The Guitar Den

Hand-Picked Guitars, Amps and Accessories from independent Hampshire guitar shop, The Guitar Den

The Guitar Den is run by guitarist and guitar educator Joe Summerfield, bringing together a selection of fine, hand crafted guitars, basses, and amplifiers.

Behind The Guitar Den is passion for getting great guitars and amps that are outside of the mainstream into players’ hands; as well as for providing outstanding customer service. In every piece of equipment we supply, we look for quality, tone, playability, and beauty. We go the extra mile because we love guitars and want to share the best with you.

Why Bacchus and Seventy Seven?

I’m very proud that The Guitar Den can offer Bacchus and Seventy Seven guitars, from Japan. To me they represent the pinnacle of the great Japanese guitar making story. Unparalleled quality and craftsmanship, and value.

I’ve always been interested in introducing people to guitars that are a little out of the ordinary – there are some wonderful options out there for players outside of the big brands. I spent years trading MIJ instruments, particularly vintage. I was drawn to these guitars by the story of their evolution, and by the devotion of the people that made them.

When I found about Deviser (Bacchus, Seventy Seven, Headway, and Momose), and discovered that they were producing traditionally hand crafted instruments in Japan, I had to get involved in getting these guitars into the hands of players in “The West".

To me, Deviser and the Deviser brands represent a new chapter in the exciting story of Japanese guitar making. I’m honoured to supply these outstanding guitars. As a player myself, I urge every guitarist and bassist to check them out!

Why Matamp?

When I first learned of Matamp having been behind the classic Orange amplifiers, and of the fact that they are still making amps by hand in England, I got in touch right away and ordered one for myself. That was in 2001 and I have played them ever since. They’re hand made in the UK, and the components and build quality is second to none. They are extremely responsive to the dynamics of your playing, the mids are rich and full, and the sound kicks right through the mix – in a live band situation, there is nothing better.

Matamp amplifiers have been being made by hand in a small workshop Huddersfield since 1958. Having designed and built the legendary Orange amps of the 60’s to early 70’s, Matamp has played a major role in forming the British rock sound. I feel delighted and privileged to be working with Matamp, helping players find killer tone.

Be sure to check out the Matamp range, and get in touch if you have any questions.