Simon Fay

While on track to begin graduate studies in Virology, Simon Fay made the rather unusual transition to instrument building. In his own words, "I think the most promising characteristic of a great luthier is a drive for perfection. It makes no sense to spend 150 hours on an instrument just to make it okay. And I think that is why I love lutherie so much. It is a great expression of spontaneous creativity and purposed design. It is both intellectual and hands-on. And it is more than just fine woodworking because it is a blending of those skills with the mediums of art and music. In summary, I have found few things more satisfying than stringing up a guitar for the first time - knowing that all my hard work will be passed on to another to be used as a springboard for their own passion and creativity."

Simon Fay chooses to focus his efforts on just one model — the Modern OM. This model is a contemporary redesign of the traditional Martin OM that is heavily influenced by the elegance and beauty of the classical guitar. Simon builds with a strong emphasis on clarity, note separation, and balance but not at the expense of tonal complexity and warmth. The response is lively and vibrant with excellent volume and projection. This design is versatile and can accommodate a wide variety of playing styles from melodic fingerstyle to heavy strumming.

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Available Models

SOLD: 2013 Simon Fay Model 1

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24" Short Scale Length
Claro Walnut Back & Sides
Sinker Redwood Top
Ebony Bindings
Fossilized Ivory Bridge Pins
Alessi Tuners

 

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SOLD: 2012 Simon Fay OM

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Ziricote Back & Sides
Mastergrade Sinker Redwood Top
Ebony Bindings
Ebony Fretboard & Bridge
Cosmo Black Gotoh 510 Tuners

 

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SOLD: 2011 Simon Fay OM

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Brazilian Rosewood Back & Sides
Red Spruce Top
Ebony Bindings
Ebony/Shebua Purflings
Pau Ferro Tile Rosette
BRW Headstock Veneer
Bois de Rose Bridge
Keith Robson Tuners

 

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SOLD: 2011 Simon Fay OM

 
Brazilian Rosewood Back & Sides
Adirondack Spruce Top
Wood Tile Rosette
BRW Bindings & Back Strip
African Blackwood Fretboard
BRW Bridge & Headstock Veneer
Keith Robson Tuners

 

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SOLD: 2010 Simon Fay OM

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Cocobolo Back & Sides
Carpathian Spruce Top
Florentine Cutaway
Bevel for Comfort
African Blackwood Fretboard
Ebony Bindings
Ebony/Bloodwood Purfling
Wenge Rosette
Fossilized Ivory Bridge Pins
BRW Bridge
Gold Waverly Tuners w/Ebony Buttons
25" scale length

 

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