the guitar museum : biography
James Westbrook is a graduate in music performance and a noted guitar tutor of various styles. His lecturing positions have included The London College Of Furniture (Guildhall University) world renowned for its guitar making course. He has given many lecture-recitals on the history of the guitar. These include the 1995 Classical Guitar Festival Of Great Britain and the Guild of American Luthiers 2004 convention, of which James is a member. His broad knowledge of guitars is often called upon by other authors and James was consulted for the first Eric Clapton Guitar Auction held at Christies, New York.
James has given numerous interviews for guitar magazines, newspapers, radio, television and was programme consultant to the Six Silver Strings project commissioned for the BBC.

After working as a specialist for the well known auctioneers Bonhams (London), organising numerous successful guitar sales and evaluation days, James went on to work for Mick Fleetwood's internet based auction team as their foremost authority on guitars and American fretted instruments.

James is the author of the very popular book, Guitars Through The Ages. Currently, he is writing the Classic Classics column for the British magazine Classical Guitar, and finishing his second book (due out in Dec. 2005) entitled; Guitar Masters of the 19th century, (from the Birth of the six-string to the death of Tarrega).

Pictured here is one of his own acoustic models. This guitar was based on an original 1888 Martin O-28 that he once owned. It has pre-war type scalloped X-bracing. The only major deviation to the original is the three piece back and an ebony neck reinforcement rod. It has a very low action making it a great finger picking guitar.
The electric guitar, completed in 2003 is a copy of an original 1960 Gibson Les Paul Standard. The maple top is slightly thicker than the original giving it more top end. However, making it weigh 11lbs instead of the usual 8-9 lbs. It is equipped with Gibson Classic '57 pick-ups , one having an extra few turns on the coil. All in all resulting in that classic ZZ-Top sound. His latest luthiery projects include an all-koa acoustic with snake-wood fingerboard and bridge, and a loosely based Segovia-Hauser style Classical.
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