Created, Handcrafted, Perfected

At Lakestone, we take traditional designs and include real innovation to produce exceptionally beautiful instruments that play and sound as good as they look.

We offer three base models: the SL (Small Lakestone), OM (Orchestra Model) and JM (Jumbo Model), all with a wide range of custom options available.

New SL Model OM Model JM Model LB Model

With over 30 years of experience in guitar making, Tony Wright named Lakestone Guitars as a new brand that would combine expert craftsmanship with new technology using the highest quality materials with a constant emphasis on achieving truly great tone.

Each guitar is uniquely hand-made, with materials that are in sympathy with the design, making it possible to use woods that are sometimes a little out of the ordinary.

Our Story

The Lakestone Story, Tony & Sam Wright Father and Son Tony and Samuel Wright

Tony Wright has been a musician since he was 15 years old, starting with guitar and moving on to bass.

When Tony was asked to join a professional band, he realised that his instrument wasn't up to spec. He tried to purchase a guitar, but this proved to be really difficult as all the instruments of the quality he wanted were going to cost thousands of pounds. So, Tony decided to put his musician, design and craft skills together and build his first instrument, and Necx Guitars was born.

The Universal Fret Slotter

Tony had been repairing and building high quality instruments for about 25 years when there was another development. He applied his experience in tooling design to the guitar making market. The now well-known "Universal Fret Slotter" was developed as probably the best fret slotter on the market. Many luthiers around the world use this indispensable guitar making tool.

A New Partnership

Having made electric guitars and basses for years, Tony also mentored young luthiers. One of these students was Samuel, his youngest son. As they began working together, they decided to design and develop acoustic guitars. For the next five years, working on a steep learning curve, Tony and Samís first prototypes proved so responsive that the professionals and music shops who tried them quickly recognised the excellence in quality and tonality.

The Legendary Benny Matthews from Band THUNDER playing a Lakestone SL at the Birmingham Symphony Hall, January 2019

A Very Welcome Phone Call

Sometime into the development of these prototypes, Tony was unexpectedly contacted by one George Lowden. To cut a long story short, George invited Tony to his workshops in Down Patrick near Belfast. Tony has worked with George on several projects, helping to improve production procedures.

The Fan Fret

The first project of interest was the Lowden Fan Fret. George had already designed and built the first prototypes and they had been received with great acclaim at the NAMM exhibition in USA. Tony designed and built the jig that allows Lowdenís fanned fret guitars to be put into full production. Now, new models are being produced under the brand name of Lakestone guitars.

Reuben Morgan of Hillsongs with his Custom Lakestone OM-D

Increasing Interest

During 2015, Lakestone completed their first guitars, and offered them to various local shops and musicians for review. The response was beyond Tony and Sam's wildest dreams - with extremely positive reactions to each of the new models. Soon, Wolverhampton's Express & Star newspaper contacted them to do a feature on Lakestone Guitars.

Watch the Express & Star interview here.