Providence Guitars Kevin Reuben

London Luthier Providence Guitars

Meet Providence Guitars, a luthier building unique designs that bring together the best – and sometimes contrasting – parts of classic guitars.

If you’re looking for something different you must head to this London luthier!

Started in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, Providence Guitars is run by Kevin Williams, who cut his teeth working for the celebrated Monty’s Guitars; and Reuben Gotto, who has worked as a touring backline tech for artists such as Robert Plant, Foals, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Pixies, Alt-J, Lianne La Havas, Nile Rodgers, and many more.

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Tagua nut carving into a guitar nut
Carving a Tagua seed into a guitar nut

As well as being made with the very best parts – including Rotosound strings –Providence Guitars are made from interesting materials. Some models are made from roasted pine, which Kevin explains is very light and resonant despite it being an extremely durable wood.

Another seldom-seen material is used as a replacement for animal bone to make vegan-friendly guitar nuts and saddles. During our visit, Reuben was carving a Tagua seed into an animal-friendly nut for an acoustic guitar.

If you’re looking for something different you must head to this London luthier!

Providence Guitars workshop with Rotosound string packs

The music in this film was recorded with instruments built by Providence Guitars and strung with Rotosound Roto electric guitar strings.

Each episode of Builders Brew takes a behind-the-scenes look at the workshops and working practices of luthiers; we explore why they do what they do; and we find out why Rotosound strings are the choice of expert instrument makers.


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