John Spence is the founder and proprietor of Premier Guitars. Having fallen under the spell of The Beatles, and later The Rolling Stones as a youngster, John has been playing in bands since he was 12 years old – some a bit famous, and many not so.
John was a founding member of legendary Sydney based “thrashgrass” ensemble The Fargone Beauties, and has shared the stage with Tommy Emmanuel, Billy Thorpe, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, James Burton, Kevin Borich, Ian Moss, Ross Wilson, Angry Anderson, Joe Camelleri, James Black, Phil Emmanuel, Barry Leef, Rex Goh, Mal Eastick, Troy Cassar Daley, Terry Murray, James Gillard, Kevin Bennett, Doug Parkinson, Brian Cadd, Glenn Shorrock and many others, over many years.
John also has over twenty years of experience in concert production, music & TV production, project development and event management. He has specialized in the production of multi-artist concerts and events, and often when they cross over into television. These have included the Sydney Olympic Ceremonies, the Golden Guitar Awards, Sydney Festival concerts, many ABC productions and corporate events.
In 2001 John was the producer of The Guitar Show, a 13 part TV series celebrating everything that is intriguing about the guitar & the people who play them. John interviewed some of the world’s greatest players including Angus Young, Ben Harper, Richie Sambora, Tommy Emmanuel, Andy Summers, Steve Morse from Deep Purple/Dixie Dregs, Eric Johnson, Martin Taylor, Tony Joe White, Taj Mahal, Little Feat, National steel guitar virtuoso Bob Brozman, Buddy Miller, Jeff Lang, Brett Garsed, Slava Grigoryan, Will Ray, Jerry Donahue, Rod McCormack, and Roger McGuinn. The Guitar Show series was broadcast multiple times on ABC TV and The Ovation Channel in Australia, and has been sold in 14 countries around the world.
In his corporate and production work John has engendered the trust of many high-profile clients and eminent artists. He has relied on his professional standing and personal credibility to maintain a reputation for honesty, integrity and discretion – all qualities vital for the success of any business.
John founded Premier Guitars to concentrate on his lifelong passion for guitars and everything that makes them interesting. Premier Guitars is focused on making top quality guitars available to fellow musicians, investors and collectors throughout Australia and further afield.