The Acoustic Centre Story

At the beginning of 2008, the Acoustic Centre closed its flagship store on the edge of the square mile in the city of London, having completed 15 successful years as "the original acoustic guitar specialist" with additional branches in Birmingham (10 years) and Manchester (5 years),

Established in London in 1993 by House Music Limited, within the same East London premises as globally renowned bass specialists, the Bass Centre, the Acoustic Centre quickly established a similar worldwide reputation with a wealth of inventory and product knowledge totally unique to the music industry.

Alongside huge stocks of acoustic instruments from industry leaders Yahama, Ovation, Fishman, EMG, Guild, Gibson, Washburn,Trace Acoustic, Taylor, Martin and Takamine, plus a constantly refreshed, choice selection of deep-cut and vintage classics, the store was the first to showcase a wide selection of, then-unknown, independent American boutique imports. After bringing Santa Cruz, Breedlove and Bourgeois guitars into the United Kingdom for the first time, 1997 saw the Acoustic Centre introduce Collings guitars, subsequently becoming their largest dealer outside of the United States. Other exclusive imports included Tacoma, Ramirez and a full compliment of instruments from National Reso-Phonic.

As well as acting as long-term UK representatives (alongside House Music) for SWR, Norman Guitars, EMG, Polytone, Lakewood and National, the Acoustic Centre has also been proud to boast annual achievements including becoming the UK's largest Takamine and Trace Acoustic dealer, the leading C.F. Martin dealer for Europe and the biggest Lowden dealer worldwide.

In addition to the depth of exclusive stock and product knowledge, regular clinic appearances from the likes of Jan Akkerman, George Lowden, American blues troubadour, Steve James, the legendary Bob Brozman, Laurence Juber and Martin Guitar Co. president, Chris Martin IV, served to make our three stores magnets for the UK musical community, with a huge client base of professional and hobbyist players.

Now, as part of the House Music group (encompassing The Bass Centre and Brian May Guitars and representing decades of guitar specialisation) The Acoustic Centre starts a new era, with its emphasis on the development of a discrete range of premium quality AC branded product, alongside a hand-picked selection of exclusive imports from a new generation of prestige builders and innovators.

Having supplied instruments to professional musicians across the World for over 20 years, The Acoustic Centre's continued commitment to quality and service continues unabated in our new online incarnation and applies equally to professionals and enthusiasts alike.

 

Acoustic Centre Customers

A selection of the many top-tier artists who have been AC customers over the last 2 decades....

Jim Cregan (Steve Harley) - Acoustic Collection
Jimmy Murrison (Nazareth) - Acoustic Collection
Duran Duran - Taylor
Travis - Taylor
Thom Yorke (Radiohead) - Lakewood, K Yairi
Brian May - Collings, Avante
Paul Carrack - Collings
Mike Oldfield - Ramirez
David Gilmour - Martin
Johnny Marr - Martin
Justin Sullivan (New Model Army) - Martin, Lowden, EMG
The Levellers - Mimesis Blend System
Pete Townshend - Takamine
Sinead O'Connor - Lowden
Trevor Horn - Lowden
The Charlatans - Gibson
Martin Barre - Santa Cruz
Dave Stewart - National
Nick Kershaw- Santa Cruz
Marty Wilde - Guild
Joey Tempest (Europe) - Guild
"We Will Rock You" - Ovation
Kate Bush - Variaz
Pete Docherty (BabyShambles) - Maton