The originator of these guitars has a deep understanding of timbers and craftsmanship in wood, together with a love of guitar music. Graham has taught woodwork, completed a Graduate Diploma in Art and Design and won an Award of Excellence in the City of Perth Craft Award.

He maintains his interest in guitar design through listening, study and talking to musicians about what they want in the ideal instrument.

Graham Hawkes

In a purpose designed modern workshop at his home in Western Australia he devotes himself full time to extending the technology and art of modern guitar making. His objectives include making each instrument unique in some way and keeping an open mind in the search for improvements.


Thankyou to all those musicians who have played a guitar that I have made and shared their impressions of it with me. Karen and Isolde Schaupp, who freely educated me in what to listen for. Craig Ogden for giving the first public performance of a guitar I made. Owen Thomson and Anthony Field for sessions exploring strengths and weaknesses and all the musicians who have found the time to play instruments in order for me to hear the truth about them. Professor Rafael Andia of Paris, a generous supporter. Kathryn Weir, talented local guitarist and John Casey, director of Guitarstrophe!, a local youth guitar orchestra. All these people very, very helpful.

Press, The Australian 2004
Story: Linda Back, Picture: Andy Tyndall
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