Bill Lewis was a widely respected Canadian luthier who sold his instruments from his shop at Broadway and Dunbar streets in Vancouver. From the late 60s until the early 80s, Bill Lewis Music was THE guitar store to visit. It wasn’t the biggest but definitely the coolest music shop in VA at the time. It was also regarded as the best place for guitar repairs back in the day.
Bill Lewis was originally a flamenco guitar player who became a renowned builder. He studied the instrument in Spain, took master classes with Andres Segovia, and spent some time working for a small guitar manufacturer there in the late 50s. The company was ‘Los Guitarerros de Majorca’.
Lewis had worked as a design consultant to some of the big names in guitar manufacturing, and had contacts throughout the industry. The Lewis guitar shop in Vancouver was a virtual Mecca to pickers in the 60s and 70s, being one of very few shops in Canada where you could actually get good, solid information on instruments and their construction.
Bill went on to form Lewis Luthiers’ Supply, offering many special purpose tools to luthiers, some of which Bill had designed himself and had manufactured in Europe. In that, he was years ahead of the curve. He was generous with his time and knowledge, especially with younger builders.
Bill Lewis also designed and built approx 40 – 60 solid body electric guitars which found their way into some very famous hands.
It is well known that David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) used his on Dark Side of the Moon, and on subsequent tours. See – http://www.gilmourish.com/?p=7977
Jimmy page had two and sold them in recent years for astronomical amounts. Eric Clapton played a Lewis solid body for an entire Blind Faith concert in Vancouver, Canada in 1969.
This guitar has had only one owner, an Australian who actually worked for Bill in Vancouver in 1976. She used it professionally in North America and Europe through the 1970s and 80s. But it has had too little use in recent times, so it’s time to move it on to a new owner.
This very rare, and quite unique Lewis Flamenco is now on the market for the first time in over 40 years.
It is of spruce & maple construction, with a rosewood fingerboard. It features authentic traditional peg through headstock tuners, which actually work very well. Consequently there is no metal used in the structure of this guitar so it weighs in at a flyaway 3.03 lbs.
It is in totally original condition, with no changes, repairs, modifications and no issues. It is as structurally sound as the day it was built. It has been kept in its case and well looked after by a meticulous owner.
The sound is bright, bold and beautiful. It is loud and percussive, with a powerful projection associated with the very best Spanish flamenco instrument builders.
In 1981 this guitar was valued at AUD$1000 by legendary Australian luthier and then owner of Sydney Guitar Centre, Robin Moyes. The valuation is in the case. Adjusted by inflationtool.com that A$1000 in 1981 is now worth over A$4000.
This is a wonderfully light and lively flamenco guitar with a lovely character all its own. It’s probably the only Bill Lewis guitar available for sale in Australia. A unique instrument that deserves a new life with an appreciative second owner.
Comes in its original hard case in good condition.