Instruments

View some of my recent instruments below. Click thumbnail for more images and specifications, click slideshows for full image. Or visit flickr for archive pictures.

DG-CB1-back-cutaway2

DG-CB1

The CB1 is a 12 fret to the body design, to give the full sweet and balanced tone of the traditional parlour guitar, but with a deep cutaway and blended heel and rib and …

DG-GHC1-soundhole

DG-GHC1

Using Hauser & Torres classic designs as inspiration this guitar is a slightly longer 640mm scale with a traditional fan strutted top and tight, integrated bracings to ribs and back.

Rib depth is extended slightly …

DG-GH2-heel-back

DG-GH2

The brief for this guitar was to develop an elegant 12 fret classic parlour design sitting somewhere between 00 and 000 sizes. The scale length is a little longer at 644mm, and the bouts …

Bill Dinsdale Guitar with gold Gotoh 510s

DG-PO1

This instrument was designed with the player as a deeper but compact, comfortable instrument to play with a warm, strong, tight, and focused bass, with slightly deeper ribs than I usually build.

Photos by cameracrewuk.tumblr.com

 

Bill Dinsdale - JBM1 mandolin carved spruce top and ebony bridge

DG-JBM1

This was a great personal commission from an ex-student and a good friend to mark his pearl anniversary, and made with materials from the furniture of his boyhood.

Classic tear-drop body with, carved European Spruce …

  • What you've achieved in my opinion is the balance between the fundamental note and overtone that I was so longing for - a mix of the woodiness of a vintage instrument and the complexity of a more modern guitar. You've done a great job, exactly what I asked for- I'm over the moon.
    Chris B, UK
  • As usual, you've done a splendid job. Many thanks!
    Gerry C, UK
  • I just wanted to thank you again for the wonderful work you have done on my Gibson. It is looking better and playing better now than it ever has since I bought it in the 70s.
    Paul B, UK
  • Just a quick email to let you know the Tele plays like a dream. I love the set up, its like a new guitar. Thanks a lot!
    Simon E, UK
  • Just thought I would drop you a line to say how well the Martin is playing since your re-fret. It really has made it a pleasure to play once again.
    Geoff H, UK
  • The guitar you fixed is fabulous. Its just like playing a new instrument. I cant stop playing it since I picked it up on Saturday!
    Ian B, UK
  • Thanks again for having a look at my guitars yesterday. I've just been playing the baritone - the difference is amazing, it's so much more responsive. Got no excuses now!
    Angus B, UK
  • The guitar is fantastic! Thank you so much. I don't think it has ever sounded so good -
    Rob A, UK
  • I have played and owned over the years a large number of “high end” guitars, Martins. Lowden, Collings etc. And the SA betters all of them!
    Simon A, UK
  • So, thank you, I absolutely love it, even my wife said , "even I can tell that this guitar sound brilliant ". Now, that is praise indeed !!!!
    Graham H, UK
  • .... dropped it in today and it is fantastic! Thank you. you have done a brilliant job. I couldn't put it down this afternoon.
    Billy H, UK
  • Hey Bill, The guitar's playing like a dream, and I can't see any issues at all at this point--thanks for your work! I'll be sure to recommend you to other guitarists.
    Sam S, UK
  • The action, fit and intonation are spot on. The guitar is a breeze to play making life easier when playing pieces with more complicated passages in. I can almost forget that I'm playing at times and just get 'lost' in the music.
