Ged Green

Ged Green built his first guitar at age 15. Born into a musical family it was soon evident music would play a large part in his future. His father was an old school indentured Tool Maker steeped in traditional engineering skills and a local bandleader in his spare time, his mother was a trained classical pianist. No wonder he would then take the route he has.

Early guitars Ged owned suffered from a number of problems, SG’s with bad neck joints, Tele’s with broken truss rods so during his late teen years a chance meeting with Gordon Whittam one half of the Gordon Smith brand resulted in Ged having a series of early Gordon Smith guitars made for him. Don’t forget, at this time custom made instruments in the UK were quite thin on the ground – these guitars served as future inspiration and a lust for guitars and their surrounding technology.

After playing in various local Manchester bands Ged landed a stint with the Manchester band Alberto-Y-Los Trios Paranoias. This was just at the start of a promotional tour for their crazy, Heads down No Nonsense Boogie single. This involvement led to major shows with bands of the day Police and Ian Dury And The Blockheads and also led to an involvement with the then seminal Factory Records appearing on their FAC-2 release; all this before his 23 birthday.

Ged continued his musical voyage supplemented with stints working for Graham and Anne Mellor, owners of the infamous A1 Music Shop on Manchester’s Oxford Road. Here he initially worked selling the guitars of the day but soon progressed to in house guitar tech.

Gordon by this time had left Gordon Smith and set up the Manchester Guitar Company manufacturing his range of Gordy guitars. Ged’s friendship with Gordon resulted in Gordon letting Ged loose on his machinery and templates for a number of custom one off guitars.

Dealings with Nick Franks, one of A1’s customers led to a job offer at the now defunct Manchester mixing console manufacturer Amek; an eleven year stint, culminating in his position of manufacturing/operations director working alongside the great designers of the day Graham Langley and Rupert Neve. The sale of the company to Harman International eventually led to the closure of the Amek factory in Manchester.

So in 1999 Ged was free of Amek commitment and looking for a new direction – not content to just walk into another commercial situation without control of his future Ged moved back to his first love guitars! One early decision was to go back to college part time and study for an HND in acoustic Guitar making to add to his already wide solid body/electric knowledge. Ged makes custom one off instruments, and makes approximately 10-15 instruments a year. These can be solid body electric guitars and basses or traditional acoustic guitars and mandolins – all this balanced with running a busy repair business.

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