About Me-Paul Goddard

big hands for a guitarleleBy Luthier Paul Goddard


I have big hands, it has been said. It first became apparent to me growing up in Wales when at the age of seven I joined guitar club at primary school. I graduated from the ukulele, which I’d cut my teeth on the previous two years teaching myself  “When I’m cleaning windows” and other George Fornby classics in the front room. There was a bargain at the supermarket, you see…jumbo American country sunburst guitars piled high and going cheep. So I progressed directly from the ukulele to an American jumbo steel string acoustic.

As a young adult I spent three years at art college working with an unimaginable variety of media. I’ve worked on all manner of wooden creations in construction and house renovation. Focusing on new carpentry, fenesterie and structural timber renovations. I also steered 44 tonnes of articulated lorry around Europe for a few years. Often carrying a variety of imported exotic timbers from the Docklands of Holland and Belgium to other European destinations.

paul goddard wood bending My passion for all stringed instruments has grown and grown. Finally, I decided to re-apply myself and started training in the art of luthiery.  I learnt my craft while living in Muro de Alcoy, Alicante, Spain.  A town famous for its master luthiers and home to a major European classical guitar producer.

I now  build around twelve unique, hand crafted guitars every year in my own workshops.


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“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” – B.B. King

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” – Plato