuring an incredible amount of controls…
…Mr. Crowe also appears regularly on the Yew Tewbz showing the progress of various builds and, as of late, answering questions about guitar building in a free, beginner guitar builders video podcast.
Below are a couple of episodes, but you can catch up on the lot of them in the Crimson Guitars Workshop Diary.
If you’re interested in delving further into the black art of making a musical instrument out of nothing, they even have a for pay “Luthiers Guild” site where, from what I can gather, step by step instruction can be found including a project where a novice takes one of those cheeeeeeeeeep kits that you see in every guitar magazine and tries to make a decent guitar out of it. This seems like it’s worth the price of admission, alone.
Of course that price of admission is in Great British Pounds Sterling, but it appears that a lot of Daft Paragon’s readership comes from Europe, anyway1.
Even if you pay nothing, the Crimson Guitars YouTube channel is a great way to get a regular dose of guitar building porn and there’s nothing wrong with that.
- Jay could probably tell you how many Englishmen are reading this post right now. ↩