Search

‘Sky’s the limit’ for Woodford Green guitar makers who’ve worked with You Me At Six and Four Year Strong

11:30 02 February 2013

Leigh Dovey runs a custom guitar company from a small workshop in Woodford Green

Leigh Dovey runs a custom guitar company from a small workshop in Woodford Green

Archant

The guitars strummed on stage by your favourite band could one day be hand-built in a Woodford Green workshop if two friends’ business success continues.

If you’re a fan of British rock group You Me At Six or American pop punk band Four Year Strong, you will already have seen the handiwork of PJD Guitars.

For the past two years, Leigh Dovey and business partner Ben Flower, both 26, have been handcrafting electric guitars and basses and pitting themselves against the giants of Fender and Gibson from their workshop in Ewanrigg Terrace.

Leigh said: “We wanted to do something a little bit different.

“Most of the big companies are off-the-peg, mass-produced. We wanted to add a little bit of a personal touch to the guitars.”

As a part-time sound engineer, Leigh has always played guitars and from watching his father, Phillip John Dovey, in action as a propmaker for the Royal Opera House, he picked up the necessary technical skills without realising it.

Sadly, Phillip died five years ago at the age of 58 but his legacy included the workshop in which Leigh and Ben build the instruments. In turn, they named the company after him.

Leigh admitted that he and Ben, who has a background designing architectural models, found it difficult at first to get anyone to pay attention to their handiwork, including standard guitars from £550 to customs starting at £1,000.

Working with Four Year Strong though on two hollow-body guitars with maple necks and fretboards “helped us out” said Leigh, and after crafting a bass for Matt Barnes in You Me At Six, the company will work with the British band again in the next couple of months.

They “brainstorm” ideas with customers and say the “sky’s the limit” on what they can do.

• Visit www.pjdguitars.co.uk for information.

0 comments

Latest News Stories

36 minutes ago
Roger Cornish is now campaigning for CPR to be taught in London schools

A man who was saved by quick-thinking passers-by has called on Londoners to help fund the training of children in life saving skills at school.

Yesterday, 09:00
Madhia Liaquat, 13, has raised money for Great Ormond Street hostpital by baking, 5k runs, and gets support from local businesses. She is also an ambassador for autism and goes out and about in the local community to raise awareness (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

A kind-hearted girl who has always tried to help those less fortunate has been nominated for the Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Young Citizen Award.

Fri, 18:06

The A406 between Ilford and Redbridge Roundabout is gridlocked following an earlier accident.

Fri, 16:14

A 56-year-old man who exposed himself in a churchyard has been sentenced to 12 weeks in prison.

Most read news

Protesters have been warned they are banned from setting up camp at the landmark.

John Cantlie features in the new IS video, in which he talks about a recent failed military attack.

From Britain First’s Facebook posts, you would assume they’d won the Rochester by-election. They didn’t, but they’re claiming it anyway.

At 100 years old, this was Ruby Holt’s first visit to the beach – and the first time she saw the ocean.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ilford Recorder e-edition today E-edition