In South Queensland Martin Pratley is creating unique timbres from native timber.
Guitar making has been a labour of love to Pratley for over 20 years. He spent his youth in the wood shop with his father, a carpenter, before going into industrial design at university. An avid surfer and camper, he pioneered a guitar that packs down by removing the neck and earned a degree of fame for his invention.
Ahead of the Melbourne Guitar Show, we caught up with Martin to chat about the history of the company, the benefits of using local tonewoods, and what to expect from Pratley Guitars in the near future.
THE SIGNATURE PRATLEY GUITAR: Perhaps the Grunwald project that we here at Australian Musician are most excited about, especially ahead of his Melbourne Guitar Show appearance, is the announcement of the RBJ-90 Ash Grunwald signature guitar by local makers Pratley Guitars!
At Pratley we our proud to be one of the main inventors of the modern stomp box. We were there at the start.
Used by many professional artists worldwide, including John Butler, Ash Grunwald and Tash Saltana.