    Chris B, UK
  • Just a quick "thank you" for the work you put in sorting out the Dave King 000...It has changed into a really lovely instrument thanks to your work on the tuners, pickguard and finally the action and pickup.
    Simon A, UK
  • The instrument you crafted is, in my opinion, truly outstanding; it is beautiful to look at and is a delight to play.
    Jeff B, UK
  • would like to say thank you very much and that the neck is everything that I wanted it to be. The shape, look and feel is absolutely fantastic and will look incredible when the laquer is put on.
    Dale C, UK
  • …your guitar is the envy of all players that had the chance to see it (including Stefan Grossman and Peppino D’Agostino)
    Maurizio, Italy
  • its balanced, sweet, has a punchy bass and sparlking treble (but not too much so). Oh and the sustain is perfect too, decaying at the right moment with each note ringing out. This is exactly the guitar I had in mind
    Chris B, UK
  • Thankyou so much for this guitar , it really is fantastic !!!!! Just love the whole vibe of it , really happy !! it sings ******>>>>>>………!!!!!!!!
    Graham H, UK
  • The guitar is a joy to play… Thanks again for a truly inspiring guitar, much admired by all.
    Steve B, UK
  • ...the guitar is a masterpiece and has been complimented by many guitarists, both amateur and professional.
    Richard, Oregon USA
  • I'm thoroughly impressed with the guitar and love playing it,...acoustically it is proving to be a lovely instrument and the tone is opening up
    CLAY R, UK
  • Been playing the guitar , it is fantastic, listening to my friend play it last night , as a listener it is truly amazing and looks incredible
    Graham H, UK
  • Even though the guitar is still a 'baby' it already has so much soul and personality in my opinion...and to think it's only going to get better!! I've owned or played quite a few hand-built or small shop guitars and I honestly feel that this guitar is easily my favourite- it just sounds so musical to me.
    Chris B, UK
  • Firstly, as far as sound is concerned, the sustain on this instrument is phenomenal, which is great for slow airs and more ‘atmospheric’ pieces. However, when required it can produce a clear punchy sound for the more percussive stuff.
    Martin S, UK
  • ..Just a brief note to express my thanks for the beautiful guitar. This must have been one of my most enjoyable projects ever!
    Simon A, UK
  • Thank you once again for doing a lovely job on my guitar. I have not stopped playing it since you left this morning. In actual fact it sounds and feels better than it did before. Wonderful.
    Terry, UK
  • ...the guitar is amazing although I have nearly been late for work and college on a few occasions seeing as it seems to stick to my hands when I have it out of the case!
    Gareth L, UK
  • ...the guitar has had some serious playing time now and is sounding absolutely fantatsic. I really couldn't be happier to be honest, this is exactly the guitar I was after, I wouldn't change anything. The guitar is so versatile (as I requested), from slower, airier pieces where the notes just hang in the air to more punchier, percussive pieces where the guitar sounds so clear but deep and sonorous at the same time.
    CB, UK
  • I absolutely love the instrument, it is a source of wonder for those who've seen it!
    CLAY R, UK
  • Another of the joys of this guitar is the sense of collaboration I had in its creation – everything from sound and body shape to choice of wood and decoration
    Martin S, UK

