Sam McLaren

Dear York Guitar Society,
I’m a guitar maker from the North East of England, making Concert Classical Guitars, 19th century guitars and Steel string guitars.
I've been making for over 8 years, and have worked with Peter Barton and Christopher Dean, before setting up my own workshop. 

I design and make all of the guitars that come out of the workshop, including the French polish finishes.

During April 2018, I am offering a 15% discount on all new orders placed for a limited time only. 
This discount would reduce the starting price of a Concert Classical guitar from £3200 to £2720, (saving £480).
Lacote model guitar is reduced from £3500, to £2975, (saving £525).
Steel string models S-12 and S-16 reduced from £3100, to £2635, (saving £465).

More details and pictures can be seen on my website: www.mcclarenguitars.co.uk

Jonathan Parkin plays a Lacote model https://youtu.be/R65HQEfIrI8
Michael Christian Durrant plays his Concert Classical Guitar
https://youtu.be/knZyzhMNeP0

Sam McClaren - workshop
https://youtu.be/tDuZ5RfsqgA

“I remember the first time I visited Sam’s workshop just outside Yarm. Set back from the road and surrounded by trees, it quickly becomes obvious that this is a beautiful, serene place. Upon entering, the rich smell of freshly cut cedar wood hits you - it’s really quite a sensual experience! Sam’s guitars reflect this peaking of the senses. The tone and responsiveness of his instruments are excellent, and I’ve always been impressed at how intuitive my McClaren guitar is to play. I believe that a luthier will always put a little piece of their own personality into their instruments, and Sam’s guitars reflect his warm, engaging character.”

Michael Christian Durrant, Classical Guitarist


I would be delighted to arrange a visit to your society, or to welcome you and your members to my workshop. Allowing you to ask any questions that you might have.
Look forward to hearing from you.
Kindest Regards,
Sam McClaren 

Chris Gillson

I have been building classical guitars since 1999, first at Merton College in London and later I was lucky enough to attend the Romanillos course in Siguenza, Spain. I use traditional woods and methods, aiming to produce light, resonant and responsive instruments.

www.gillsonguitars.co.uk