Friday, July 01, 2011

Luthier William Kelday : Kelday Guitars

About William Kelday and Kelday Guitars from

William started his journey in the field of luthiery as a repairman and electric guitar maker in Scotland. He left Scotland to study Classical Guitar making at The London College of Furniture in 1986.

After qualifying, he set up shop in the Scottish borders and spent two years there. He then moved to Glasgow to teach Instrument Repair at Anniesland College, where he still teaches making and repair of guitar and violin part time. In 1990, William set up workshop in Campsie Glen with the late Neil Baird (a Violin Maker and Restorer). The partnership lasted for five years under the banner of The Fiddle and Guitar Shop. William recollects, "Neil taught me so much in this time. He has been a great friend and teacher and is greatly missed."

William then moved to a workshop about 100 metres along the road, which he shared with an ex-student of his, Classical Guitar Maker, Michael Ritchie. They worked together for eight years, regularly bouncing ideas and theories off each other. Currently, William owns a workshop in the beautiful village of Fintry (just over the hill from Campsie Glen situated on Nether Glinns Farm) which he shares with cello and violin maker Sheena Laurie. They have resurrected "The Fiddle and Guitar Shop" in memory of Neil.

William offers several Steel-string and Classical models.
000 | Baritone | Brazilian OM | Cocobolo 000 | Terz | Traditional | Concert | Dovetail | Double Back | Cutaway

Some sound clips from KeldayGuitars...

Jackie Coleman's / The Milliner's Daughter / Rakish Paddy / Connor Dunn's
What A Wonderful World / The Humours Of Tulla
both from the Album: Tony McManus (1995)
(Tony McManus playing his Kelday 000 - 12 Fret)

As I Roved Out
from the Album: Kate Rusby - Hourglass (1997)
(with Tony McManus playing his Kelday Baritone)

The Belly Dancer
from the Album: Gordon Duncan - Thunderstruck (2003)
(with Tony McManus playing his Kelday Baritone)

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