Rob Armstrong guitar 746

Rob Armstrong of Coventry built this amazing guitar, number 746, in November 2005. Cedar top, Indian rosewood back & sides, mahogany binding, ebony fingerboard, rosewood bridge, flamed mahogany headstock veneer

While rehearsing with Dave Swarbrick and Kevin Dempsey in Coventry, I popped round to see Rob, who lives round the corner. He brought this guitar out and said, "What do you think of this one then?" After a few minutes I realised that I was holding one of Those Instruments. "You rotter", I said, or words to that effect. "now I'll have to sell something because I have to have that instrument. Work out a price for me so that I can figure out what to sell." I called round a couple of days later to ask the price. "I've decided to give it to you." I was gobsmacked! "H-h-h-how come?" I asked. "I've never seen a musician and an instrument fall so in love so quickly before and you have to have it." What a man! I love it. I used it on the very first gig with Swarb's Lazarus, so I had to get him to put a pickup in it straight away. There's a Fishman transducer under the saddle.

As you can see, this is not the usual kind of bridge. No bridge pins mean that not only are the strings changed very quickly, but there is not the usual block under the bridge, so Rob was able to redesign the strutting inside.

This was just as the struts were glued in, before shaving. You can see that the strutting is very different under the bridge.

This is what Rob drew on the back of the photo of the struts...