Welcome to Stone Wolf Guitars!
Hi, my name is Mike and, alongside my business partner Martin, we’ve been running Stone Wolf Guitars since 2013. I design and build all our guitars, by hand, in my workshop in Northamptonshire.
I struggle when it comes to describing my guitars as a whole. I can’t help feeling that phrases like “premium quality” and “using only the finest materials” would be nothing but meaningless corporate speak. All I can say is that I care a great deal about my workmanship and want my guitars to last for decades. I figure the only way to make that happen is by using good quality wood and components, from sources I trust, and making sure they are built to the best possible standard I can manage.
While I really do love wood, I don’t consider it as the be-all and end-all of guitar building materials. Many of my guitars use resins and resin-composite materials in them and it gives me a great deal of freedom, especially when it comes to design aspects. Players will often ask me what they sound like and it’s an almost impossible question to answer. My best advice is try one and decide for yourself.
I’m a self taught guitar maker, that’s been building guitars since 2010. I started building guitars because I was forced to quit my regular job, as a motorbike mechanic, due to being put on kidney dialysis. During the years I couldn’t work, I needed something to keep my mind ticking over, and guitar building filled the void. I had played guitar for many years and had always wanted to build one for myself, but had no free time or woodworking knowledge. The free time was handed to me by my health but the woodworking knowledge was still missing.
I decided to press ahead anyway and bought a set of chisels, a guitar making tutorial book and a block of Sapele…The results were more than underwhelming. Despite my attempts being really quite bad, I got bitten by the guitar making bug and never stopped doing it. The guitars I made in the following couple of years still weren’t anything amazing but I was slowly improving and gaining confidence. During that time I had met my business partner, Martin, and he suggested giving the guitars a go as a proper business. We created the company in 2013 and, as they say, the rest is history.
When I look back at the guitars I made in those years, it makes me cringe quite a lot but they were a great learning experience and gave me the fundamental woodworking knowledge that I desperately needed. To any budding guitar builders out there, don’t get discouraged by any mistakes you might make, they will be invaluable to your journey!
These days, I can’t imagine doing anything else with my life, making guitars and running this business is one of the most rewarding, albeit stressful, things I can think of. I hope you all enjoy my guitars and feel free to contact me for any questions or orders!
Email – [email protected]
Phone – +447923 388 193
TBA until Martin sends me his preferred bio, I did offer to make an exciting, albeit somewhat false, one up but he declined.