Several years ago, whilst on tour in the States we were introduced to Mike Armand through a very close friend. Mike, an established carpenter in Lecompte Louisiana, had just begun a side line to his beautiful furniture making company building a few guitars. He had only built a handful of guitars at this point and they completely blew us away with the build quality, beauty and most importantly the unbelievable sound that they made. His guitars were perfect for the style and way that we play guitar.
On our 2015 Spring Tour to America we spent a couple of days with Mike at his Aubade Guitar Workshop choosing woods and designing our new custom Rosellys guitars. Mike finished 'No 41' and 'No 43' ready for our 2015 Fall Tour, here are some photos of the build process as they developed. We were expecting exceedingly high quality instruments and we were not disappointed. They play and look incredible and they sound even better than they look. We are beyond happy with our new guitars and we fully endorse Aubade Acoustic Guitars.
Mikes Website is here.
The Rosellys' bassist Matt Kirby:
‘I first met Angela Arnott 10 years ago, when she did some work on one of my Tobias basses. Receiving the bass back I was amazed at the quality of the work, and I soon realised why she has earned the reputation as ‘The Guitar Angel’- she is a UK-based luthier with more than thirty years’ experience! Following one of our frequent discussions about American vintage basses (we both have the bug) – I was excited to learn that Angela had founded 42nd Street Guitars, a line of ‘American vintage’ inspired guitars – all built in the UK, perfect for The Rosellys ‘British Americana’ vibe. I am really pleased to endorse 42nd Street Guitars, through my new B-Cab bass. This is an exceptional bass sporting a TV Jones Thundertron pick up, satin nitro finished top bound alder body with belly cut, lightly aged hardware and nitro tinted neck.’
You can see more American inspired, British built custom guitars at Angela's website www.42ndstreetguitars.co.uk