Hitting the road

I am a professional backline technician, musician, songwriter, and also offer a come-to-you guitar setup service. My main instruments are drums and guitar, both of which I have played professionally for a variety of bands and performers.

I have been very lucky to have worked with some of the most prestigious artists in the music business, including The Rolling Stones, The Killers, Kaiser Chiefs, Mumford & Sons (my current campaign), plus many many more. Read the full list.

In my spare time I am also a songwriter, creating music in many different genres for artists and various other publishing domains.

“That’s Barney, he’s wonderful Barney!” – Bill Wyman, Rolling Stones

“Thanks for everything on this tour. I’m lucky to work with you …. you are the best in the biz. You make me love my job!” – Winston Marshall – Mumford & Sons

MY SERVICES

During my career I have been fortunate to work for some of the very best musicians, songwriters and other technicians in the music business.

My touring technician services mainly include all aspects of guitars and drums for some of the leading names in the industry (but more recently this has included banjo! – I’m currently writing this from the road on a world tour with Mumford & Sons – see below)

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I have also had the pleasure to play with some incredible musicians during my career – some you may know well, some you may not.

Honky Tonk Woman Live with Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings - Hampton Court, 2008

IMG_2708From an early age I’ve always been interested in making music, and when I’m not on the road any downtime I do get I spend writing for personal use, as well as writing for various publishing projects, plus I’ve been very lucky to collaborate with some of the most renowned musicians in the world.

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When I’m not on the road I also offer a guitar setup home service.

Initial call out charge of £50 of which in which I will review and record the current guitar set up on arrival and then discuss on what can be done to get your guitar playing at it’s absolute best.

The following prices should be treated as a guide only. Please call or email for further details or to discuss your guitar issues.

Prices do not include parts and consumables.

GUITAR RESTRING SERVICE, from £25
This basic service alone can really make a difference to how your instrument plays and sounds.
Any basic minor tweaks that may be needed to improve set up will be made. This includes truss rod, bridge and nut adjustment.

GUITAR ACTION / INTONATION SERVICE, from £40
As above, plus improving playability and intonation.

FULL GUITAR SERVICE/SET-UP from £60 (Acoustic Guitars) £65 (Electric Guitars)
Includes;

  • Adjustment for optimal action for your instrument & personal playing style
  • Fret dress
  • Nut – check/adjust/cut
  • Bridge & saddles – check/adjust/cut
  • Check/clean electrics
  • Lubricate all mechanical moving parts
  • Check & adjust truss rod
  • Before & after measurements provided
  • New strings included (except specialist + bass)
  • Complimentary clean of your instrument

Prices will vary for each job and a quotation will be given on request. An exact quotation cannot be given until the instrument has been thoroughly inspected but you can be sure that no work will be carried out until we have discussed the nature and cost of the proposed work. Should the need for additional work become apparent during a repair, that work will not be carried out without full disclosure and agreement.

Please do not hesitate to contact me to find out more or to book in your guitar service.

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