About Us

Hello, and welcome to Monty's Guitars.

Monty's is run by Matt Gleeson who has been working as a professional luthier, building and repairing guitars, for ten years, starting out in Chandler Guitars in Kew where he was able to learn from the best and repair for the best, from the guys who started it back in the ‘60s to the young guns of today.

 Monty’s can undertake any level of repair and set-up work from a re-string (though it’s about time you learnt to do that yourself – see below) through to full custom builds of bolt-on type guitars with custom electrics including Monty’s increasingly well regarded pickups.

Monty’s range of pickups emerged after extensive measuring, thinking, re-measuring and more thinking on Matt’s part and his access to classic pickups during his time dealing with the Surrey stars’ guitars proved exceptionally useful during the development period.

After what felt like an age of testing, listening, tweaking, starting over, and tweaking again, Monty's now has a range of custom pickups to rival anything available anywhere.

Stratocaster, Telecaster, P90 and Humbucker sets are available and we use both traditional and modern techniques to create a better pickup. Our vintage style pickups are made in the traditional way always.

 We have recently released a twin jfet boost pedal with effects loop called the MORE! which has generated interest. We are intending to release a fuzz pedal with each enclosure painted by someone you might have or should have heard of, the profits from which will go to charity. We have a new guitar wax available and on the subject of learning how to re-string your own guitar, we will very shortly be offering workshop days where you can come along and learn guitar maintenance skills, set-up hints and wrinkles and have your technical questions answered

Clients include Dave Gilmour, Pete Townshend, Radiohead, Biffy Clyro, Band of Skulls, Mike Vennart, The Subways, The Staves, Dave Gregory, Bill Steer, Camel, Nick McCabe, Bernard Butler, Kasabian, Katie Melua, We Are Scientists, Haim, Robbie McIntosh, Tim Pierce, Terry Britten, Ruts DC, The Temperance Movement, Vintage Trouble, The Duke Spirit, Pat Metheny, and many more. Search “Monty’s PAF’s” on YouTube for a selection of satisfied private clients.

 If you want something that's not on our website, we also offer a custom shop service. So get in touch and we'll help you capture that tone you are looking for.

Monty's main workshop is in Acton, West London. 

Please contact me for further details.