Matt is the brains, brawn and (most importantly) boss-man-in-chief here at Monty’s. Matt started Monty’s back in 2010, having been trained by veritable titans of guitar repair, including Charlie Chandler, Brinsley Schwarz, Ian Allerton and Paul Herman. In total, he has accrued 20 years of experience repairing guitars and making pickups for the likes of Dave Gilmour, Pete Townshend, Mark Knopfler and many, many more. Early on in his career, Matt took an interest in what it was that makes great vintage guitar pickups ‘tick’. With unfettered access to examples of pretty much every pickup ever made, Matt became an expert in guitar pickups; he designs all of Monty’s pickups. These days, Matt gets involved in pretty much every aspect of the business, from repairing guitars and winding pickups to designing custom artwork or getting our paperwork in order.
George is responsible for running our office and looking after all our magnificent customers (hopefully that’s you); if you send an email in our direction, chances are that George will be the one to intercept it. Having spent years working for a major guitar industry parts supplier, George really knows his stuff, so he’s well placed to answer any and all questions you might have about basically anything guitar related. He’s also a nifty repair person, just at home in the workshop as he is in the office. Well before joining Monty’s, George was putting together all kinds of bolt-on style guitars in his garden shed and has developed a knack for producing flawless oil finishes. With an eclectic musical taste and self-proclaimed ‘music ADD’, George never fails to put on great, interesting music, making the office an incredibly tuneful place to work.
Chris is Matt’s younger brother and, alongside Matt, is the chief pickup maker at Monty’s. Whether it is fabricating the flatwork, winding the bobbins or final assembly, Chris does almost all the work that goes into making a Monty’s pickup. He’s also becoming a bit of a video editing maestro and is responsible for the final spit and polish on all the videos we make for YouTube and Instagram. Chris is also a talented drummer (we’ve almost forgiven him) and does session work for a number of local bands. .
April is the empress of paperwork and helps source the weird, wonderful things that we use in our products and workshop. A part-timer at Monty’s and a full-time mum of three, April occasionally brings one of her wonderful little people into the office with her.
The newest addition to the Monty’s team, Kev is a full-time repair person, responsible for many of the fantastic things that come out of Monty’s workshop. Kev has years of experience in and around guitars, starting his career playing in a variety of professional bands -including Fabric, Capricorns and Bridge and Tunnel- and later working as a touring guitar tech and tour manager. A valuable addition to the team, Kev is a talented woodworker and has joined Monty’s off the back of three years studying luthiery. When he’s not repairing your guitars, Kev makes his own -really rather lovely- guitars from scratch.
A boisterously bearded bluesman, John J Presley is a touring artist and Monty’s resident electronics wizard. Able to wield a soldering iron with skill and precision worthy of Achilles, John is responsible for breathing the elixir of life back into any and all of the amps and pedals that find themselves in need of a little Monty’s love. John is also a fully-fledged musical artist with a sound rooted in electric blues and a visceral, entrancing voice.
Gelert is a good friend of Monty’s and helps out as a volunteer for a couple of mornings a week. With a background doing computery things that the rest of us don’t understand, Gelert spends his time sorting our advertising and web integration. He’s also a dab hand at a variety of preparatory tasks for pickups. When he’s not helping at Monty’s, Gelert is a beatmaker. For those amongst us not fully up to speed with contemporary parlance, this means he uses a digital computational device to make electronic music. And his beats are well sick. Innit…
Although he primarily functions on as touring tech, working with bands that you’ve definitely heard of, Scott is also a visiting repair person here at Monty’s. As well as being a fantastic tech with an exceptional eye for detail, Scott is an all-round nice guy and a veritable fount of knowledge gained from life on the road. Scott has worked with a staggering array of bands, including the Arctic Monkeys and Keane. When he isn’t on tour or busying himself in Monty’s workshop, Scott can be found working as a backline tech for The Voice UK. A titan amongst guitar techs, the industry has affectionately dubbed him with the moniker ‘Scoot’. In a display of his near boundless wisdom, Scott tells us that the official collective noun for a group of guitar techs is a ‘moan’.
Steve is the mastermind behind Audio Kitchen amplifiers, a range of exceptionally exceptional amps used by a plethora of fantastically famous guitar players, including Reeves Gabrels, The Edge and Ed O’Brien. Whilst not technically an employee of Monty’s, Steve is an incredibly dear friend and is the co-designer of our MORE! double boost pedal- the Monty’s family wouldn’t be the same without him. A true electronics genius and a seriously nice guy, Steve also sports what is incontrovertibly, objectively and/or indisputably the best beard known to personkind.