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Fylde
Mandolins currently built in Penrith (Cumbria), England since 1973.
Luthier Roger Bucknall began building guitars at age nine (back in the late 1950s), and continued occasionally building until he was twenty-one. While he was running a folk club, Bucknall soon had a large number of orders for his designs. A friend offered to finance BucknallĀ“s new endeavor, and Bucknall moved to the Fylde coast of Lancashire in 1973 to begin producing guitars. Rather than set up a one-man shop, Bucknall was determined to enter into full production.
Bucknall continued to expand the business through the 1970s, and by the end of the decade had a staff of around twelve people building twenty guitars a week. Bucknall estimates that half of the production was being sold to the U.S. market, the rest in Europe.
In the later half of 1979 to 1980, Bucknall suffered through personal family problems, coupled with a fading market and struggling finances. In 1980, the company went broke, and Fylde Instruments Ltd. was closed down.
Bucknall, with the help of another close friend, continued making about 100 guitars a year under the Fylde Guitars name. He also launched a business making snooker cues at this time.
Bucknall sold the snooker business in 1992 and re-invested in Fylde Guitars. Fylde produced around 400 instruments a year. With traditional wood supplies becoming scarce, Bucknall sought a source of renewable new materials for his guitars, and was committed to not purchasing any more rosewood or ebony unless the wood came from a substantial source.
In addition to the numerous guitar models, Fylde Guitars also offers a number of models from the Mandolin family, such as the Mandola, Cittern, Portuguese Mandola, "Octavious" Bouzouki, and the Mandolin. All prices are listed in pounds. For more information, visit Fylde's website.

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