About 42nd Street Guitars

42nd Street Guitars was founded by Angela Arnott - the 'Guitar Angel' - a UK-based luthier with more than thirty years experience, specialising in vintage guitar restoration, repairs and nitro-cellulose refinishes. Information regarding this can be found on our other website guitarangel.co.uk

Sensing that top-quality instruments were becoming out of reach for many players, we decided to put our expertise and knowledge to good use, in developing our own range of 'American vintage' inspired guitars - all built here in the UK. 

Why did we choose the name "42nd Street Guitars"? Quite simply because 42nd Street is a place where dreams come true.

All our models have carefully selected high quality hardware, electrics and components, this along with premium grade tonewoods, means 42nd street guitars are amongst the top luthier-built instruments available in the UK today.

We also offer a range of upgrade and replacement bodies and necks, all finished in nitrocellulose paints and lacquers to the highest standards, and available in a variety of NOS and aged styles. Whether you want a pristine pre-aged closet classic or an authentically worn replica in your choice of vintage colour, we can customise all of our items to meet your individual needs.

Our guitar kits – body, neck and carefully-aged nickel hardware – are a great way to get started in building your own custom instruments. We take care of the paintwork, while you get to enjoy putting it all together and to tweak the setup and add the electronics of your choice.

All of our bodies are machined here in the UK from light weight and beautifully figured Swamp Ash, Red Alder and African Mahogany to exacting standards, and we test the fit of all neck pockets, pickguards and plates before shipping to ensure that the only concern you have is which pickups and electronics to choose and fit.

We do not cut corners on our aged finishes. We start by giving your body a high quality as-new finish, with appropriate base coats and only then do we get to work in giving it an authentically aged, used, loved and worn appearance. The details matter to us – discoloured paint, unaffected colours under the pickguard and control plates, exposed primer, buckle marks and tobacco stains, dirty frets, worn lacquer and classic clay fret markers in all our rosewood fretboards. This attention to detail shines through in our finished instruments, which come complete with Bare Knuckle Pickups, are professionally set up and ready to be enjoyed.

Whether it's a "The Sinner"  model from our limited edition "British Masters" range, a classic golden era replica or a custom instrument to your own design, we make sure that whatever we make you is tailored to your style. Please get in touch for further information or to place an order.

42nd Street – where all your fantasies come true...

Angela and the 42nd Street Team xx


Hi Angela,

The body has arrived, it looks exactly as I hoped, so many thanks.

I have the whole guitar assembled now and it sounds superb. The guitar is very snappy, resonant and 'alive' - definitely what I was looking for.

I may very well be in touch next year to get a swamp ash telecaster body made, as the results I achieved on this strat have been superb.

A. Heverin (replacement strat body, hardtail, Eric Johnson white blond), Belfast