About Bill Dinsdale

With my first guitar completed in 1974, I have nearly forty years experience in designing, lecturing on, and building guitars and other fretted instruments. My instruments are played around the world by many great guitar players.

Often using classic designs as inspiration, all my guitars are individual projects built in collaboration with, and driven by the player who has ordered the instrument. I use the finest materials I can, and pay great attention to all aspects of my work.

Contact me to discuss your guitar needs or give advice and help in any way I can, or arrange a workshop visit if you prefer.

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  • What you've achieved in my opinion is the balance between the fundamental note and overtone that I was so longing for - a mix of the woodiness of a vintage instrument and the complexity of a more modern guitar. You've done a great job, exactly what I asked for- I'm over the moon.
    Chris B, UK
  • As usual, you've done a splendid job. Many thanks!
    Gerry C, UK
  • I just wanted to thank you again for the wonderful work you have done on my Gibson. It is looking better and playing better now than it ever has since I bought it in the 70s.
    Paul B, UK
  • Just a quick email to let you know the Tele plays like a dream. I love the set up, its like a new guitar. Thanks a lot!
    Simon E, UK
  • Just thought I would drop you a line to say how well the Martin is playing since your re-fret. It really has made it a pleasure to play once again.
    Geoff H, UK
  • The guitar you fixed is fabulous. Its just like playing a new instrument. I cant stop playing it since I picked it up on Saturday!
    Ian B, UK
  • Thanks again for having a look at my guitars yesterday. I've just been playing the baritone - the difference is amazing, it's so much more responsive. Got no excuses now!
    Angus B, UK
  • The guitar is fantastic! Thank you so much. I don't think it has ever sounded so good -
    Rob A, UK
  • I have played and owned over the years a large number of “high end” guitars, Martins. Lowden, Collings etc. And the SA betters all of them!
    Simon A, UK
  • So, thank you, I absolutely love it, even my wife said , "even I can tell that this guitar sound brilliant ". Now, that is praise indeed !!!!
    Graham H, UK
  • .... dropped it in today and it is fantastic! Thank you. you have done a brilliant job. I couldn't put it down this afternoon.
    Billy H, UK
  • Hey Bill, The guitar's playing like a dream, and I can't see any issues at all at this point--thanks for your work! I'll be sure to recommend you to other guitarists.
    Sam S, UK
  • The action, fit and intonation are spot on. The guitar is a breeze to play making life easier when playing pieces with more complicated passages in. I can almost forget that I'm playing at times and just get 'lost' in the music.
    Chris B, UK
  • Just a quick "thank you" for the work you put in sorting out the Dave King 000...It has changed into a really lovely instrument thanks to your work on the tuners, pickguard and finally the action and pickup.
    Simon A, UK
  • The instrument you crafted is, in my opinion, truly outstanding; it is beautiful to look at and is a delight to play.
    Jeff B, UK
  • would like to say thank you very much and that the neck is everything that I wanted it to be. The shape, look and feel is absolutely fantastic and will look incredible when the laquer is put on.
    Dale C, UK
  • …your guitar is the envy of all players that had the chance to see it (including Stefan Grossman and Peppino D’Agostino)
    Maurizio, Italy
  • its balanced, sweet, has a punchy bass and sparlking treble (but not too much so). Oh and the sustain is perfect too, decaying at the right moment with each note ringing out. This is exactly the guitar I had in mind
    Chris B, UK
  • Thankyou so much for this guitar , it really is fantastic !!!!! Just love the whole vibe of it , really happy !! it sings ******>>>>>>………!!!!!!!!
    Graham H, UK
  • The guitar is a joy to play… Thanks again for a truly inspiring guitar, much admired by all.
    Steve B, UK
  • ...the guitar is a masterpiece and has been complimented by many guitarists, both amateur and professional.
    Richard, Oregon USA
  • I'm thoroughly impressed with the guitar and love playing it,...acoustically it is proving to be a lovely instrument and the tone is opening up
    CLAY R, UK
  • Been playing the guitar , it is fantastic, listening to my friend play it last night , as a listener it is truly amazing and looks incredible
    Graham H, UK
  • Even though the guitar is still a 'baby' it already has so much soul and personality in my opinion...and to think it's only going to get better!! I've owned or played quite a few hand-built or small shop guitars and I honestly feel that this guitar is easily my favourite- it just sounds so musical to me.
    Chris B, UK
  • Firstly, as far as sound is concerned, the sustain on this instrument is phenomenal, which is great for slow airs and more ‘atmospheric’ pieces. However, when required it can produce a clear punchy sound for the more percussive stuff.
    Martin S, UK
  • ..Just a brief note to express my thanks for the beautiful guitar. This must have been one of my most enjoyable projects ever!
    Simon A, UK
  • Thank you once again for doing a lovely job on my guitar. I have not stopped playing it since you left this morning. In actual fact it sounds and feels better than it did before. Wonderful.
    Terry, UK
  • ...the guitar is amazing although I have nearly been late for work and college on a few occasions seeing as it seems to stick to my hands when I have it out of the case!
    Gareth L, UK
  • ...the guitar has had some serious playing time now and is sounding absolutely fantatsic. I really couldn't be happier to be honest, this is exactly the guitar I was after, I wouldn't change anything. The guitar is so versatile (as I requested), from slower, airier pieces where the notes just hang in the air to more punchier, percussive pieces where the guitar sounds so clear but deep and sonorous at the same time.
    CB, UK
  • I absolutely love the instrument, it is a source of wonder for those who've seen it!
    CLAY R, UK
  • Another of the joys of this guitar is the sense of collaboration I had in its creation – everything from sound and body shape to choice of wood and decoration
    Martin S, UK