His aim was to give people the opportunity to build their own instruments and to make the journey as easy as possible giving as much help in his video demonstrations on build techniques to finishing and ultimately getting the best out of the finished project by his music demos on the website and youtube. He always answered customers queries as in depth as he could giving them as much information as possible to encourage and help them on their way.
Baytone Pickups was created after John had seen and heard the Charlie Christian style pickups. He wanted to experiment and see if he could provide something that was equal to in looks and yet distinctive in sound whilst making them attainable to all budgets. He lovingly created these handbuilt, handwound pickups in his workshop and was always open to customers requests for modifications. Nothing phased him he would just go away into his workshop and produce something wonderful! Eventually he expanded his range to incorporate bespoke scratchplates, fretboards etc. A true genius and John constantly amazed me (as well as his customers) with his imagination,inventiveness and sheer ability to produce such wonderful items!
I know John loved the fact that worldwide there were people out there who had a Baytone pickup fitted to their guitar or even who had made their instrument from one of his plans. This was the reason he set up the Customer Gallery as he wanted to give people a platform to display their creations he was just as proud as if he had made them himself! All he ever wanted was to spread the joy of creating because he knew how satisfying that felt.
Apart from John being a wonderful husband a kind and loving father and grandfather, he was a loving,generous, kind, funny, sincere gentleman and will be greatly missed not only by his family but by the many musicians out there that loved his creations.
Thanks John for everything, your knowledge and expertise and ultimately for your designs you were a master craftsman who will be greatly missed but I know will live on through your contribution to the guitar world!
My Guitar Man!