Modern Builder Vault 2010
February - Lindsay Wilson Guitars
By trade, Howard Robinson is a period furniture designer, fitting some of the United Kingdom’s finest period homes with gorgeous, expertly built pieces of furniture. In his spare time, he’s the talented luthier behind Lindsay Wilson Guitars. Though known as a furniture designer, Robinson has been building guitars since his youth. It all began with a Rosetti Lucky 7 acoustic that went through numerous conversions as he went through school—electric bass, SG bass, double neck guitar, and eventually two cricket bat basses. It would be decades before this hobby would turn into a craft. Ten years ago, he was inspired by a magazine cover featuring a Hollywood actress holding a stripped mahogany Fender Precision Bass. Soon after, he began building guitars one at a time. Pictured: Custom guitar built with reclaimed Cuban mahogany, maple neck, ebony fingerboard, and Karelian birch pickguard and headstock with Grit Laskin-inspired Samurai inlay.